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.
See Application for the details of qualifications.
Donations are being sought for a Scholarship Fund to help district employees and their families who are majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related studies.
The NCDEA Scholarship has been established in memory of Don Aron, who worked to organize the National Conservation District Employees Association. He also helped to establish the by-laws and served as the first President of our organization from 1992-1993.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to this fund can contact Jeanette Kennedy Hale, NCDEA Treasurer:
Pope County Conservation District
420-N. Hampton, Suite B
Justin Rhodes, a senior at West Platte High School in Missouri, is the 2016 Don Aron Scholarship recipient. He is the son of Lori Rhodes, a District Employee in the Platte County SWCD.
Justin grew up active in clubs, including FFA, FBLA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes to name a few. He comes from a family of outdoor enthusiasts which allowed him to grow up enjoying camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing, bird watching and all the other things the great outdoors has to offer. Justin is a four-time State qualifier, two-time State runner-up, and a one-time Class 1 State Champion in wrestling. While growing up in this competitive sport he learned many life lessons of determination, commitment, setting goals and making sacrifices. Justin plans to use these lessons to help achieve a degree in a field where he can contribute in helping others to have the opportunity to appreciate, utilize and love the outdoors just as he does.
Justin has been accepted to Northwest Missouri State University this fall where he is enrolled in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. He also plans to work as a temporary Resource Aide with the Missouri Department of Conservation this summer.
The NCDEA Board would like to extend our well wishes to Justin in his future endeavors.