Defenders Win McHenry County’s Green Award, Offer Scholarship

McHenry County has sought out individuals, organizations and facilities since 1994 to apply for a Green Award.

The winners were supposed to be honored at Tuesday night’s County Board meeting, but weren’t on the agenda.

Ward Duel, first Public Health Director and long-time member of the Defenders.

DueBut, since Earth Day is Friday, McHenry County Blog is pleased to announce that McHenry County’s premier environmental organization, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, won the Green Award for organizations.

Pretty much the only way the Defenders, formerly known as the McHenry County Defenders, wouldn’t win is if the group did not fill out an application.

Or, if the rules said a group could only win once.

So, Happy Earth Day, Defenders.

In other news from the Defenders is this press release about a $500 scholarship:


The name has been changed to the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, but the mission is the same.

WOODSTOCK – Each year, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County awards a scholarship to a high school senior interested in pursuing a career in environmental work. The $500 scholarship will be given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a commitment to his/her schoolwork, the community, and the environment.

The applicant must be a resident of McHenry County, and the following must be included with the application:

  • Documentation of volunteer work for an environmental organization
  • Two letters of recommendation, with one being from a high school teacher
  • Grade point average from high school transcript
  • An essay on student’s goals and aspirations in regard to the environment

Defenders marched behind parades picking up re-cyclable bottles and cans. Here they are at McHenry Fiesta Days Parade.

An application can be picked up at the Defenders’ office, 110 S Johnson St, Suite 106, Woodstock, IL, or downloaded from the Defenders’ website.

Completed applications must be received in the Defenders’ office by May 9, 2011. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please call the office at 815-338-0393.

Formed in 1970, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. The group provides community residents with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation. Donations are welcomed and are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.  For more information, visit or call 815-338-0393.

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