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District doubles local scholarship funds


Last year, the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District offered two $1,000 scholarships, but at the Feb. 12 board meeting in Oregon City, elected officials approved two $2,000 scholarships for the 2013-14 school year.

With the cost of education skyrocketing, the board feels strongly about supporting future conservation professionals. Its goal is to assist college students majoring in the field of agriculture (including horticulture), natural-resource science or a related discipline.

If you are studying agriculture or a natural-resource science and you graduated from a Clackamas County high school or are a current Clackamas County resident, you’re eligible for the scholarship money geared toward receiving an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree.

Applicants must have completed their freshman year, so they will be considered a sophomore or higher in fall 2013, to be eligible for the award.

Applications are due April 1, and are available for download at conservationdistrict.org.

The district has other reasons for supporting local students who care about natural resources and wish to promote conservation or affect future natural-resource decisions: Clackamas County, ranked fourth in agricultural sales in the state of Oregon, is known for its abundance of natural resources, including popular recreational areas and the drinking water source for the Portland metropolitan area.