At the end of every school year, the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve award the Bob Breen Scholarship to a graduating Half Moon Bay High School senior planning a career in the sciences. The award is named in honor of Bob Breen, the first ranger at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. In recent years, FFMR has been able to award two scholarships, and this year’s recipients are Jeff Warshauer and Anna Terry.
FFMR board member Joseph Centoni got to know both students in the Marine Ecology program he teaches at the high school. He reports:
Jeff is planning to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next year and will be majoring in Environmental Management and Protection. He took the marine ecology class at Half Moon Bay High because he’s interested in the ocean and marine ecosystems and enjoys working outdoors. He was excited to be able to take part in our many field trips to the reserve. Jeff picked his major at Cal Poly because he’s interested in the ways humans interact with and impact the environment.
Anna will be attending UC Santa Cruz in the fall and plans to major in Marine Biology. She is excited to be going to UC Santa Cruz not just because of the amazing campus, but also because of the Marine Biology program. She took the marine ecology class at Half Moon Bay High and also picked her major at UCSC because of her interest in zoology and the biology of marine animals. After finishing college, Anna hopes to have a job where she can work closely with marine animals and spend time in the field.