Students at Gamboa Point in Big Creek, Big Sur

Annais Rittenberg was an ENVS student who died in a tragic accident during the summer of 2013.  Like many others who participate in Natural History Field Quarter (NHFQ), Annais had a clear passion for natural history, outdoor education, and environmental justice. Through her classes and internships, she excelled as a writer, artist, teacher, naturalist, activist, and leader.  She continues to be deeply loved by a huge community of family and friends for her goofy light-hearted spirit and her deep commitment to serving others.

Through a remarkable effort involving Annais’s family, friends, and many NHFQ alumni, an endowed scholarship was created in 2014 to celebrate Annais and help future NHFQ students. This fund provides support for several students each year.

An award to fully or partially waive the NHFQ course fee is usually given, but smaller or larger awards may be given depending on available funds, number of qualified applicants, and/or demonstrated need. Once accepted into the current year's course, students will have the opportunity to apply for this scholarship.