The Amy Stock Memorial Scholarship in
Sustainability has been established by the Stock
family and the Empire State College Foundation,
in memory of Amy L. Stock, who died July
19, in Albany at the age of 48, the victim of a
An adjunct lecturer and professor with
SUNY Empire State College’s Center for
Distance Learning for nearly a decade, she
designed many of the courses she taught on
ecology and the environment. In 2008, Stock
co-founded Sustainable Saratoga, a grassroots
advocacy group established to educate people
living in the greater Saratoga Springs community
about the benefits of achieving environmental
In reflecting on her life, the Stock family
shared their thoughts with the college.
“Whether Amy was composting, gardening,
taking the bus, riding her bike or reusing plastic
Ziploc bags, she lived her life in a sustainable
way every day,” said a family statement. “She
believed and demonstrated how one person
could make a difference, which is why teaching
and advocacy for environmental sustainability
were such an important part of her life.
“Our hope for this scholarship is to allow
Amy’s legacy to live on through other young
women who are just as passionate about
sustainability and dedicated to protecting the
environment as Amy was.”
“Amy’s untimely passing shocked the college
community and we continue to mourn the loss
of a respected colleague and a good friend to
many at the college,” said Merodie A. Hancock,
president of the college. “By establishing a
scholarship in Amy’s name, we hope to begin
the healing process with the Stock family and
so many others whose lives she touched in
the greater Saratoga and SUNY Empire communities.
“At the same time, this scholarship enables
us to keep Amy in our thoughts and carry forward
her commitment to sustainability and the
environment we all share.”
Awards will be made to undergraduate
female students with financial need, who are
enrolled in a program in the sciences and who
meet the foundation’s scholarship eligibility
criteria. Preference will be given to students
who, as Stock did, demonstrate a commitment
to bringing environmentally sustainable practices
to their communities.
Special consideration will be given to students
from underrepresented populations,
such as those who were raised in single-parent
homes, and are pursuing a degree in environmental
sciences or studies.
Contributions are tax-deductible and may
be sent to the Empire State College Foundation,
attention Amy Stock Memorial Scholarship,
28 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 12866.
Contributions may be made online at www.esc.edu/SupportESC.
In the “Questions or Comments” field, contributors
must indicate that their gift is to be
directed to the Amy Stock Scholarship. This
field is located at the bottom of the online form,
which can be found after clicking the “Make a
Gift” button on the college’s website.
As a leader of Sustainable Saratoga, she
galvanized environmental experts and civic
leaders and together they laid the foundation
for a continually growing organization engaged
on many fronts in the community.
Stock’s efforts in environmental sustainability
included creating urban community
gardens, green spaces and accessible, effective
She also was a freelance news and grant
writer for Capital Roots, formerly Capital District
Community Gardens, and other nonprofit
environmental groups. She was also a contributor
to the Saratoga Business Journal and Glens
Falls Business Journal.
Stock earned a B.S. in biomedical computing
from the Rochester Institute of Technology
and an M.A. in environmental studies from
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash. She
returned to the Capital Region in 2002 to be
closer to her family.