Supporting Marin's Environmental Advocates

Master Class Scholarship Opportunities

A few partial needs based scholarships to the Environmental Forum Master Class are available, as is the "Joe Kohn Scholarship" offered to an established environmental leader. Prospective recipients may apply for our scholarships themselves or may be nominated by an organization, environmental leader, or public agency. If interested, Contact the Master Class Director,

Master Class scholarships cover class fees and expenses, including tuition for the 9-week series, field trips and excursion transportation. Students will provide their own transportation to non-excursion classes.

The Environmental Forum of Marin offers scholarships to students wishing to attend the Master Class. These scholarships honor two stalwart Marin County proponents of land use management and habitat protection. Individually, these men fought at the front lines of several countywide efforts over the years to save land from development and restore critical eco-systems. Collectively, they raised awareness among decision-makers and the public about the importance of defending the environment.

The Joseph Kohn Memorial Scholarship honors an Environmental Forum veteran of Master Class 34 and supports the education of a student who has proven himself as an environmental leader.

Joseph Kohn, former president of the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, imbued his love of local fauna and flora on nature walks he led during Orientation Day for several master classes. His rusty voice and soft demeanor called out students’ attention to the little (and big) things humans do without realizing the negative impacts their actions have on plants and animals. He learned his advocacy skills in the Master Class program and went on to testify on habitat and native plant issues at the Marin County Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission on numerous occasions over the years.

Learn about Joe Kohn and the scholarship established in his memory.


Future Scholarship Sponsors Sought

The Environmental Forum of Marin is seeking strategic partners with whom to create and fund new scholarship opportunities.  

Establishing a scholarship in honor of a founder or key participant in your organization can provide recognition of that person’s contributions while making a valuable educational opportunity available to someone who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

Scholarships can be limited to members of your organization or open to the public. You can establish whatever selection criteria you feel are appropriate. For example, the Joseph Kohn scholarship was created to offer support to specific type of applicant.

If your organization wants to sponsor an annual scholarship in honor of a founder, leader, or volunteer, the Environmental Forum can help you determine the form most fitting for your honoree. Please contact our Director of Development at

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