SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS
Rusticus generously provides grants and scholarships to environmental organizations in the community that share our mission. Thanks to the largesse of our members fundraising efforts, we underwrite summer internships for primarily college students at local not for profit organizations. Rusticus sees this as an opportunity to foster the next generation of environmental stewards as well as helping the organizations that employ the interns. Last year the following organizations received our internship grants:
In 2011, Mianus River Gorge, Inc. (MRG) and Rusticus Garden Club established a three-year, Wildlife Technician Program honoring the late MJ Mercurio, a beloved member of Rusticus. Since then, Rusticus has contributed internship support for many high school students chosen by MRG.
Annually, Rusticus makes donations to a number of local organizations, and periodically we award grants for specific projects at community environmental organizations. In 2009 Rusticus granted $20,000 to the Marsh Sanctuary for a community garden. In 2016 we awarded $20,000 towards five projects; a compost project at Fox Lane High School, a wildflower garden at Mianus River Gorge, native plant signage at Hilltop Hanover Farm, a bee curriculum at Westmoreland Sanctuary, and planters of native plants in Bedford Hills.