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June 12, 2014

Grady County Conservation District to award scholarships

CHICKASHA — Grady County students hoping to study natural resources or agriculture can apply for a scholarship from the Grady County Conservation District.

Students can apply at the Grady County Agriculture Center at 828 W. Choctaw Ave. and the deadline to apply is June 20.

County Conservation District Program Director Dee Surber said applicants for a $500 scholarship must be a full-time student in an Oklahoma public or private college in the fall 2014 semester and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

She said since the scholarship started in 2012, five students have received scholarships.

One past recipient, Cody Walls of Verden, attends Oklahoma State University in Stillwater studying natural resources.

"The scholarship's helped me cover the cost of going to school," Walls said. "I'm able to focus more on my grades."

He said he hopes to eventually work for the Oklahoma Wildlife Department or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Surber said the conservation district currently has $1,500 set aside for scholarships this year, but may have $2,000 pending approval from the conservation district's board of directors.

"The board is very supportive," she said.

The scholarship is split between semesters, so students receive $250 for the fall semester, and another $250 for the spring semester, Surber said.

Applicants must present an application form, high school or college transcript, proof of enrollment for the fall 2014 semester, a letter of recommendation and a 100-word essay about how the scholarship will help the student achieve their goals, she said.

The scholarships will be presented July 31 at a Grady County CD Board of Directors meeting.


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