On Thursday, May 3, after hearing three articulate and well-reasoned presentations, Manomet awarded its second annual “Next Generation” Award and a $1,000 scholarship to Rachel Rymaszewski of the University of New Hampshire. Rachel’s presentation on sustainability recommendations for a New England pharmacy was selected by a panel of judges including Ashley Davis, Senior Manager, Global Corporate Responsibility, Cole Haan; Carol Fulp, President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.; and Cathy Minehan, Managing Director of Arlington Advisory Partners LLC and former President and Chief Executive of the Boston Bank.

The award was the capstone of Manomet’s U360, an experiential internship program designed to deepen college students’ understanding of sustainability and small business management. Emma Cost from the University of Southern Maine, and Julie Stasiuk from the University of Vermont came in second and third, respectively. “We know that these students will be the future leaders of this country and that gives us all encouragement,” said judge Carol Fulp. “I was truly inspired by the poise, by the tenacity, by the intellect of the young women who participated in tonight’s competition. It really does buoy you for the future.”

For the second year in a row, Eastern Bank sponsored Manomet’s U360 program and this event. “As a Manomet Trustee, I must say, how very proud of the work Manomet is doing every day,” said Nancy Stager, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Philanthropy, Eastern Bank. “At Eastern and at Manomet, we see the importance of both building relationships and helping others—individuals and companies—to learn how they can help preserve their own resources (time and money) while also working to preserve our collective natural resources, and indeed the planet. It’s a firsthand view of how dedicated young people are working to help save the planet through relationship building and the careful application of science—which is, absolutely, the Manomet way!”