New York Aquarium Awards Rachel Carson High School Student George D. Ruggieri Scholarship

AQ Awards Scholarship Photo
Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Aug. 28, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium presented Darya Inyutkina – the winner of the annual George D. Ruggieri Scholarship – with a check for $5,000 to put toward college expenses. Pictured left to right: Ed Wilensky, Principal of the Rachel Carson High School; Darya Inyutkina, scholarship winner; Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS Vice President and Director of the New York Aquarium; Dr. Chanda Bennett, Education Manager at the New York Aquarium.

Darya is a student at the Rachel Carson High School. She was awarded the scholarship because of her many outstanding achievements. She is a dedicated student and earned a GPA of 3.73. She enrolled in advanced placement courses at her high school and completed College Now readiness courses at Kingsborough Community College.

An active member of her community, Darya volunteers at an animal shelter, an assisted living complex, and has participated in beach clean-ups.

She plans to pursue a degree in biology at Pace University this fall. 

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