28 June 2016

Alcoa awards sixteen science scholarships

2016 Alcoa Foundation Naturebridge recipients that will take part in one of four US expeditions later this month.

Sixteen young Australians, including 12 from the Peel Region, will experience the breathtaking wonders of UNESCO world heritage sites in the United States of America after being awarded Naturebridge scholarships by Alcoa Foundation. 
The NatureBridge program is designed to empower students aged 16 – 18 to learn how their actions impact their community and the world around them.
An incredible 100 scholarships have been awarded to young people in communities where Alcoa operations around the world. During their adventures, scholars will conduct research and explore environmental issues in three of the world’s most beautiful and protected lands including Yosemite National Park in California, Olympic National Park in Washington or Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
In the coming months, the scholars will embark on their expedition and engage in a number of activities along the way; learning about team work, environmental care and most importantly, their fellow scholars’ cultures.
Alcoa of Australia Chairman and Managing Director Michael Parker said the company was proud to provide this opportunity to young people with a passion for the environment.
“The successful scholars were selected because of their outstanding applications and recommendation letters. It was clear that they are all very committed to their education, keen to become future environmental leaders and hope to make a positive difference in the world,” Michael said.
“With hundreds of applications worldwide, it is an outstanding achievement to be chosen for the scholarship and we are delighted that 16 young people from Australia will attend this year’s Naturebridge expeditions.”
The scholarships, which were first offers in 2014, are hosted by non-profit organisation NatureBridge. They provide hands-on environmental field science education for teens and cover the cost of airfares, visas and the full two-week program.
Media contacts
Cheri Hodgson – 0450 393 651 / cheri.hodgson@alcoa.com.au
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $480 million. Founded 64 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $635 million in communities worldwide. In 2015, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2015, 47 percent of Alcoa employees took part in 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 300,000 people and 400 nonprofit organizations.
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About Alcoa
A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our approximately 59,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products.
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