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Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability

Wangari Muta Maathai

MAS was on hand Friday for the announcement of the Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability. The annual $10,000 cash award will be given to one female and one male public high school senior and was inaugurated by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bette Midler Family Trust, New York Restoration Project and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. MAS is administering the award.

The award was established in honor of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (2004), a visionary environmentalist, and founder of the Green Belt Movement, a tree-planting campaign to promote sustainable development, woman’s empowerment, and democracy in Kenya.

The award is intended to be used by the student for their first year of college. Applicants must:

  • Be a senior in NYC public school intending to attend college in fall 2013
  • Demonstrate commitment to and activity in civic engagement
  • Demonstrate commitment to and activity in sustainability projects
  • Provide evidence of having completed a sustainability project in high school that shows evidence of leadership, commitment to sustainability, mobilization of others

Applications can be submitted online before January 4, 2013 at 5pm. If you have any questions, please email