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Conservation District Offers Scholarship

The 2016-2017 Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts “Dave Ferguson” Scholarship Contest applications are now available at the Rich Mountain Conservation District. This contest will give a young person in Polk County the opportunity to win up to $500 towards college expenses when they choose a conservation-related course of study at an accredited Arkansas college or university. The winner will also be eligible to compete for scholarship funds at the area and state level contests.

An essay is one requirement of the contest. The essay should include all four items of the following components:

The 2016 – 2017 Theme is “We All Need Trees:  How can Conservation Districts help?” Criteria includes: 1) Identify the type of trees your essay is focused on; family forestland, urban, or wildlife habitat. 2) Give an overview of the impact of the trees on other natural resources. 3) Identify activities the landowner can do and how the conservation district can provide assistance. 4)  Provide an actual example of a landowner who has been helped by the conservation district and how. (May use photos & conservation district will help locate landowners, if needed). Note:  Resources are listed on the Frequently Asked Questions sheet.

AACD Scholarship Awards offer one-time awards of 1st Place – $1,000; 2nd Place – $750; 3rd Place – $500. The closing date for entries at the district level is February 22, 2017.

For more entry forms, or more information, please contact the Rich Mountain Conservation District at 479-394-1782 Ext. 101.

This is a program sponsored by the local Conservation District and the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts in an effort to assist young people interested in careers in the conservation of our natural resources.

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