Don Aron Scholarship

The NCDEA Scholarship was established in the memory of Don Aron for his foresight of a National Conservation District Employees Association.  Don worked to organize NCDEA, helped to establish Bylaws and served as the first President of NCDEA in 1992-1993.

OBJECTIVE
To provide financial support to a District Employee or member of their immediate family who is participating in a resource conservation curriculum while enrolled in an accredited college or university. Attainment of a degree is not required.


ELIGIBILITY
If the applicant is a District Employee, they must; (1) be currently employed for a period of one year by a Conservation District of the United States and; (2) have demonstrated integrity, ability, and competence in their work and possess skills gained through training or experience and; (3) provide information substantiating enrollment at an accredited college or university.


Otherwise, the applicant must; (1) be an immediate family member of a Conservation District employee and; (2) demonstrate an interest in soil and water conservation and have the intent to pursue a course of study in natural resource conservation and; (3) provide information substantiating enrollment at an accredited college or university.  An immediate family member is defined as a spouse, child, parent, stepchild or stepparent.  The scholarship is not available to the general public.


AMOUNT
Scholarship amounts will not exceed $1,000.00.


SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION
The number of scholarships and amounts to be awarded will be determined by the NCDEA Board and Officers, who also judge or designate the judge(s) of the applications to determine an awardee.  Successful applicants will be notified within 45 days following the application deadline.  Scholarship monies will be disbursed by NCDEA upon receipt of information substantiating course completion.


APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications for the scholarship may be filled out, and submitted below.  The deadline to submit is May 1 of each calendar year.

 

If you have further questions regarding the Don Aron Scholarship please contact the NCDEA Executive Director at executivedirector@ncdea.org.

Dollars
Year
Recipient
Location
2007
Richard Jacobs
Culpeper, VA
2008
Shilah Olson
The Dalles, OR
2009
Aaron Smythe
Torreon, NM
2010
Aaron McGinnis
Albion, NY
2011
Tyler Austin Shaw
Frankfort, KY
2012
Paula Kohout
Dover, DE
2013
Tanner Gotthardt
Linn, MO
2013
Phillip Boydston
Odessa, MO
2014
Leslie Hinton
Heathsville, VA
2015
Donel Shelton
Rutledge, TN
2016
Justin Rhodes
Weston, MO
2017
Michelle Vedder-Drew
Ghent, NY
2018
Brooke Kohout
Harrington, DE
2019
Pam Price
Ghent, NY
2020
Miranda Palmer
Owego, NY
2020
Sawyer Bernd
Crookston, MN
2021
Stephanie Barnes
Arco, ID
2022
Noah Buckner
Wolfeboro, NH