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Summerville students receive scholarships for conservation work

Two Summerville students with plans to pursue biology and environmental studies have each received $1,000 scholarships from the Berkeley Soil and Water Conservation District.

Since 2015, the district has awarded scholarships to community students promoting conservation practices. This year's recipients are Mary Kate Powell and Addison Foster, according to a Berkeley Soil and Water press release.

Powell is a rising junior and member of the Honors Program at Charleston Southern University, according to the release. This fall, she begins a position as a microbiology laboratory teaching assistant and plans to pursue a Master's degree in marine biology. Her long term goal is to protect wildlife and the earth. 

Powell is the daughter of Summerville residents Rob and Jill Powell, and she also serves as a youth leader at her church.

Foster is a freshman at Clemson University majoring in environmental and natural resource management. He was an honors student at Cane Bay High School where he served two years as president of his chapter of Future Farmers of America. He has aided in wildlife restoration projects involving the improvement and restoration of wildlife habitats like salt marsh restoration and constructing habitats for at-risk bird species. He plans after college to "tackle" the Lowcountry's urban sprawl problem. He is the son of Adam and Amanda Foster.

Berkeley Soil and Water Conservation District has given out $14,000 of scholarships to community students over the years, the press release says. To receive the scholarship, a student must be a Berkeley County resident whose college or university is accredited and located in South Carolina.

For those interested in scholarship opportunities, email