The Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District is offering one $500 scholarship to a student studying agriculture, natural resources or closely related fields at any Ohio college or university during the 2020/2021 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 Soil and Water Conservation District by May 7, 2021. The Scholarship Committee of the Soil and Water Conservation District will review the applications, and announce recipients in June. Scholarship money will be sent directly to the recipient’s college or 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 applications not meeting requirements.
Scholarship applications are available at the Soil and Water Conservation District office, 1185 Professional Drive, Van Wert or on-line at www.vanwertswcd.org. Applications and two reference forms need to be received at the office by May 7, 2021. See below for application.
Calling local young artists in grades K through 12! It’s time to break out the paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers and paper for the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District poster contest. The contest is open to all Van Wert County students. The creation may not be traced from other artists’ work or from photographs. Each entry must have the completed form signed by the parent or guardian attached to the back of the poster. This form can be downloaded from the SWCD website at: www.vanwertswcd.org on the education page. The topic “Healthy Forest = Healthy Communities” must appear on the front of the poster. The deadline to turn in posters to the Van Wert SWCD is 4 pm on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
Posters will be judged on grade divisions: K-1; 2-3; 4-6; 7-9; and 10-12. First place entries from each level will receive a certificate from the Van Wert SWCD. Those first place entries will be submitted to the State Poster Contest which is held during the summer of 2021. 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%); Visual Effectiveness (30%); Originality (10%) and Universal appeal (10%).
Additional information can be found at: http://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/conservation-district-directory/or by calling the SWCD Office at (419) 238-9591.
Our Annual Tree and Fish sale are now under way. Both programs are open the public. Tree orders will be accepted until March 26 and payment will be required when orders are placed. Orders will be available for pickup from the office in the middle of April. Orders for the fish sale will be accepted until April 23 and payment is expected when placing the order. The fish will be available for pickup on April 29 at 3:00. Orders forms are available on the website under the 'items for sale' tab or can be emailed, mailed or picked up at the office. Thank you for your support with these 2 programs.