Scholarship winners announced

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council is happy to announce the 2021 scholarship recipients:
Mr. Dylan Bender, Eagle River High School, winner of the Capt. Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship for Maritime Studies –
“I’ve Always wanted to work on the Ocean and I believe with the right training and the generous support from CIRCAC, I will be able to be an asset to Alaska’s maritime industry and I will work hard to help ensure that our waters are used responsibly and  adequately protected.” – Dylan Bender
Mr. Austin Cline, Homer High School, winner of the James Carter Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Studies –
“Through the commercial fishing industry in which I take part the importance of a thorough understanding of the systems around us has become apparent. Because of this I will pursue a career in mechanical engineering.” – Austin Cline

CIRCAC launched its scholarship program to support area students who are pursuing courses of study that can advance our mission and promote future stewardship of Cook Inlet’s waters and shorelines.

The CIRCAC/James Carter Memorial Scholarship is offered for Environmental Sciences, in honor of the late James Carter and in recognition of his dedicated service as Executive Director of the CIRCAC Board of Directors.

The CIRCAC/Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship is offered for Maritime Studies. Until his death in October 2012, Capt. Richard “Barry” Eldridge was an integral part of the CIRCAC family. He served as a valued public member of the Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety (PROPS) committee for 17 years.

Both men epitomized volunteerism and generosity in their commitment to the Council and its mission. We are a better organization because of their involvement.