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Aquetong Watershed Association awards Crooks Scholarship

The Aquetong Watershed Association has granted the Malcolm P. Crooks Honorary Scholarship to Jessica Steinberg.

AWA President Jade Greene and Vice President Les Isbrandt will present the award at New Hope-Solebury High School’s Senior Award Ceremony on June 12.

In the fall, Steinbeg will attend the University of Pittsburgh Honors College and plans to major in bioengineering or biology. At New Hope, she achieved an excellent overall grade point average and excelled in many AP science courses. She also served as an officer in the Environmental Club, volunteered as a junior firefighter in the New Hope Eagle Fire Company and served on New Hope Borough’s Junior Council.

Chris Cook, a New Hope-Solebury High School science teacher and member of the AWA Scholarship Committee, polled the high school science department faculty who also recommended Steinberg.

“Jessica was a unanimous decision among those that have had her in class. She is an outstanding student and a wonderful person,” said Cook.

The AWA established the Malcolm P. Crooks Honorary Scholarship to be awarded to a civic-minded New Hope-Solebury High School senior who has displayed excellence in science and who plans to continue his/her formal education in the broad field of physical sciences.

“The scholarship honors Malcolm’s many outstanding contributions, regionally and nationally, which has fostered a greater public appreciation for conservation and the value in protecting the environment,” said Greene. “His work in our community will forever serve as an excellent example of how one individual can make a lasting impact.”

Crooks, who died on May 25, was a Solebury Township native, a lifelong conservationist, and the founder of many conservation-oriented nonprofit organizations including the AWA. He had been actively involved with conservation since the 1940s and was a strong voice for protecting the environment.

The AWA is as an all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve, preserve and protect the natural resources of the Aquetong watershed.

To learn more about the AWA or to contribute to the Scholarship Fund, contact 267-714-8170, email or visiting