Donald A. Williams Soil Conservation Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$1,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 16

Saturday
Awarded By:

Soil and Water Conservation Society

Number of Awards & Eligibility: One or more awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must be planning to pursue a career in a conservation-related field.
  3. Must have been a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for one year or more.
  4. Must be currently employed by a natural resource conservation endeavor. The applicant must have been employed for one year or more.
  5. Must be a high school senior or older to apply for this undergraduate award.
  6. Must be from a region that has a Soil and Water Conservation Society chapter. This includes the United States and Canada.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is for U.S. and Canadian undergraduate students who have been a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for one year or more. The applicant must be currently employed by a natural resource conservation endeavor and pursuing a conservation-related field.

Application requirements for the Donald A. Williams Soil Conservation Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
  • Recommendation letters (3)
  • College acceptance letter
Additional Information: The Donald A. Williams Soil Conservation Scholarship provides financial assistance to members of SWCS who are currently employed but who wish to improve their technical or administrative competence in a conservation-related field through coursework at an accredited college or through a program of special study. A 'special study program' can be defined as any study program that does not involve formal coursework at an accredited college or university as the major study activity, such as: spending time at a college or university working informally with a professor on a special problem or research project, including sitting in on some coursework, doing library study, and consulting with college staff; a well-planned travel program to collect information, study work in progress, consult with experts, and in other ways improve the applicant's knowledge and enhance his/her job effectiveness and opportunities; studying at a recognized vocational or technical school; or studying and working with a commercial or industrial organization or government agency. Employees or immediate family members of employees of the Soil and Water Conservation Society are ineligible to apply. Those applicants who hold other SWCS scholarships or internships for this upcoming fall semester are also ineligible to apply.

Award Amount: Up to $1,000 annually, non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, March 16

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, March 16

The application deadline date has not yet been finalized for this year, but is expected to remain the same as last year. The deadline date shown here is tentative based on last year's date. Please check back in January for a refreshed application deadline date. Applications are available on the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) website. The application process varies for students enrolling at an accredited college or university and those enrolling in a special study program. In addition to a completed application, the applicant must submit the following if he/she is planning to study at an accredited college or university: three letters of recommendation; and a one-page letter describing his/her study program plans, including such items as the subject matter area to be studied, his/her attitudes toward conservation, his/her career plans, his/her financial need, sources of income while attending school, and other significant points that the applicant feels will be important in evaluating his/her application. The applicant must submit the following if he/she plans to enroll in a special study program: three letters of recommendation; and a narrative (not exceeding 1,000 words) describing the plans and details of his/her special study program. The applicant should provide sufficient information to show what he/she plans to do, how it is to be accomplished, and how it will benefit the applicant in his/her present or future employment. The applicant should also describe his/her need for financial assistance, sources of income while conducting the special study program, and any other details that he/she feels will help to evaluate the application. The application must be submitted online. Recommendation letters can be submitted online or emailed, faxed, or mailed to the address provided. All materials must reach the SWCS by the deadline date.
Contact: Sue Ann Lynes
Address: Attn: Donald A. Williams Soil Conservation Scholarship 945 S.W. Ankeny Road Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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