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Miami of Ohio student wins 2003 Ratza Scholarship
http://www.glc.org/announce/03/6-03bennardo.html

Kevin Bennardo, a senior at Miami University of Ohio, is the recipient 
of the 2003 Carol A. Ratza Memorial Scholarship. Bennardo is pursuing a 
dual major in mass communications and political science.

His winning essay addressed the alteration and destruction of sand dunes 
along the shores of the Great Lakes. "I believe that a lot of the damage 
to dunes is due to people not fully understanding the damage they're 
causing," Bennardo wrote.

Michigan, for example, has more than 275,000 acres of sand dunes on the 
shores of lakes Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie, but only 70,000 of 
the acres are protected as designated critical areas. Bennardo proposed 
ways of using current communications technologies to enumerate the many 
attributes of dunes, educate the public on ways to minimize damage, and 
create a coalition to advocate for dunes preservation.

Bennardo's post-graduation plans include pursuing an advanced degree in 
mass communications, furthering research in the field and teaching.

**About the Carol A. Ratza Memorial Scholarship**
Recognizing outstanding achievement and vision in electronic 
communications technology, the Ratza Scholarship is in memory of Carol 
A. Ratza, a veteran employee of the Great Lakes Commission and dedicated 
advocate for the protection of the Great Lakes. The scholarship is 
supported by donations and an annual appropriation of the Great Lakes 
Commission.

The application deadline for the 2004 award is March 31. The competition 
is open to high school seniors and returning students enrolled full-time 
at a Great Lakes college or university in Fall 2004. For application 
details, see http://www.glc.org/about/scholarships/scholar.html


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