Scholarship applications being accepted

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Last week, the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts announced its annual petition for scholarship applications.
According to a MACD release, the non-profit organization is comprised of the state’s 82 Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The group’s purpose is to promote the conservation of Mississippi’s natural resources through education and outreach.
Pearl River County Soil and Water Conversation District Clerk Beverly Hughes said this is a statewide competition where five students will be awarded a scholarship.
The first through third place prizes are $5,000 apiece and fourth and fifth place winners will receive $3,000, the release states. Any college sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student, no matter what field of study, who is enrolled in a Mississippi community college or university, may submit an application, the release states.
According to the release, a student’s grade point average, activities, leadership qualities and financial need will be assessed.
“It always helps to have a career in agriculture in mind, which includes careers in forestry, farming, marine biology, pest management, food and human science, horticulture and poultry,” Hughes said. “The MACD is requesting letters of recommendations, civic club activity, a student’s most recent transcript and are interested in how applicants rank their leadership qualities.”
The deadline for application submissions is October 1, 2015. Applications can be obtained from Hughes at the PRC County Soil and Water Conversation District’s office located at 310 Hwy. 26 E., Poplarville. Interested students may also email Hughes at for an application.
For more information, contact Hughes at 601-795-4409, extension 101.
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