The Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is now accepting scholarship applications from High School seniors residing in Cherokee County who will be pursuing programs of study in any field of agriculture or natural resources.
Criteria for consideration will be 60% for leadership (service, character, and self-motivation) and 40% for scholastic achievement. Interested students should see their guidance counselor or call the SWCD office at 225-3769 extension 3. The deadline for applications to be turned into the SWCD office is March 1.
The SWCD commissioners will award local scholarships and forward the top application to the Conservation Districts of Iowa Regional Director for consideration.
He will select a regional winner whose application will move onto state competition. At the state level there will be one $3,000, one $2,000, and one $1,500 scholarship given. Regional winners from the other six regions who do not receive the state awards will each receive $500.
Conservation Districts of Iowa is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the 100 local SWCDs 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.