Scholarships available through SWCD


The Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting applications for two scholarships open to area high school students.

The Dick O’Keefe Memorial Scholarship is available for high school seniors interested in pursuing a degree in agriculture natural resources.

O’Keefe was born and raised in Delaware County and was proud to be a farmer. His family is excited to help a local young person with the same dream – a life devoted to agriculture. To be eligible for the $500 scholarship, a student must:

• Reside in Delaware County or have graduated or will be graduating from one of Delaware County’s public or private high schools

• Have at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

• Be entering as a full-time freshman at a two-year or four-year accredited college, technical school, or university

The application form is available on the SWCD website at or by calling 740-368-1921. The deadline to submit an application is April 12.

In addition to the Dick O’Keefe Memorial Scholarship, the SWCD is also awarding a $375 scholarship to a high school student interested in attending Camp Canopy.

Formerly the Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp, Camp Canopy is a residential camp that offers a mix of traditional camping activities like hanging around the bonfire and hiking, combined with educational activities centered around all things forestry and wildlife.

The camp will be held June 9-14 at FFA Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake in Carroll County.

To be eligible for the $375 scholarship, applicants must reside in Delaware County and be a current high school student or incoming high school freshman.

For more information on Camp Canopy, visit

The application form is available on the SWCD website at or by calling the office at 740-368-1921. The application deadline is April 12.

For scholarship-related questions, contact Dona Rhea, conservation educator, at 740-368-1921 or at [email protected].

Gazette Staff

Information for this story was provided by the Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District.

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