Five CAS students named Hannon Armstrong Climate Solutions Scholars

Hannon Armstrong Climate Solutions Scholars (clockwise, from top left): Ariel Cahn, Lauren Doepke, Whitney Lai, and Mireille Fouh Mbindi. Not pictured: Anton Yushanov

Five undergraduate CAS students, all seniors, have been awarded the Hannon Armstrong Foundation Climate Solutions Scholarship to help them pursue careers related to climate action and sustainability. The establishment of this new scholarship was announced in May.

The recipients are:

  • Ariel Cahn (Environmental Earth Science major and Sustainability co-major)
  • Lauren Doepke (Environmental Earth Science major and Sustainability co-major; Master of Environmental Science student, concentration in Water Resources Management)
  • Mireille Fouh Mbindi (Environmental Earth Science major and Master of Environmental Science Science student, concentration in Transport, Fate & Control of Pollution)
  • Whitney Lai (Architecture major and Environmental Science co-major)
  • Anton Yushanov (Biology major and Environmental Science co-major)

The Hannon Armstrong Climate Solutions Scholarship is need-based and administered at Miami by the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES). It aims to provide financial assistance for high-achieving, sustainability-focused students from underrepresented communities at Miami and Morgan State University. Recipients are encouraged to seek mentorship opportunities with Hannon Armstrong employees.

The Hannon Armstrong Foundation's mission is to accelerate a just transition toward an equitable, inclusive, and climate positive future.

“We are thrilled to offer these student scholars additional resources to help them pursue their career goals in environmental science and sustainability,” said Chris Makaroff, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “All of them are poised to make a big impact.”

“In their applications, our five awardees demonstrated their passionate interest in developing solutions to combat climate change and promote a more equitable and sustainable society,” said Jonathan Levy, director of the IES. “It’s very exciting to watch where their aspirations will take them after they graduate from Miami next year.”

“We extend a hearty congratulations to the inaugural recipients of our Climate Solutions Scholarship at Miami University,” said Hannon Armstrong Foundation President Jeffrey W. Eckel ‘80. “We are proud to support this next generation of climate leaders, who inspire us with their passion and commitment to create a measurable impact on the great challenge of our time.”

The available funds from the scholarship are awarded by the Office of Student Financial Assistance to multiple junior and senior students co-majoring or minoring in programs within the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability and demonstrating financial need. Scholarships may be renewable so long as awarded students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 and satisfactory progress toward their degree.