This scholarship was created in memory of Mary Rita ("MR") Batesole, whose many years of committed stewardship of the environmental health and well-being of Lakes Rescue and Pauline in Ludlow, Vermont was unwavering.  The scholarship (link to application is below) will support a regional graduating high school senior or a currently enrolled college or vocational student pursuing environmental education, broadly defined.  Students must demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment and be currently or planning to earn a degree in any field related to understanding and promoting environmental health and/or environmental sustainability.

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AMOUNT:  One scholarship of up to $1,000.  Applicants may re-apply in successive years.

ELIGIBILITY:  Successful applicant must:

  1. reside in southern Windsor County, Vermont or surrounding towns.  (Towns include Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Clarendon, Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Mount Tabor, Plymouth, Reading, Shrewsbury, Springfield, Wallingford, Weathersfield, West Windsor, Weston, Windsor, and Woodstock.)  Qualified Lakes Rescue/Pauline long-term seasonal residents may also be considered. Preference will be given to Ludlow residents.
  2. be a graduating high school senior
  3. seeking a degree or certificate in any field related to environmental education and/or sustainability
  4. demonstrate academic achievement
  5. demonstrate a strong work ethic and school/community involvement, preferably but not necessarily in environmental endeavors
  6. demonstrate financial need
  7. letter of acceptance from chosen institution, when available.


  1. Completed application (link below)
  2. Official academic transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.85
  3. 2 non-family letters of recommendation. These may be from teachers, employers, religious leaders, or community service supervisors.
  4. FAFSA form (the form and instructions can be found here:
  5. Letter of acceptance from chosen institution, when available

APPLICATION PROCESS:  The application and these instructions can be found at A complete application packet can be either e-mailed or postal mailed. The application should be downloaded, completed, and then either attached with supporting materials in an email to, or sent by postal mail to Lake Rescue Association, PO Box 372, Ludlow, VT 05149.  Please email with any questions.

2023 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications in any given scholarship year must be received (electronically or postmarked) by May 31.

APPLICATION REVIEW AND AWARD NOTIFICATION:  Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the Lake Rescue Association.  All applicants will be notified by June 30.  For the award recipient, upon receipt of acceptance letter from the chosen institution, award will be sent directly to the recipient’s educational institution, not to the recipient.

PRIVACY POLICY.  The Lake Rescue Association, Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit organization which can be reached by emailing or by mail to P.O. Box 372, Ludlow, VT 05149.  All information collected from applicants is considered strictly confidential, will not be shared with anyone at any time outside the evaluation committee, and will be destroyed upon completion of the application process. Please contact us if you would like any further information.