Student Scholarships

The VASWCD Educational Foundation scholarship program promotes the education of Virginia citizens in technical fields with a natural resource conservation and environmental protection emphasis. The program provides 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. Annually the Foundation provides four $1000 statewide scholarships in addition to the many local SWCD scholarship opportunities.

Thank you to the many districts who forwarded 2014 scholarship applications to the VASWCD for consideration. The Foundation received a record number of outstanding applications making the decision that much more difficult for our scholarship committee. We encourage applicants who were high school seniors in 2014 to apply again in 2015 as scholarship guidelines allow those “applying to or enrolled in a freshman college curriculum” to be considered.

2015 Prospective scholarship candidates - 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 high school transcript must accompany the application. A copy of a school transcript will not be accepted.  Applicants shall demonstrate active interest in conservation.

Contact your local SWCD or the Association office for an application specific to your Soil & Water Conservation Districts. VASWCD applications are due to your local SWCD and must follow their deadline, guidelines and restrictions. To determine your local SWCD contact VASWCD staff at 804-559-0324 or reference the SWCD directory.

Virginia Soil & Water Conservation Districts - Scholarship application and guidelines for the 2015 VASWCD Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Awards Program will be posted in the Fall of 2014.  Four $1,000 scholarships will be given statewide.

Districts may make as many copies of the attached scholarship application as needed. Submitted applications must be completed in its entirety for consideration by the Foundation Scholarship Review Committee.  We request your assistance in publicizing the VASWCD Foundation scholarship program with high school seniors and college freshmen in your area.

When distributing the applications, please request they be returned to your district office. Each district is to then select one applicant, then forward that application to the VASWCD for consideration of a statewide scholarship.

Applications must be received by the VASWCD no later than March 28, 2015. The VASWCD has suggested on the attached that applications be due to your local SWCD by March 1, 2015 to allow for proper review before choosing and sending one application to our attention though this can be changed at your discretion. Your scholarship applicant chosen to be sent to the VASWCD can be sent via mail or faxed to 804-559-0325. Also, please be sure to insert your district name, address, and contact person in the space provided on the application form.