2018 Blue Ridge SWCD College Scholarship Opportunity- Apply Now!

The Blue Ridge SWCD is offering high school seniors and college freshmen (residing in Franklin, Henry, Roanoke Counties and the City of Roanoke) who are planning a career in natural resource conservation or a related field the opportunity to apply for the Leo Painter College Scholarship up to $1,000.00.

The award winning application of this local scholarship (Leo Painter Scholarship) will be submitted to the 2018 VASWCD Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Awards Program for an opportunity to be awarded an additional $1,000 scholarship out of the a total of four $1,000 scholarships available state wide (through the VASWCD Educational Foundation, Inc.).

To apply for this college scholarship opportunity, promoting the education of Virginia citizens in technical fields with natural resource conservation and environmental protection, contact Kathy B. Smith (Program Manager/Education Coordinator) at (540) 483-5341 ext. 117 or at KSmith@brswcd.org for a copy of the 2018 Scholarship-Guidelines-Application form or click on this linik to access the 2018 Scholarship Guidelines and application 2018 Scholarship-Guidelines-Application-2018. Each qualified student is asked to complete 2018 Scholarship application and submit it to the Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District at 1297 State Street, Rocky Mount, VA  24151 no later than Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the close of business.

2018 Prospective scholarship candidates – Individual applicants must be full-time college freshmen or students  who have applied to a college freshman level curriculum. Applicants shall document a class ranking in the top 20% of his or her graduating class or a 3.0 or greater Grade Point Average or appropriate equivalent of individual scholastic achievement.  The applicant’s most recent official high school transcript must accompany the application. A copy of a school transcript will not be accepted.  Applicants shall demonstrate active interest in conservation.

Applicants who were high school seniors in 2017 to apply again in 2018 as scholarship guidelines allow those “enrolled in a freshman college curriculum or applying to a college freshmen level curriculum” to be considered.

 Submitted applications will be reviewed and screened by the Blue Ridge SWCD Scholarship Committee.  All applications and information contained therein shall remain confidential. 

All programs and services of the Blue Ridge SWCD and the Virginia Association of Soil & Water conservation District’s Educational Foundation, Inc. are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or disability.  All submitted paperwork is confidential and becomes the property of the VASWCDEF Inc.

 

 

2018 Youth Conservation Camp Applications Available – Apply Now!

The Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District is offering scholarship(s) to a limited number of qualified applicant(s) within Franklin, Henry, Roanoke Counties and the City of Roanoke to attend an expense paid, week-long conservation camp at Virginia Tech.  Camp dates are Sunday, July 8 through Saturday, July 14, 2018.  Soil and Water Conservation officials from the local, state and federal levels and Virginia Tech faculty members work together to conduct the camp.

Applicants must be in grades 9 through 12 of the 2017-2018 academic school year.  Twelfth graders who graduate from high school in May, June, July or August 2018 are eligible to attend.  Previous youth conservation campers cannot attend.  Please contact Kathy Smith, Program Manager/Education Coordinator at Ksmith@brswcd.org or (540) 483-5341 ext. 117.

Click on these two links to view this year’s camp highlights and 2018 YCC application: 2018 Camper Application_VASWCD 2018 YCC-Camp-HighlightsYCC Group Picture

The 2018 Youth Conservation Camp applications are to be received by the Blue Ridge District office no later than by the close of business on Friday, April 6, 2018.

The scholarship winner(s) will be notified by the district as soon as possible.

Submitted applications will be reviewed and screened by the Blue Ridge SWCD Scholarship Committee. Upon notification, the winner(s) will be required to send $75.00 to the Blue Ridge SWCD.  This $75 will be fully refunded upon completion of the camp and a brief report to the directors about their camp adventures.  Travel to and from the camp is the responsibility of the student.