Two students at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service have each been selected to receive a $500 Angela Stokes Award (Scholarship) from MEGUG. The recipients are Christian LaMontagne and Gabby Ravin. Congratulations to you both! For more information on MEGUG scholarships and grants, see our Education and Outreach Page.
Growing up on a small island community, off the coast of Portland, I started working on the water from a young age. Lobstering each summer since high school, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Classics from Bowdoin College in 2021. Ever since I started fishing, I have been interested in the nexus of environmental data, geospatial technology, and fisheries management. Today, as a licensed commercial lobsterman and commercial scallop dragger, I am exploring my interest in public policy and developing important GIS skills that I hope to use to enact meaningful change in my community and beyond. Beginning my study at the Muskie School of Public Service in the fall of 2022, I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Policy, Planning, and Management. I currently reside in my home community, the Town of Long Island in Casco Bay.
I am a sophomore at the University of Southern Maine majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Sustainability Studies. I am an environmentalist, feminist, and animal activist. I love to play with my dogs, hang out with friends, and talk to new people. I'm so thankful for this opportunity to win this scholarship as my interest in GIS is new but rising.