Miya Pavlock-McAuliffe of Bremerton, Washington, a Pacific Northwest Salmon Center StreamTeam Intern, has been awarded the Paul G. Ancich Scholarship by the Washington Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Coalition (RFEGC).
The Ancich Scholarship was created in 2011 by the RFEGC and the Salmon Center as a memorial scholarship to commemorate the conservation efforts of Paul G. Ancich. Ancich served as the RFEGC chair and president and advisory council member for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Lands Management. He was an early supporter of Gig Harbor’s Donkey Creek Chum Festival and of the community’s efforts to establish a chum hatchery. Ancich was a commercial fisherman who strove to prevent the decline of salmon and salmon habitat.
The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG) is a member of the RFEGC and developed the StreamTeam program where Pavlock-McAuliffe interned. The organization has supported area students with interests in environmental science, fisheries, biology, ecology, or other related fields for many years.
“We are very pleased the Ancich scholarship was awarded to a student in our region,” states HCSEG Executive Director Ted Smith. “Miya’s excellent contributions continue the impressive legacy of college student work in Hood Canal streams and watersheds.”
Upon receiving the $2,000 scholarship award, Pavlock-McAuliffe said, “I am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had through the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, and this scholarship will definitely be very helpful in paying tuition. I am honored to be the recipient, especially after hearing that applicants were from all across the state.”
The RFEGC is comprised of fourteen Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups throughout the state of Washington. These groups are nonprofit, community-based organizations dedicated to enhancing salmon populations across Washington State.