Conservation District scholarships available

Warren County students looking to pursue education in areas related to the environment are eligible to apply for scholarships.

The Warren County Conservation District (WCCD) will accept applications through May 1 for the Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship and the Warren County Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs Scholarship.

Ralph Eckert graduated with a degree in forestry from Penn State, according to a release from WCCD Program Assistant Sherry Moore. He served in the Soil Conservation Service in the county from 1950 through 1966.

“Mr. Eckert devoted his life to conservation issues,” Moore said. “He was a frequent lecturer and instructor of youth on proper stewardship of our natural resources. He was also active in the Boy Scout movement, wrote columns for the local newspaper, and contributed articles to outdoor magazines.”

He was “instrumental in planning and developing the Outdoor Ecology Lab at Eisenhower High School,” she said. “The conservation district is proud to offer this scholarship in his name, to promote the love of the outdoors, and the conservation of natural resources through education.”

The conservation district also awards the Sportsmen’s Clubs scholarships. “This opportunity is available to high school seniors residing in Warren County who wish to enter college to pursue an environmental degree,” Moore said.

Students may apply for both scholarships. There are separate applications.

Those interested in more information or application packets may contact the WCCD office at 726-1441 or www.wcconservation.net.

Information is also available in high school guidance offices.

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