Tom ODell Scholarship
Under Tom ODell’s leadership the town has permanently protected over 1,000 acres of forested open space that sustains fresh water quality and quantity in Westbrook’s rivers, estuaries and Long Island Sound; protects wildlife habitat; and provides opportunity for passive recreation. The results of his conservation advocacy and actions for preserving forest land and protecting water quality will enhance the character of the community and be enjoyed by present and future generations. Tom grew up exploring CT’s woodlands and spent 35 great years with the US Forest Service as a Research Forest Entomologist developing biological controls of invasive forest insects.
Purpose – The Tom ODell Scholarship has been established in recognition of his half century of volunteer leadership in conservation and preservation of Westbrook’s natural resources as Chairman of the Conservation Commission, and to encourage young men and women of Westbrook High School to pursue a career in a science or in a teaching profession related to the conservation, preservation and restoration of natural resources, including coastal resources.
Criteria for Selection
- The applicant must complete the "Westbrook Foundation Application".
- The candidate must intend to pursue a career in a science or teaching related to the conservation and protection of natural resources, including coastal resources.
- The candidate must show academic achievement as well as school and community service.
- The candidate must exhibit good moral and ethical character.
- The candidate's financial need is a consideration.
- The candidate must be a member of the Westbrook High School graduating class.
- The candidate is intending to attend a four year college.
Scholarship Board - This award is at the decision of the Westbrook Conservation Commission with the help of Trustees of the Westbrook Foundation
Amount of Award - $500
Deadline - Applications are due in the Guidance office or mailed to The Westbrook Foundation, Inc. and postmarked on or before April 1st.