photo by chelsea memmolo
â€‹Drew Rollins of Caravel Academy is the first recipient of the Human Ecology Foundation’s Trailblazer Award.
John C. “Jack” Carney Sr. worked for 36 years as a teacher, counselor and psychologist in Delaware public schools. After retiring, he volunteered with such organizations as the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes. In 1986, he was honored with the state’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Carney died last July, but not before establishing his own program—the Human Ecology Foundation—to steer students toward public service. Drew Rollins, a junior at Caravel Academy, was the recipient of the foundation’s inaugural Trailblazer Award and a $500 scholarship. Te’Nayza Minor and Naja Miles of Serviam Academy for Girls also earned a $500 grant, which they donated to their school. Rollins was recognized for his project titled, “Endangered Animals,” as well as his volunteer work at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark. Rollins says he was honored to receive the award in Carney’s memory: “I know he was a wonderful man, dedicated to helping others and making the world a better place.” Mike Carney, one of Jack Carney’s nine children, says community service was very important to his father. “He was all about serving others and that is one of the primary goals of the Human Ecology Foundation,” he says. The foundation accepted applications last fall and plans to award scholarships again in the spring. For more information, visit www.humanecologyfoundation.org.