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Phoebe Little Awarded South Portland Land Trust Scholarship

posted Jul 12, 2016, 6:26 PM by South Portland Land Trust
Phoebe Little
On June 10 in the South Portland High School auditorium, student Phoebe Little received a $500 scholarship from the South Portland Land Trust.  Little was chosen for this award based on her dedication to outdoor leadership, education, and conservation.  This is the first scholarship awarded by this organization.

“The South Portland Land Trust Board of Directors created this new scholarship program to support local students with a dedication to environmental stewardship,” said Land Trust Board Member Bethany Woodworth.  “Phoebe is a great match.”

Little’s interest is deeply influenced by a summer residence experience with the Coastal Studies for Girls Marine Science and Leadership School in her sophomore year.  She has continued her involvement with the school and was later selected for their Alumni Gratitude Award.  Last summer she was selected to be part of the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program which included research and backpacking in Baxter State Park.

“It was an incredible surprise to be named the first recipient of the South Portland Land Trust scholarship,” Little said in an email to Woodworth.

The $500 scholarship award includes a copy of Jeff Ryan's new book Appalachian Odyssey, a South Portland trail map, and a membership with the South Portland Land Trust.  

Little will be attending Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in the fall, but will continue to call South Portland home.  “I’m so grateful to have grown up in a community of people who value and work to preserve Maine’s green spaces,” she said.

The South Portland Land Trust is a nonprofit organization committed to linking neighborhoods and improving quality of life in South Portland through expanding the city’s trail network, conserving open space, and educating the public on issues related to trails and open space.  They hold sixteen properties and easements within the City of South Portland to preserve natural habitats, trail access, and open space for public enjoyment.