Hannah Rousey Scholarship Fund

This is a request for financial support to our friend (and 2016 Fryeburg Academy graduate) Hannah Rousey for her hard work and pricipled decision to not allow the largest food and beverage corporation in the world use her as a tool for "bluewashing" .

Hannah  just rejected scholarship money from the Nestlé Corporation (for their Poland Spring brand bottled ‪water‬) because of their environmentally damaging practices. She was nominated by her teachers for this award (no application process) but couldn't accept it having witnessed first hand how harmful they can be to communities as they attempt to control our groundwater resources. 

From an article that was written for The Bridgton News:

“I am grateful for the scholarship I have been awarded, but I cannot in good faith accept money from a company that does not exhibit sustainable and ethical practices,” she wrote to Poland Springs Bottling Company on June 2. “For me to accept your scholarship would be hypocritical. I am in hopes that more people of my generation will become aware of the dire need to protect our water and the earth’s other precious resources.”

Facing a steep educational price tag, Hannah says the decision to turn down the scholarship was the right thing to do — for her.

“I am in need of a lot of financial support to attend school in the fall. I am so appreciative of the scholarship money that I have received,” she said. “Standing up for one’s beliefs and convictions isn’t something that is done only when convenient. It’s important to lead by action, when push comes to shove doing what is right isn’t always what is easy. Accepting money from Poland Springs would go against everything I am going to school for, therefore, I politely declined their offer.”

Hannah will be pursuing a degree in sustainable agriculture and environmental protection law and policy in the fall.  With your generous support, we can all help Hannah with steep tuition costs!

Your community here is so proud of your accomplishments, in the classroom and out. We are grateful for the opportunity to give you support in your educational endeavors.

Community.  Water.  Justice.    Youth shall lead the way!


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