As part of a statewide education program, the Independence County Conservation District is offering a $500 scholarship for a local high school student, according to Eddie Wagoner, chairman of the district. As well as receiving the district scholarship, the winner will be eligible to compete at both the area and state levels.
At the state level, the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts awards two scholarships ($1,000 and $500) based on student essays.
The contest is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 2.5 grade point average who are Independence County residents and who follow a conservation-related course of study. Contest entries must be submitted by Feb. 20, 2018 to the Independence County Conservation District at 490 E. College St., Room 242 Batesville, AR 72501.
High School Counselors, FFA sponsors, and County Extension Agents have entry forms and rules. Those interested should call the district office at (870) 793-4164 ext. 3.