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Two $500 scholarships offered by Fillmore SWCD

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Jeanette Serfling, Administrative Assistant

Each year the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District offers a $500 scholarship to a Fillmore County graduating high school senior. To be eligible the student must be pursuing a degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture or related field.

In 2012, the Fillmore SWCD awarded a $500 scholarship to Kingsland High School senior Shannon Jo Merkel of Spring Valley who plans to pursue a degree in Agriculture or Business.

The District also offers a $500 scholarship to a Fillmore County college sophomore, junior, or senior who will be returning to school in the fall. To be eligible the student must also be pursuing a degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture or related field, and not be a prior scholarship recipient.

A $500 scholarship was awarded in 2012 to returning college student, Kristi Thompson of Chatfield, currently a student at University of Wisconsin River Falls (UWRF), who upon graduation from UWRF plans to attend the University of Wisconsin Madison to obtain a Master’s degree in Agronomy with a goal of obtaining an Agronomist position.

The Education Committee of the District Board selects a winner for each scholarship from eligible applicants based on their academic and extra-curricular achievements, as well as an essay on “What Natural Resource Conservation Means to Me”.

Scholarship applications may be picked up at the SWCD office located at 900 Washington Street NW in Preston or are available online at Applications must be received in the SWCD office by 4:00 p.m. on March 29, 2013 for high school students and July 26, 2013 for returning college students. For more information, call the SWCD office at (507) 765-3878 ext. 3.

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