Posted: May 8, 2020

Current Sophomores, Juniors and graduating Seniors are encouraged to apply.

The Keystone Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is offering two $500 scholarships to college undergraduate students in the fields of agriculture, environmental studies, soils, or natural resources, who are currently attending college in Pennsylvania.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of a combination of academic merit and program of study, quality of the student's essay and application, financial need, and educational and career goals that are consistent with the SWCS mission. The SWCS strives to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Our work targets conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources on working land— land which is used to produce food and fiber. SWCS also promotes other services that improve the quality of life people experience in rural and urban communities. We work to discover, develop, implement, and improve ways to use land that sustains its productive capacity and enhances the environment. Successful applicants will be notified by postal mail soon after the committee has arrived at a decision. We request that winners of previous years not apply a second time. Applications available here.

Winning students will be notified in late June 2020.

Part of this year's scholarship was once again made possible by a generous donation from the Pennsylvania chapter of the Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE)

Current sophomores, juniors, or graduating seniors are encouraged to apply by June 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted by email to or through the postal mail to:

Mary Lloyd Smith, Chair
Scholarship Committee, Keystone Chapter, SWCS
4177 E. Main Street
Belleville, PA 17004

Please note: there are different deadlines listed on the website and the application, but June 1, 2020 is the correct deadline. Also, the application on the website is for 2019, but please use it for 2020.

Questions may be directed to Mary Lloyd Smith at or phone 717-994-1941.