Students from the Peel region off to US as part of Alcoa program


Alcoa Foundation NatureBridge recipients that who take part in one of four US expeditions later this month.
Alcoa Foundation NatureBridge recipients that who take part in one of four US expeditions later this month.

SIX students from the Peel region have been chosen to embark on the trip of a lifetime as part of the NatureBridge program run by Alcoa.

Karina Graham (16), of Mandurah, Chad Plummer (16), of North Yunderup, Jayde Watts (16), of Pinjarra, Isabella Biggs (16), of Mandurah, Melanie Dixon (17), of Furnissdale and Jacob Damstra (16), of Lake Clifton will travel to the United States to visit a range of UNESCO world heritage sites, including Yosemite National Park.

As part of the trip, the students will conduct research and explore environmental issues unique to some of the places they visit.

They make up 100 of the scholarships from around the world that have been awarded.

Alcoa of Australia chairman Michael Parker said the company was proud to provide this opportunity to young people with a passion for the environment.

“The successful scholars were selected because of their outstanding applications and recommendation letters,” he said. “It was clear that they are all very committed to their education, keen to become future environmental leaders and hope to make a positive difference in the world.”

The scholarships are hosted by not-for-profit organisation NatureBridge. They provide hands-on environmental field science education for teens and cover the cost of airfares, visas and the program.