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2019 VASWCD Educational Foundation Scholarship is Open



College Scholarship Guidelines

DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

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Purpose: To promote the education of Virginia citizens in technical fields with natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

To give financial support to students majoring in or showing a strong desire to major in a course curriculum related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies.

Qualifications: Individual applicants must be full-time students enrolled in or who have applied to a college freshman level curriculum.  Applicants shall document a class ranking in the top 20% of his or her graduating class or a 3.0 or greater Grade Point Average or appropriate equivalent of individual scholastic achievement.  The applicant’s most recent official school transcript must accompany the application. A copy of a school transcript will not be accepted.  Applicants shall demonstrate active interest in conservation.

Students must reside or attend school within Loudoun County. Only 1 applicant can be submitted to the state. The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District Board will vote on the most qualified Loudoun applicant to submit.

Amount Awarded: Four $1,000 scholarships will be given to statewide winners. Two scholarships are awarded on behalf of the VASWCD Education Foundation and two scholarships are awarded on behalf of the Virginia Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society. A check will be issued directly to the selected institution of higher education on behalf of the student.

Applications for Stream Buffer Planting Project Now Being Accepted

The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Loudoun County government, is accepting applications for a unique Riparian Buffer Planting project through March 15, 2018.

Private residential, industrial, commercial, and Home Owner Association (HOA) landowners in Loudoun are all eligible to apply for funds to plant buffers along perennial (year-round) streams and water bodies. An effective technique for improving water quality, this program reimburses landowners up to $7,000 per acre for planting materials and labor costs.

For more information:  see our project fact sheet, application form, and plant list or contact Urban/Ag Conservationist, Chris Van Vlack at (571) 918-4530, ext. 107 or