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June 22, 2007
Alcoa Foundation Partners with American Museum of Natural History on Young Naturalists Award Program
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To promote participation and communication in science, Alcoa Foundation
has partnered with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to
provide a three-year funding grant to the annual Young Naturalists Award
(YNA) competition. Students in grades 7-12 across the United States,
plan, execute, and report on their scientific investigation on an
environmental question of their choice.
Their report essays—accompanied by
illustrations and photographs—are reviewed by
a group of science educators and environmentalists to select winners
based on originality, quality of research, thoughtfulness of analysis,
accuracy, and style of writing. In successive rounds of assessment, from
around 700 applications, 48 finalists are chosen for final judging by a
panel of Museum scientists and educators to select 12 winners, two in
each grade level.
“We are pleased and proud to sponsor the
American Museum of Natural History Young Naturalist Awards program,
which is helping encourage the scientists and environment professionals
of tomorrow,” said Meg McDonald, President of
the Alcoa Foundation. “The Young Naturalist
Awards Program combines education, conservation, and sustainability—key
areas of focus for Alcoa Foundation.”
The 2007 winning projects range from investigations of water pollution
in lakes and rivers, lichen as indicators of traffic pollution, plant
diversity by elevation level, toad habitats, the effect of roofing
material on global warming, and bird species in India.
The winners will be honored at a ceremony at the AMNH in New York City
on June 22, at which Alcoa Foundation President Meg McDonald and Alcoa
Director of Sustainability Anita Roper will help present the awards.
Winners receive a scholarship and a paid trip to the awards ceremony,
where they meet Museum scientists and take a behind-the-scenes tour of
the AMNH. The AMNH also sends letters of recognition to Senators of the
states where the YNA winners reside and features the winning essays in a
fall issue of Natural History magazine and the annual YNA catalog.
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aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of
the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging,
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of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and
components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap®
foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and
Baco® household wraps. Among its other
businesses are closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and
electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has
122,000 employees in 44 countries and has been named one of the top most
sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in
Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is a separately constituted nonprofit U.S. corporate
foundation with assets of approximately $534 million. Its mission is to
actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide.
Throughout its history, the Foundation has been a source of positive
community change and enhancement, with nearly $437 million invested
The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in over 30
countries by partnering with Alcoa communities around the world to make
a difference. Global and local grantmaking is responsive to the needs
and aspirations of Alcoa communities and marshals the combined
expertise, energies, and values of Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation to provide
a world-class standard of excellence in corporate citizenship.
In 2006, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested a combined total of $42.3
million in community programs in 32 countries, focusing on four areas of
excellence: conservation and sustainability, global education and
workplace skills, business and community partnerships, and safe and
healthy children and families. Alcoa Foundation manages the Alcoa
employee volunteer programs ACTION and Bravo! For more information,
visit www.alcoa.com, under Community.