In a settlement of a criminal case against the company, the firm agreed to pay a $270,000 fine. The interest from the settlement now is used each year to award the environmental scholarships. Carol Baker, director of the bureau of crime prevention and youth services for the district attorney’s office, said the scholarship program is “a great one for the schools because it definitely reinforces the idea of preserving the environment.” “It is something that is meritorious both for the environment and the students because they get a reward for it,” said Baker. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BELL GARDENS – Nearly a dozen local high school students Tuesday received scholarships worth hundreds of dollars for creating projects to help the environment. The 11 students from Whittier, Pico Rivera, Montebello and Bell Gardens each received environmental scholarships of up to $600, which were awarded through the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Their projects ranged from efforts to feed ducks at local parks to taking part in recycling efforts and beach clean-ups. After the scholarship presentations, the students from Pioneer, El Rancho, Montebello, Schurr and Bell Gardens high schools planted several trees that will flank the front of the Bell Gardens High campus. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It’s nice to be recognized,” said senior Brittany Guilliatt, 18, who founded a Feed the Ducks Club at Pioneer High in West Whittier with fellow senior Valerie Glorae, 19. The club began this year and has about 20 members, Glorae said. “We weren’t satisfied with the clubs we already had at school, and we wanted to do it our own way,” Guilliatt said. “This shows that regular students don’t have to get a 4.0 to be in clubs and do good and be recognized for it.” Other students receiving the awards were Sandra Lopez and Thalia Perez of El Rancho High in Pico Rivera; Elizabet Zavala, Montebello High; Charlene Guerra, Linda Chung and Samantha Gallaway of Schurr High in Montebello; and Vanessa Lopez, Dina Chhoeut and Priscilla Lopez of Bell Gardens High. Since 1991, the district attorney’s office has awarded more than $173,000 in scholarships to students at the five high schools, which were affected by a toxic chlorine cloud incident in 1988 at a nearby industrial company.