Two local students recognized with Snider Family Scholarship

Pictured left to right are Sue Clark, Emma Gutierrez, Stacy Grossman and Mike Clark.

Two local students have been recognized for both their service to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and their future potential. Stacy Grossman and Emma Gutierrez were recently awarded the William and Shirley Snider Family Scholarship.

Applicants for the scholarship are required to have a strong academic record and have completed 100 hours of service at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center over a 12-month time period. They must have been accepted to an accredited college or university to pursue a degree in any course of study that would contribute to and further the mission of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

Stacy, a Cleveland resident and recent graduate of Saint Joseph Academy, is headed to Hiram College in the fall and intends to study environmental science. When younger, Stacy brought an injured squirrel to the Center and dreamed of becoming a part of the mission. “My dream came true! I volunteered for about four years and I'm unbelievably grateful," Stacy said. "I learned so much and the people I've met are so dedicated and passionate.”

Emma, a recent graduate of Bay High School, plans to study conservation biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. “I was able to find passion for nature through the Center early on and that has helped to define my entire life,” Emma said. “I may have never realized that passion without my involvement at the nature center.”

Both recipients received $500 to be used towards their tuition.

Shirley Snider, with support from her husband William, worked closely with Elberta Fleming to create the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Their daughter and son-law, Sue and Mike Clark, continue to support the Center through their volunteer work and the funding of this scholarship.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring each of us to understand, appreciate and take responsibility for our natural universe. Those who share Emma and Stacy’s enthusiasm for this mission can get involved with programs such as Keeper for a Day and Project Wildlife. More information about these programs is available at

Wendy Hanna

Wendy Hanna is a staff member with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.02.2015