Think Green: Where Your Trash Goes Scholarship

Have you ever wondered where your trash goes? The staff at the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation wanted to know, and thanks to Belen Perez, environmental sciences major and Jennifer Coley, a marine biology major, our fellow CKSF employees, we not only figured it out, but found a way to share it with others. For this reason, CKSF developed the Think Green: Where Your Trash Goes Scholarship that is based on the recycling initiatives made by Waste Management Inc, the largest environmental solutions provider in North America.

“It’s an amazing feeling being able to create a scholarship that is meant to educate people and the importance of sustainability and recycling. With the educational material taken from Waste Management’s website, I hope that individuals will enjoy studying for the quizzes as well as the opportunity to learn something new,” says Belen as she talks about her experience coordinating this scholarship.

The Where Your Trash Goes scholarship uses the educational material found on the Waste Management website, and has been made available to all high school, college, and out of school individuals for free without an essay or GPA requirement. This web-based quiz competition scholarship takes less than 5 minutes to complete by simply logging in to and registering for an account. The first place winner, which will be determined by the highest quiz score measured by time and accuracy, will earn a $250 scholarship to the college or university of his or her choosing.

There are two 15-question quizzes in the challenge round followed by a championship round to the individuals that score in the top 25%.

In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage – leaving a legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash for his or her children and if that wasn’t enough Americans throw away enough office paper annually to build a wall 12 feet high, stretching from Los Angeles to New York City. Sustainability, recycling, and bioremediation, are key elements to the continuing function of our landfills.

The time to be informed is now! All it takes is a desire to make our earth a better place to live – today and for future generations – plus a commitment from each of us who feels a responsibility to our shared environment. So log onto and take the quiz. It’s the first step in making a difference and possibly earning scholarship money at the same time.

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