The Mojave Desert Rothschild Environmental Scholarship was established to recognize the contributions of Mike Rothschild to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. Mike Rothschild’s first career was serving his country. He flew more than 100 combat missions in Viet Nam and was decorated for his performance as a fighter pilot. This military service was just the beginning of a life committed to serving his community. Mike has been a Mayor and City Councilman, a high school math teacher, public servant and volunteer for many organizations. His service as the first chairman of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s Governing Board inspired his recognition through this scholarship. Rothschild devoted great attention to district matters and spent untold numbers of hours to provide guidance to the district during its formative years. This scholarship is awarded to a student with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues.