Meteorology Student is Awarded Endowed Scholarship

Nov 3, 2015

Meteorology student Quinton A. Lawton of Houston, Texas, has been awarded one of 14 freshmen scholarships nationwide from the American Meteorological Society.

Lawton received the 2015 American Meteorological Society/Percival D. Wark and Clara B. (Mackey) Wark Endowed Scholarship. 

The AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship encourages high school students to pursue careers in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. The scholarships are based on merit and are awarded to students who have shown the potential for accomplishment in these fields. The award is $2,500 for nine months in the freshman year, and an additional $2,500 for in the sophomore year, based on performance in the first year.

Dr. David Q. Wark, a Fellow of AMS member and a United States federal employee for over a half-a-century, endowed the AMS Named Scholarship in honor of his late parents, Percival Damon Wark and Clara Belle (Mackey) Wark. As stated by Dr. Wark, “The establishment of this scholarship is prompted by the donor’s acknowledgment of the outstanding scientific and cultural leadership of the AMS, as well as its unique and universal position in promoting the science of meteorology. It is fitting that Percival D. Wark and Clara B. (Mackey) Wark should be memorialized in this milieu.” 

The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. Founded in 1919, AMS has a membership of more than 13,000 professionals, professors, students, and weather enthusiasts.