Eckert and county sportsmen’s club scholarships are offered

The Warren County Conservation District is again offering two scholarships to high school seniors planning to continue their education in a conservation related field or service.

Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship

The Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship is named for Ralph Eckert, who served in the Soil Conservation Service in Warren County from 1950 to 1966. A Penn State graduate in forestry, Eckert devoted his entire life to conservation issues. He was a frequent lecturer and instructor of youth on proper stewardship of our natural resources. He was also active in the Boy Scout movement, wrote columns for the local newspaper, and contributed articles to Outdoor magazine. In addition, Eckert was instrumental in planning and developing the Outdoor Ecology Lab at Eisenhower High School in Russell. The Warren County Conservation District is proud to offer this scholarship in his name, to promote the love of the outdoors, the conservation of the environment, and wise management of natural resources through education.

The Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1973 by the Warren County Conservation District to a deserving Warren County student planning to continue her/his education in a conservation related field or service. This would be a career choice that would directly serve the goal of conserving our natural resources.

Degrees can be in forestry, biology, wildlife management, natural sciences, environmental planning, environmental engineering, agronomy, soil science, earth science and related fields.

Richard Smith, Warren County Conservation District board director, presented the Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship to Kelsey Repke in 2013. Repke is a 2013 graduate from Eisenhower High School who is attending University of Pittsburg at Bradford. She received a $1000 scholarship and is majoring in biology.

The scholarship is a dedicated fund designed to provide for the immediate needs of Warren County students pursuing careers in conservation related fields, at the same time providing for the future needs of all Warren County residents by conserving our environment through education and service.

County Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs Scholarship

The Warren County Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs has entrusted the responsibility of awarding their scholarships to the Warren County Conservation District since 2013.

Richard Smith, Warren County Conservation District Board Director, and Bill Lyons, representing the former County Sportsmen Council, presented the Warren County Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs / Cornplanter Rod & Gun Club Memorial Scholarship to Michael Card in 2013. He is a 2013 graduate of Warren Area High School who is attending University of Pittsburg Bradford. Card received a $1000 scholarship and is majoring in petroleum technology and accounting.

Scholarship forms are available at www.wcconservation.net. Click “Scholarships” on the menu at the right side of the screen. The deadline to apply for both of these scholarships is May 1. Mail completed applications and other required information to: Warren County Conservation District, 210 North Drive, Suite E, Warren, PA 16365.