The family of Amy Stock, the founder for Sustainable Saratoga who was killed last July by a drunk driver, has established a scholarship in her honor.
The Amy Stock Memorial Scholarship in Sustainability, created by Stock’s family and the Empire State College Foundation, will aid undergraduate female students with financial need, who are enrolled in a program in the sciences and who have demonstrated a commitment to a sustainable lifestyle.
An adjunct lecturer and professor with SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning for nearly a decade, Amy L. Stock designed many of the courses she taught on ecology and the environment. In 2008, Stock co-founded Sustainable Saratoga, a grassroots advocacy group established to educate people living in the greater Saratoga Springs community about the benefits of achieving environmental sustainability.
On July 19 in Albany, at the age of 48, Stock was killed, the victim of a drunk driver.
In reflecting on her life, the Stock family shared their thoughts with the college: “Whether Amy was composting, gardening, taking the bus, riding her bike or reusing plastic Ziploc bags, she lived her life in a sustainable way every day.
“She believed and demonstrated how one person could make a difference, which is why teaching and advocacy for environmental sustainability were such an important part of her life.
Empire State College President Merodie A. Hancock said the scholarship will help the Stock family’s healing process.
“Amy’s untimely passing shocked the college community and we continue to mourn the loss of a respected colleague and a good friend to many at the college,” she said. “This scholarship enables us to keep Amy in our thoughts and carry forward her commitment to sustainability and the environment we all share.”
Scholarship preference will be given to students who demonstrate a commitment to bringing environmentally sustainable practices to their communities. Special consideration will be given to students from underrepresented populations, such as those who were raised in single-parent homes, and are pursuing a degree in environmental sciences or studies.
Contributions are tax-deductible and may be sent to the Empire State College Foundation, attention Amy Stock Memorial Scholarship, 28 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 12866. Contributions may be made online at www.esc.edu/SupportESC.