To recognize outstanding achievement and vision in electronic communications technology

2002-carol-ratza-scholarshipAmber Miller, a first-year student in Political Science and Environmental Biology at the University of Dayton (Ohio), is the winner of the 2002 Carol A. Ratza Memorial Scholarship.

“Through my studies, I hope to help stop or slow the pollution in the Great Lakes region by finding alternatives for municipal and industrial water/waste disposal. I would also like to educate future generations of environmentalists about the importance of keeping the Great Lakes clean and in better condition than they found them.”

Miller plans to finish her undergraduate studies at the University of Dayton by 2005 and then attend law school, with a concentration in environmental and medical law. She also hopes to pursue a doctorate in biology and, ultimately, become a professor of biology at a Great Lakes university.

About the Carol A. Ratza Memorial Scholarship 
The scholarship is in memory of Carol A. Ratza, a veteran employee of the Great Lakes Commission and a dedicated advocate for the protection of the Great Lakes. With unique vision, Carol created and led numerous influential communications projects, the most notable being the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) and the Great Lakes Regional Air Toxic Emissions Inventory. These groundbreaking initiatives applied the latest information technology to Commission priorities, changing forever the way our region communicates and does business.

Although Carol’s career was cut short by her death in 1997, the Great Lakes Commission, and the region as a whole, continues to benefit from her creative thinking, high standards and human grace.

Questions and comments about the Carol A. Ratza Memorial Scholarship can be directed to Commission President/CEO Michael J. Donahue at