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Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship

We are excited to announce that La Montañita Co-op is teaming up with the University of New Mexico’s Sustainability Studies Program to offer the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship.

Named for La Montañita founding owner and board member Marshall Kovitz, the scholarship benefits students who have declared Sustainability Studies as their interdisciplinary minor at UNM. Preference is given to those choosing Food Systems as their area of concentration. If you’re interested in making a donation to help this scholarship grow and support more UNM Sustainability Studies students, visit unmfund.org/fund/la-montanita-marshall-kovitz.

“The Sustainability program actually has a long and wonderful history with La Montañita and our students learn about the role of Co-ops and markets in our communities. Students then plan and operate a one-day market on campus,” UNM Sustainability Studies Program Director Professor Bruce Milne said.

Students can pair the Sustainability Studies minor with a wide variety of majors to create an integrated course of study rooted in the principles of ecological conservation, Milne explained.

According to the program website, the Sustainability Studies minor degree provides students from most disciplines with sustainability knowledge, skills and experiences that complement their major, thereby preparing them to bring sustainable practices to many sectors.

The Food Systems concentration within the Sustainability Studies program is vital for continuing to enhance and grow New Mexico’s local foodshed. “Foodshed” is a term describing the regional food economy.

“Local food is among the top reasons students get into sustainability, and we’re thrilled to be on the hunt for the first recipients of the scholarship. In fact, we are matching the money to ensure that deserving students have the critical resources to stay enrolled and progress to graduation. Thanks to La Montañita we’ve seen tremendous growth and innovation around local food in the last 10 years,” Milne added.

Kovitz, who died in March 2016 at age 68, was a champion of preservation and environmental sustainability.  Kovitz was a beloved and active member of the La Montañita community, and his legacy lives on through this memorial scholarship.

“Marshall gave 40 years to La Montañita and is an example of dedication to education and his commitment to our community. It’s our honor to name this scholarship after him,” said Dennis Hanley, La Montañita Co-op General Manager.

The Co-op already has its GRABnGO location on UNM’s main campus, and La Montañita is continuing to look for more ways to partner with the University to develop programs and initiatives that further enhance civic and environmental responsibility.

Supporters wishing to make year-end contributions are encouraged to consider a gift to the La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship.