WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — A new, permanent scholarship fund has been established at the Northern New York Community Foundation to honor the legacy of Rebecca A.G. Rhodes, a gifted student who was endlessly curious about the natural world around her.

Ms. Rhodes, a Henderson native, was a 2010 Belleville-Henderson Central School graduate. At the time of her passing in 2018, she was graduating from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, Miss., with a Master of Science in engineering science focusing on geological engineering. She was the daughter of Gary and Jolene Rhodes.

Ms. Rhodes was deeply involved in her studies and dedicated to the geology profession, serving as a member of several professional organizations. She studied geology, math and physics at SUNY Brockport, graduating magna cum laude from the honors program in 2014. She was also part of the Green. Gold, and Presidential Leadership Development Program and president of the Earth Science Club and the Sigma Gamma Earth Science Honor Society. Ms. Rhodes interned at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, excavating bone sites, and was one of few students in recent years to earn an internship as an undergraduate researcher at the University of Texas at Austin Environmental Science Institute in its program for Global Change and Sustainability.

She was well-known for her love and kindness toward others while filling her days with life as she endeavored to grow in her education and see friends succeed.

To honor her life and memory, her family has established the Northern New York Community Foundation Rebecca Rhodes Memorial Scholarship to help undergraduate juniors and seniors as well as graduate students. Jefferson County students pursuing studies in the STEM sciences, especially geology, are encouraged to apply.

The Rhodes family thanks those who have generously given to make this enduring tribute possible while remembering Rebecca and her gifts.

“We want to remember Becky’s smile and humor and thank her friends for the good times they shared with her. We hope this will help others along their path,” Gary and Jolene Rhodes said. “We are sincerely grateful for her life with us and the memories and smiles she leaves with us.”

Contact the Northern New York Community Foundation, 315-782-7110, to learn more about the scholarship and specific application requirements.