The Soil and Water Stewardship Scholarship seeks to provide financial support to students enrolled fulltime at an accredited two- or four-year college, community college, or university, which will lead to a career in a natural resource field. This scholarship was formerly known as the Leopold Education Project Scholarship. Funding for this scholarship was made available from the Leopold Education Project, an educational program based on the works of noted conservationist and author Aldo Leopold. Leopold’s philosophy and land ethic created a foundation for modern conservation.
Applicants must: Be a graduating high school senior or high school graduate (diploma or G.E.D. certificate); Be enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time course of study at an accredited two- or four-year community college, college or university; Be enrolled in a natural resource field such as fish or wildlife biology, conservation education, biology, ecology, forestry, hydrology, soils, pollution control, etc.; Have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0; and Have their permanent address in Boone, Cook, Dekalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will, or Winnebago Counties.