Kopp Honored With Prestigious Scholarship Award
April 24, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior rower Marika Kopp was honored with the Thomas B. and Loraine K. LeNoir Scholarship on Thursday, April 24. Kopp received the award in the Holdsworth Hall on the University of Massachusetts campus.
The award is earned based on merit and is given by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning as well as the Department for Environmental Design. It was established to provide scholarships to students interested in continued research and education with regards to planning, preservation and restoration of natural sites.
"It was an honor to receive the award," said Kopp. "I realize that I am a student-athlete and that my education is first and foremost important, so it means a lot to be recognized for my effort both on and off the water. I have expressed continued interest with working with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and cleaning up the Connecticut River. As a rower, I see the issues our river faces everyday, and by combining my love for my sport with my passion in the field of planning and design, I see huge opportunities in terms of research and rehabilitation of our area's watershed. Hopefully this is the first step in beginning that process and I couldn't be more excited."
Kopp, a Baldwinsville, N.Y., native, has rowed in the six seat for the undefeated Varsity 8+ boat during the current spring season. As a member of the boat, she was a recipient of the UMass Athlete of the Week Award on April 14. As a result of her dedication as a student-athlete, Kopp was also named to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll.