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University of South Carolina Upstate student Jon Schultz was among six conservations champions who were recently honored by Upstate Forever. Awards were presented to individuals and organizations for significant contributions in areas of land protection, air and water quality, sustainable development, public service and volunteer work.

Schultz, a student from Greenville who is majoring in biology at USC Upstate, received the Volunteer of the Year Award.

While a senior at Riverside High School, Jon devoted more than 200 hours as a volunteer in the Greenville office, working on a wide variety of tasks in each of the three program areas of Upstate Forever. He researched carbon mitigation programs and sustainable forestry practices, worked on t-shirt designs, assisted with membership mailings, weeded and mulched the Upstate Forever office yard, and provided administrative assistance wherever needed. Jon’s appreciation of Upstate Forever’s work grew out of a family life that included vacations in the great outdoors and an introduction to the importance of conservation for wildlife habitat and recreation.

“We are very proud of Brad for his efforts at making the Upstate a greener, cleaner and more sustainable region,” said Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. “He is a stellar example of a USC Upstate student who is committed to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.”

About Upstate Forever

Upstate Forever is a non-profit organization promoting sensible growth and protecting special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.upstateforever.org.

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