Two F&ES Students Honored for
Volunteerism And Community Service

2015 scholarship recipients yale FES
Photo by Peter Otis
Nicholas McClure ’16 M.E.M. and Marguerite Harden’16 M.E.M.
Two F&ES students have received the the F&ES Alumni Association Board Scholarship in honor of Ruth Allen ’72 M.F.S, ’77 Ph.D. Nicholas McClure ’16 M.E.M., left, and Marguerite Harden ’16 M.E.M. will each receive $2,500 in scholarship aid toward their second year of study at F&ES.

Both students were recognized for their leadership and exemplary record of volunteer service, especially to the F&ES, Yale, and New Haven communities. In total, 11 F&ES students applied for the scholarship demonstrating the strong volunteer spirit that is alive at F&ES.

Ruth Allen was a longtime member of the alumni association board and former president. She is remembered for her dedication, mentoring, and volunteer service to F&ES alumni, students, and the community as a whole. 
Marguerite Harden says she was drawn to F&ES because of the broad array of multi-disciplinary interests of its students. As soon as she arrived at the School she became involved with the Energy SIG (Student Interest Group) and the Land Use and Urban Coalition at Yale (LUCY). She now serves as president and co-president of each group, respectively. This past summer she played a major role in welcoming the first-year students, including serving as a teaching fellow for the Great Mountain MOD and peer mentoring five incoming students. She is also the first F&ES student to co-chair the Yale Philanthropy Conference (YPC).
Harden says her work with the SIGs and YPC have enabled her to engage with and learn from Yale alumni. Last year she was part of the LUCY Legacy event, and this fall she will participate in alumni events during the Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit and through LUCCY. At YPC, she is part of a group reaching out to F&ES and Yale School of Management (SOM) alums who are working in philanthropy and nonprofits.
Nicholas McClure says attending F&ES has provided him numerous opportunities to step up as a leader. During his first year these opportunities focused on sustainable food and edible insects. In the fall of 2014 he helped organize the Edible Insects panel for the Yale Sustainable Food Symposium. Later in the year his team won the Sabin Prize for its edible cricket factory business model. He became the first F&ES student to use a lab on Yale’s West Campus, where he researched sustainable feeds for farmed crickets – and gave numerous tours. He also worked with the F&ES Admissions office to coordinate housing for the admitted students weekend.
This year he has been focused on developing a Technical Skills Module and helping F&ES become more involved in anti-racism activism in the New Haven community. Since arriving at the School he has worked to make members of the F&ES community feel at home, including organizing TGIFs, the F&ES Halloween party, and other social events. On a smaller scale, he organized and taught free Kinyarwanda lessons for a handful of F&ES students who were planning to travel to Rwanda during the summer. Along with his roommates, who are students at other Yale graduate and professional schools, he organizes biweekly potluck dinners that bring together students from different parts of campus to promote an inter-school community. McClure, who served in the Peace Corps before coming to F&ES, has also organized events for other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

The F&ES Alumni Association Board Scholarship in honor of Allen was created in 2013 as a new endowed fund of the School. Donations to create the new $100,000 scholarship fund came from current and former alumni board members, as well as members of the Class of 1972 who remember Ruth and her legacy with admiration. 
PUBLISHED: October 15, 2015
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.