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New Hope-Solebury grad receives scholarship in honor of Malcolm Crooks

The Aquetong Watershed Association has granted the Malcolm P. Crooks Scholarship to Robert Murphy.

The AWA scholarship was announced at New Hope-Solebury High School’s graduation ceremony in June. In the fall, Murphy will attend the University of Pittsburgh and plans to major in environmental science. At New Hope-Solebury, he achieved an excellent overall grade point average and excelled in many AP science courses, including Environmental Science.

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

“Robert was selected to receive the annual AWA Scholarship award on the basis of his scholastic and community achievements. In addition, Robert represents exactly the type of student the AWA wishes to honor in its Malcolm P. Crooks Scholarship program,” said Les Isbrandt, chair of AWA’s Scholarship Committee.

Malcolm P Crooks was a Solebury Township native, a lifelong conservationist, and the founder of many conservation-oriented nonprofit organizations including the AWA. Crooks passed away in May of 2019 at the age of 96.

“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,” added Michael Zolkewitz, president of the AWA. “His work in our community will forever serve as an excellent example of how one individual can make a lasting impact.”

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, emailing or visit