Monteleone, Scott-Pollock Win YWCA Women of Achievement Awards

Friday, March 09, 2018

Bonnie Monteleone ’11M and Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock received YWCA Women of Achievement awards in recognition of their commitment to conservation and education, respectively. Monteleone and Scott-Pollock were among 39 nominees honored during a ceremony held March 8 at the Wilmington Convention Center.

Monteleone was presented the Environment Award for her work through the Plastic Ocean Project, an organization that educates through field research and seeks solutions to address the global plastic pollution problem. She is executive director​ and director of science, research and academic partnerships for the Plastic Ocean Project. Monteleone is also an administrative associate in UNCW’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Monteleone collected plastic samples from four of the five ocean gyres. Monteleone has facilitated five research projects, working with the UNCW departments of chemistry, biology, and environmental studies and the Cameron School of Business. She also participated in the documentary “A Plastic Ocean,” which shows the human impact of plastic in the environment. In 2017, Monteleone was recognized as the “Conservation Communicator of the Year” by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation for her commitment to protecting the natural resources of the state.

Scott-Pollock, an associate professor in communication studies, received the Education Award. She works with New Hanover County Schools student to teach about the diversity of the human experience through the arts, and directs the UNCW Storytellers, Hawk Tale Players and Just Us: Performance Troupe for Social Justice, which showcases performer’s personal narratives of social justice. Scott-Pollock’s research focuses on how we can pursue social justice through understanding the personal stories of marginalized cultural members. She extends this mission in her applied learning performance classes.

Scott-Pollock has been a recipient of the UNCW Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, the UNCW Distinguished Award for Scholarly Engagement and Public Service and was recognized as a “Woman to Watch” in Education by Wilma Magazine in 2015. She is the recipient of the ethnographic article of the year award from the National Communication Association."

To be considered for a Women of Achievement award, nominees must demonstrate excellence and commitment to their careers, schools and communities. Awards are presented in nine categories: arts, business, education, environmental, health and wellness, public service, Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero, social justice and volunteer.

-- Venita Jenkins

Bonnie Monteleone

Bonnie Monteleone


Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock