Vanessa Van Gorder

January 22, 2015

Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces the establishment of a Memorial Scholarship in honor of Vanessa Joy Van Gorder, who tragically lost her life on December 26, 2014.

A recent graduate from West Chester University with a degree in education, Vanessa was passionate about the outdoors and loved exploring the lakes, rivers, and forests of the Upper Delaware River Region with her friends and family. The Conservancy establishes this scholarship in Vanessa’s memory and to honor her dream of becoming an educator.

One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 per year will be awarded to a graduating senior from either Wallenpaupack, Honesdale, or Delaware Valley school districts who is pursuing a career in education or environmental stewardship. Students at eligible districts should contact their guidance counselors for an application, which are due by April 10, 2015.

“We were inspired by the number of individuals that stepped forward to make contributions in Vanessa’s memory, and we wanted to channel that inspiration to the next generation of students by helping them pursue their educational goals,” states Executive Director Sue Currier.

This scholarship is the second that the Delaware Highlands Conservancy is offering to area students, with the first established in 2003 in honor of the Conservancy’s founder, Barbara Yeaman, and open to schools in the Upper Delaware River region in both Pennsylvania and New York. If you wish to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, please contact the Conservancy at or call 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010.