3rd Annual Peter & Rochelle Koch Scholarship to                                  Mariam Beg

This spring, Valley Land Alliance awarded its 2017 Peter & Rochelle Koch Scholarship to Mariam Beg, a UC Merced student majoring in environmental engineering.  Beg’s current passions are in sustainability and environmental justice, areas she has been able to explore and be active in while studying at UC Merced.  While enrolled in course taught by Professor Joshua Viers, a watershed scientist, she learned about water contamination, specifically how nitrates affect Merced County and the Central Valley.


She is involved with sustainable and green efforts on campus, including Engineers for Sustainable World (ESW) whose mission is to address the sustainability challenges of the modern world and Vanguard, the University’s engineering student council.  She ultimately would like to receive a PhD in civil and environmental engineering with an eye towards opening a water treatment clinic in her native Lucknow, India.


The Peter and Rochelle Koch Scholarship was established to award a UC Merced student whose interests align closely with that of Valley Land Alliance. VLA would like to congratulate this year’s recipient and wish her the best on her educational and social justice journey.

Thanks to the VLA Scholarship Committee for helping read the applications. Additionally, thanks to Linda Zubke, Assistant Dean for Student Support at UC Merced’ School of Engineering, for helping get the word out to the University community. Next year’s scholarship cycle will be available on UC Merced Common Application for scholarships in mid-spring.  This will help streamline the process and make this opportunity available to more interested students. For more information, contact any VLA member.

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