Remy Hilpp (center) was awarded a King Scholars scholarship from the Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society last month. Jim Schulz (CZS/Brookfield Zoo)

Remy Hilpp, a 2022 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School was awarded a $5,000 college scholarship on June 14 from the Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo.

Since 2018, Hilpp has participated in the CZS King Conservation Science Scholars program and the Women’s Board awarded the scholarships to some of its top participants. 

The King Scholars program connects local youth with opportunities to participate in field studies across states, interpret Brookfield Zoo’s exhibits to guests, shadow the zoo’s animal care specialists and create a community of like-minded teens who all share a love for animals and more.

The program helped Hilpp apply her interest in animals and conservation through her work with a community garden in Englewood, where her efforts went toward answering how to be the most sustainable while building a community garden.

Her time interpreting Brookfield Zoo’s many exhibits to guests as a King Scholar gave Hilpp the real-life experience outside of school to build vital skills, such as clear communication to spread the word on the importance of conservation.

Hilpp will attend the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in the fall and pursue a degree in chemical engineering with a minor in environmental engineering.