Robin Hopkins Amper Environmental Scholarship

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The Long Island Pine Barrens Society has established a scholarship for Long Island students. It will be administered through the Long Island Community Foundation.


Robin Hopkins Amper Environmental Scholarship Application

Robin Hopkins Amper was a steadying force for Long Island Pine Barrens protection. Robin, alongside her husband, Richard Amper, formed a team whose contributions to Long Island’s environment were immeasurable. Robin was 72 and died after a four-year battle with metastatic breast cancer, in April of 2019.

In 2020, the Long Island Pine Barrens Society’s Board of Directors  established a scholarship in her name, for Long Island residents who are committed to the environment, much the way Robin was. Students pursuing an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and sciences, biology, ecology, sustainability, public policy, and land and water protection are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Students may attend any accredited college in the U.S.

The inaugural year of this program was so successful that the Society has decided to offer two awards: one to a rising high school student and a second to a current college student. For 2021, high school seniors who will be college freshmen in fall 2021 and college freshmen who will be college sophomores in fall 2021 are eligible to apply. Long Island Pine Barrens Society employees, their relatives and board members are not eligible.

Criteria for selecting the awardee are as follows:

  • Academic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA and above average SAT/ACT scores) (6 points)
  • Personal essay (4 points)
  • Volunteer/extracurricular activities (4 points)
  • Letters of reference (two academic and one personal) (3 points)
  • Financial need (3 points)

Scholarships will be in the amount of $5,000, with $2,500 disbursed in September and January. The January payment is contingent upon a student’s maintaining the eligible major and a minimum GPA of 2.5 This year’s application deadline is July 23, 2021.  The awardees will be notified by August 13. A student is eligible for the scholarship one time only.

Interested and eligible students may apply at Robin Hopkins Amper Environmental Scholarship portalOnce at the portal site, students will need to create an account. Enter the access code LRHAMS to reach the application and apply.

The Robin Hopkins Amper Environmental Scholarship Fund is an investment in Long Island’s environmental future and a memorial to an extraordinary human being.

Please feel free to email Nina Leonhardt at ninaaleonhardt@gmail.com should you have any questions.


If you wish to contribute to the Scholarship Fund, please click here.