For DonorsFor Applicants

Dennis L. N. Yakobson Scholarship Fund

1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Apr 15, 2024
Winners Announced
May 15, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Field of Study:
Sustainable energy sciences

Dennis L. N. Yakobson was a beloved father-in-law who impacted the world through the work he was passionate about.

This scholarship seeks to perpetuate Dennis Yakobson’s enduring dedication to the advancement of sustainable energy solutions. Sustainability is crucial to ensuring the future wellness of the world, requiring the efforts of the brightest minds of the next generation.

In honor of Dennis Yakobson, this scholarship aims to support students who share his passion for renewability and sustainability.

Any high school senior interested in pursuing sustainable energy sciences or related fields may apply for this scholarship opportunity. 

To apply, tell us how you think we can use renewable and traditional energy to ensure sustainable world solutions.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Impact, Passion
Published November 17, 2023
Essay Topic

How can we use renewable and traditional energy to ensure sustainable and environmentally-sound solutions for human kind?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Chloe Fox
Ravenscroft SchoolRaleigh, NC
In the face of growing environmental concerns and the need for sustainable solutions, the integration of both renewable and traditional energy sources has emerged as a crucial strategy. By leveraging the strengths of each, we can create a balanced and resilient energy landscape that meets the demands of a growing global population while minimizing environmental impact. Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal, have gained significant popularity in recent years due to their clean and inexhaustible nature. Solar power, derived from harnessing sunlight through photovoltaic cells, provides a decentralized and abundant energy source. Similarly, wind energy utilizes the kinetic energy of the wind to generate electricity, offering a scalable solution for regions with varying wind patterns. Hydroelectric power, produced through the flow of water, and geothermal energy, derived from the Earth's internal heat, further contribute to the diversification of our energy portfolio. These renewable sources present several advantages. Firstly, they are sustainable in the long run, as they do not deplete finite resources. Secondly, they significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigating climate change and its adverse effects. Moreover, the decentralization of renewable energy systems empowers communities and promotes energy independence. However, despite these benefits, the intermittent nature of some renewable sources poses challenges for maintaining a reliable energy supply. This is where traditional energy sources, such as fossil fuels and nuclear power, play a complementary role. Fossil fuels, including coal, oil, and natural gas, have been the backbone of global energy production for decades. While they contribute to environmental degradation through carbon emissions, advancements in technology, such as carbon capture and storage, aim to mitigate their impact. Nuclear power, although controversial due to concerns about safety and radioactive waste disposal, offers a low-carbon alternative with a consistent and reliable energy output. Nuclear fusion research, in particular, holds promise as a cleaner and safer way to harness nuclear energy. To achieve a sustainable energy future, a transition towards renewable energy sources is imperative. However, an immediate and complete shift is challenging due to infrastructural, economic, and technological constraints. Therefore, a transitional period that includes the responsible use of traditional energy sources is a pragmatic approach. In addition to technological advancements, policy frameworks and public awareness are essential components of this transition. Governments and international organizations must incentivize the adoption of renewable technologies through subsidies, tax incentives, and regulatory measures. Simultaneously, educating the public on the importance of sustainable energy practices fosters a culture of responsible consumption. In conclusion, the integration of renewable and traditional energy sources is key to achieving a sustainable and environmentally sound energy landscape. While renewables offer clean and inexhaustible options, traditional sources provide reliability and support during the transition. A balanced approach, supported by technological innovation, policy initiatives, and public engagement, will pave the way for a future where energy meets the needs of humanity without compromising the health of our planet.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 15, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2024.

This scholarship has been awarded, but we have hundreds more!
Find a perfect scholarship now