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Edward V. Goetz Environmental Science Scholarship Fund Opens at CFHC


Community Foundation of Harford County (CFHC) announces the addition of the Edward V. Goetz Environmental Science Scholarship Fund.

The Scholarship Fund supports graduates of Harford County high schools or their equivalent pursuing an environmental career that requires higher education or advanced training. 

Edward V. Goetz was a native Harford Countian who loved the family farm, fishing, hunting, bird watching, hiking, gardening, and the outdoors. Upon graduation from high school he had a desire to become a Federal Game Warden. He graduated from Towson University with a BS in science and applied for the game warden training whereupon he was put on a waiting list.

While waiting for his name to come up on the list for the game warden position he took a long-term substitute-teaching position at Bel Air High School. Lucky for us, he must have liked it because he went back to school to get his certification to teach and in 1973 took a full time job teaching seventh grade science at North Harford High School.

Ed was one of those teachers who opened the brand new North Harford Middle School in 1976. While at NHMS he distinguished himself as a caring, tough, demanding teacher with a great sense of humor who was not only knowledgeable but could also impart that knowledge to his students. 

Ed received "The Governor's SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE" in 1993 for the many environmental programs he developed at NHMS. Ed had a special commitment to helping protect our environment for today and the future. He developed lessons and programs that taught his students to respect the environment by protecting and restoring the quality of the wildlife, land, air, and water resources. It is only fitting that an environmental scholarship in the name of Edward Goetz be offered to the students of Harford County to provide aid to a new environmentalist and to remember the work and life of this environmental educator and activist.

Community Foundation of Harford County is a nonprofit organization supported by the community through donations, enabling individuals, families and businesses to leave a legacy to benefit the causes about which they care. Charitable gifts are used to make Harford County stronger through grant-making to local nonprofits and through scholarships. Since 2009, CFHC has awarded more than $136,000 in grants to Harford County nonprofit organizations. CFHC is one of 14 community foundations in Maryland and one of 700 across the country.

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