College Undergrads, High School Seniors Encouraged to Apply for Conservation Scholarship

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Students across Wake County majoring in natural resource fields are invited to apply for a 2023–2024 Careers in Conservation Scholarship by NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation.

This merit-based scholarship awards $1,000 per student per school year. Those awarded a scholarship can re-apply for another $1,000 the next year.

“In 2021–2022, four Wake County students received this scholarship – two for the first time, and two for the second time,” said Susan Evans, vice chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners. “We need to do all we can to support these young people exploring careers that help us manage our land, water, soil and other natural resources, especially with our growing population. This management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations.”

To apply students should:

  • Be a NC resident;
  • Attend a NC college; and
  • Achieve academic excellence in high school or in undergraduate studies.


  • The Selection Committee considers superior academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, honors and achievements obtained;
  • Priority is given to undergrads demonstrating a clear commitment to a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management or closely related fields;
  • Additional consideration is given to students who have completed at least 50% of their required college degree credit hours;
  • Eligibility is influenced by the amount of scholarships previously awarded and any demonstrated financial hardships;
  • Three letters of recommendation, with one from your local Soil and Water Conservation District, are highly encouraged;
  • College students must submit an official transcript of all college courses completed by Dec. 31, 2022; and
  • High school transcripts are acceptable if the student has not completed a semester of college as of Dec. 31, 2022.

“We are very excited for this opportunity,” said Teresa Furr, Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Director. “We hope Wake County high school seniors and college undergrads will apply for this scholarship and come to work for the Wake District in the near future!”

Wake County high school seniors and college undergrads can request a letter of recommendation from the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact Sheila Jones at for more information.

Deadline to submit online applications for a Careers in Conservation Scholarship is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.

Paper transcripts and paper letters of recommendation should be mailed to: NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation, 1401 Sunset Drive, Suite 202, Greensboro, NC 27408-7200.

Questions? Contact Amanda Sand, Executive Director of the NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation at

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