The Van Wert SWCD is offering one $500 scholarship to a student studying agriculture, natural resources or closely related fields at any Ohio college or university during the 2019/2020 academic year. Recipient of the scholarship need to have completed their freshman year in college and must be a Van Wert County resident. Scholarship applications must be received at the SWCD by May 3. The Committee will review the applications and announce recipient in June. Scholarship money will be sent directly to the college/university at the beginning of the academic year. Criteria for determining the recipient will be area of study, grades, activities, leadership and commitment to conservation practices. The SWCD reserves the right to refuse any application not meeting requirements. Scholarship applications are available at the office or below. Applications and two reference forms need to be completed and returned to the office by May 3.
NACD Stewardship Week is one of the largest national programs to promote natural resource conservation. Celebrated annually since 1955, NACD Stewardship Week reminds us of our individual responsibilities to care for our natural resources. During Stewardship Week, the Van Wert SWCD will provide a swamp white oak seedling and a presentation on "The Importance of Trees" to each 4th grade student in the county and place Soil & Water Stewardship placemats in local restaurants during the week long observance.
The Van Wert SWCD is sponsoring a Poster Contest for students in grades K-12. Grade divisions are: K-1; 2-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12.
Individual students must create poster using any media such as paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, paper. Creation may not be traced from other artists’ work or traced from photographs. Each entry must have the completed form signed by a parent or guardian attached to the back of the poster. (see form below). The poster must include: “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” on the front of the poster.
First place entries from each grade level will receive a certificate from the Van Wert SWCD.
Those entries will be submitted to the State Poster Contest during the summer of 2019. Posters selected from the State Contest will be forwarded on to the National Poster Contest. Posters at this level will be judged on: Conservation message (50 percent) Poster uses correct theme; Visual effectiveness (30 percent); Originality (10 percent); Universal appeal (10 percent).