New scholarship to support Wake students in environmental education

Sheila Jones
Sheila Jones

Wake County students interested in a career in environmental education can apply for a new scholarship in honor of a longstanding Wake Soil and Water Conservation District employee. The Sheila B. Jones Environmental Education Scholarship, launched by the Friends of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District, is open to high school seniors in Wake County who have been accepted into college, as well as current college students residing in Wake County.

One outstanding individual will receive a $1,000 scholarship to support their journey toward a career in environmental education.

“Sheila B. Jones is a passionate environmental educator and advocate for nature preservation,” said Susan Evans, vice chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners. “She retired last year, leaving behind a remarkable impact on environmental education in our community. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to support young people in pursuing their environmental education goals."

The scholarship application period opens on May 6 and closes on June 16 at 5 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to showcase their passion for environmental education and their commitment to making a difference in this field. Special consideration will be given those in financial need or those from underrepresented backgrounds in environmental education.

Interested applicants must submit the following required application materials:

  • Information forms
  • High school and college transcript (if applicable)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Essay (400–500 words)

Applicants have the flexibility to complete their application materials either by hand or digitally, or a combination of both. Details on how to submit the application can be found at

The selection process for the scholarship will prioritize candidates who demonstrate a strong passion for environmental education, a clear vision of their career goals in this field and a genuine need for financial support to pursue their educational aspirations.

The awarded individual will be invited to attend a virtual Friends of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board Meeting to receive the scholarship award.

For more information about the Sheila B. Jones Environmental Education Scholarship, application details and submission guidelines, please contact Environmental Educator Leah Purvis.

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