High School seniors residing in Cherokee County who have an interest in agriculture or natural resources are encouraged to apply for the CDI (Conservation Districts of Iowa) scholarship.
Conservation Districts of Iowa is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the 100 local SWCD (Soil and Water Conservation Districts) in Iowa provide assistance and educational programs to the citizens of Iowa for the protection of soil, water, and other natural resources.
In addition to the scholarship awards, CDI sponsors a poster contest and the Iowa Envirothon, an environmental competition for high school students.
The Cherokee SWCD, located at 314 Lake Street in Cherokee, will be accepting scholarship applications until March 2nd. The District Commissioners have allocated $500.00 to their scholarship fund. $300.00 will be given to the first place winner and the remaining funds will be distributed at the board's discretion depending on how many qualified applicants they have. The District will forward the first place winner's application on to the Regional Director and Regional winners will be sent on to State competition.
At the state level there will be one $1800.00, one $1200.00, and one $1000.00 scholarship given. Regional winners from the other six regions who do not receive the state awards will each receive $300.00.
The CDI Scholarships will be presented to Iowa high school seniors to be used in their first year of education on the college level while pursuing programs of study in any field of agriculture or natural resources.
Criteria for consideration will be 60% for leadership and 40% for scholastic achievement. To apply for the scholarship, students should see their guidance counselor to pick up an application form or go online at www.cdiowa.org/awards.html.
Applicants need to apply in the county in which they reside. Questions about the scholarship program should be directed to the Cherokee SWCD District office at 225-3769.