The name Ecophilian is derived from “eco-” meaning habitat or environment and “philia” meaning a friendly feeling for. To that end, caring for creation with ecological awareness is the focus of St. Mark’s environmental committee. A perfect local example of this mission is our own church campus, for which the Ecophilians provided important guidance in terms of energy-saving design and environmental sustainability during the two-year building process. They also participate in the annual Orange County Coalition for the Environment Conference, coordinate St. Mark’s yearly Earth Day program, and award the annual Parry Environmental Scholarships to two deserving college students who have a demonstrated interest in the spiritual dimension of environmental sciences.
Bob and LaRae Parry Environmental Scholarship
Funded and Awarded by St. Mark Presbyterian Church (USA)
Who & What: Two $1,500 scholarships for college junior, senior, or graduate level students enrolled in environmental sciences or an associated field at an accredited college or university in the USA. Preference given to a CA connection. The required personal statement connecting their faith, the environment and their career goals is crucial to the award.
When: Application forms currently available on the church Web-site, and must be returned to the Parry Environmental Scholarship Committee, St. Mark Presbyterian Church (USA), 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660, postmarked no later than March 22, 2017. Awards will be made in April.
Why: Caring for creation is central to the mission of the Presbyterian Church. These scholarships are intended to encourage and inspire students who seek a career that will extend a positive environmental influence in the wider community
Download the Environmental Scholarship Application Click Here, Deadline March 22, 2017