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Environmental Studies Scholarships for
Jefferson County High School and College Students 

Phil Johnson

Purpose: Jefferson County Democrats established a scholarship to encourage the pursuit of environmental studies. The intent of the scholarship is to provide funds for study in environmental education, to high school students residing in Jefferson County who are planning to go forward with post-secondary studies in the environmental sciences.

Phil Johnson is a native son, who grew up experiencing and appreciating the environment of the Olympic Peninsula. He became a community leader in preservation and support of environmental protection. As a County Commissioner, he was dedicated to protecting the marine environment and all of the creatures who exist in it, on behalf of all the people who admire and enjoy it. Of particular concern to Phil, based in part on his experience as a commercial fisher, was the protection of the indigenous salmon species of the Pacific NW. Therefore, one of the major aspects of his career as a County Commissioner was working diligently to keep net pen fish farming from developing in the waters surrounding Jefferson County. For that one course of action alone, Phil deserves the lasting gratitude of all the people who live here in Jefferson County now and in the future.

2017 Scholarship Recipients:

Congratulations to local students Ælfhild Wiklund and Rian Plastow, two outstanding applicants, who were each awarded $1,000 towards their studies in the environmental sciences.

Rian Plastow

Ælfhild Wiklund