Towson University freshman Dominique Overman, of Abingdon, Md., is this year’s recipient of the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Hon. Arthur Dorman Scholarship.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through environmental education, community outreach and local watershed restoration.
The $5,000 scholarship honors the late state Sen. Arthur Dorman, who played a large role in bringing Chesapeake Bay Trust grant programs to a greater diversity of Maryland communities. The award is given each year to a student of color.
Overman is an environmental science major in TU’s Honors College. She graduated from the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School, where she was part of the school’s Green Team.
As Douglass Hall’s eco-rep, Overman attends campus building council meetings and channels information about sustainability efforts and environmental events to her fellow residents.
Overman’s longtime interest in ecology stems from her first visit to Germany, whose citizens are extremely eco-conscious. While there, she saw all that Germans do to protect and sustain the environment—things she realized weren’t being done at home. “I became passionate about protecting the environment and implementing in America the kinds of sustainability efforts I saw in Germany,” she says.
She dreams about a career that would enable her to contribute to the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay. “I want to stay in Maryland after earning my degree,” she says. “This is where I want to make a difference.”