Scholarship Opportunity

The Hoosier Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society is pleased to announced the 2018 Conservation Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to encourage qualified students (undergrads) to increase their interest in conservation, to obtain technical competence in some area of conservation, and to pursue a career in this area of endeavor.

Eligibility: An applicant for the scholarship must (a) have successfully completed at least two years of study in an Indiana accredited college by August, 2018, (b) have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on 4.0 scale), (c) be an undergraduate enrolled in an agricultural or natural resource conservation related curriculum, and (d) be working toward his/her first B.S. degree.

Scholarship applicants will be enrolled in such major courses of study as agronomy, biology, soil science, wildlife management, forestry, geography, and environmental management. Other courses of study related to conservation may also qualify. Previous recipients are not eligible for a second Hoosier Chapter Scholarship.

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded. Recognition of scholarship recipient and presentation of award will be made at the annual meeting of the Chapter held in  November.

Deadline: Applications for the scholarship may be emailed or sent by regular mail, and must be received by the scholarship selection committee chairman, or postmarked by November 1, 2018.

Application packet here: 2018 Hoosier Chapter SWCS Scholarship

Feel free to contact if there are any questions.


The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science based conservation practices, programs, and policy. 

The Hoosier State Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is the Indiana branch of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. As a nonprofit organization, we are involved in scientific research and educational outreach. We work with academics institutions, landowners, communities and government bodies to achieve the following main objectives:

  • Enhance the capabilities of conservationists through training and professional development.

  • Promote and advance the science of good land use, water use and management

  • Promote the conservation of all natural resources.

For more information about the Hoosier Chapter and the Soil & Water Conservation Society contact:

Harold Thompson,


The Chapter Development and Administration Committee has completed the 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan. This plan is very important as it is used to direct the chapter’s budget and plan of work for the next five years.

2016-2020 Strategic Plan 


Science of Soil

Joel Brown, National Ecological Site Team Leader, recently worked with the New Mexico State University Soil and Environmental Science Department and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through a Hispanic Serving Institution grant to develop a series of videos.  The videos are intended to attract and retain undergraduate students to soil science.  The five videos can be found at