Middletown, RI. – June 20, 2017 – Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) has selected two local high school seniors to receive the fourth annual Environmental Leadership Award (“ELA”) for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship supports youth leaders on Aquidneck Island who inspire our community by promoting land conservation and environmentalism through their continued efforts. From this year’s competitive applicant group, ALT has selected Matthew Carlone of Middletown High School and Tyler Blake of Rogers High School to receive awards.

“The impact that young students can have on a community is incredible,” said Chuck Allott, Executive Director of ALT. “The ELA is a great way to both inspire and reward high school seniors who show a life-long commitment to preserving our environment for future generations.” Allott personally awarded $500 scholarships to both winners at their respective high school awards ceremonies.

Matthew Carlone demonstrated a passion to protect Aquidneck Island’s ecology through his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America and an internship with Clean City Newport. Matthew plans to further his education next year by pursuing a degree in environmental engineering at The George Washington University.

Tyler Blake showed a great interest in ecology through his involvement in horticulture and fishing. His efforts to preserve Aquidneck Island’s natural landscapes are exemplified by his senior project, in which he organized students to pick up trash around Rogers High School, Morton Park, and other local areas.
The students were nominated for the awards by their high school teachers and guidance counselors. Details about the 2018 award will be posted to the ALT website next spring.

About the Aquidneck Land Trust: Aquidneck Land Trust’s time-sensitive mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community while connecting people with the land that defines the Island’s natural character. The organization has conserved 2,552 acres on 76 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the first land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation. For more information, visit www.ailt.org.