Conservation Scholarships

CDI is partnering with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to foster the higher education endeavors of Iowa students interested in conservation and agriculture by offering scholarships. Iowa High School Class of 2020 students pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture qualifies for the Conservation Scholarship. While this is a wide field and many studies qualify, preference will be given to students pursuing programs of study in conservation. The scholarship must be used for the student’s first year of college education.

An appeal to Iowa SWCDs from CDI President Dennis Carney – Please contribute so we can sustain our scholarship program!

2020 Application & Instructions

Please note that the application form has been changed. Application forms from previous years will not qualify. Follow the instructions on the application closely. Applications filled out incorrectly will not qualify. Pay close attention to deadlines. Applications submitted after set deadlines will not be considered. The 2020 application is available HERE.


After final selections, the top three scholarships will be awarded at the state level in the amounts of $3000, $2000 and $1000. Winners from the remaining six regions will each receive $500. First, second and third place awards will be paid directly to the applicant’s school of choice in two equal installments, one upon enrollment at the beginning of the year and the second at midterm. The six other scholarships will be paid directly to the students.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship applications are judged based on the following criteria:

  • 20 points for Involvement, Leadership and Character
  • 20 points for Career
  • 30 points for Scholastic Achievement
  • 30 points for Conservation Message


2020 Conservation Scholarship Rules

2020 Scholarship Application

Congratulations to the 2020 Scholarship Winners!

1st Place – Chloe Calhoun, Plymouth SWCD, Region 1, $3,000

2nd Place – Collin Witte, Cerro Gordo, Region 3, $2,000

3rd Place – Lydia Johnson, Polk SWCD, Region 6, $1,000

Our Regional Winners – With an award of $500/Scholarship
CDI Region 2- Chase Hurd, Sac SWCD
CDI Region 4- Lauren Goldsmith, Delaware SWCD
CDI Region 5- Molly Simmons, Guthrie SWCD
CDI Region 7 – Chloe Engelbrecht, Scott SWCD
CDI Region 8 – Easton Hultman, Montgomery SWCD
CDI Region 9 – Logan Schmitt, Van Buren SWCD

2019 Scholarship Winners

1st Place: Jacob Ewart, Louisa SWCD, Region 7

2nd Place: Megan Rotert, Carroll SWCD, Region 5

3rd Place: Grant Welk, Story SWCD, Region 6