Each year, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, in collaboration with our permittees, offers scholarships for 2 different age groups.
- Kent Butler Memorial Scholarship available for Juniors and Seniors in High School
- Camp Scholarship available for students age 9-15
Congratulations to Bonnie Devany of LASA High School in AISD! Her essay, We Need a Solution to our Water Pollution won our 2013 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Essay Contest.
Each year one essay is selected as the winning entry by an independent evaluation panel, and the author receives a $2,500 scholarship to the college, community college, or training institution of his/her choice. Special thanks to our panel of judges!
This year’s judges were Lisa Benton, Water Quality Coordinator with the Lower Colorado River Authority; Bridget Cameron, Water Conservation Specialist for the Texas Water Development Board; Liza Colucci, Biologist with the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department; Richard Parrish, Hays County Extension Agent with Texas AgriLife; Gary Franklin, BSEACD Precinct 2 Director; and Alan Andrews, BSEACD Staff Hydrologist.
Deadline for submissions: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013.
|The District's college scholarship is dedicated as a memorial scholarship honoring one of Austin's most influential environmental planners, Kent Butler. Dr. Butler specialized in bringing science and policy together. He encouraged open conversation, collaboration, and participation from all perspectives. The Kent S. Butler Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest increases the awareness of groundwater issues by rewarding high school students for high quality research and writing. The $2,500 scholarship can be applied toward tuition for any college, community college, or training institution. A panel of independent judges reviews all essays and score them based on content, accuracy of information, originality, grammar, quality of research, and style. The judges represent a cross-section of skills and expertise.|
The District would like to thank Goforth Special Utility District for donating a portion of their Conservation Credits to the scholarship fund. The scholarship program would not be a success without these generous donations! Thank you!!!
The District awards program includes students ages 9-15 through scholarships to Aquatic Science Adventure Camp at Texas State University in San Marcos. Winners attend camp run by Texas State University Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center. This camp offers a unique opportunity for kids to learn about local groundwater resources, test water quality, investigate stream biota, snorkel, try SCUBA diving, and more! This year, two winners for 5-day camp scholarships and two winners for 2-day camp scholarships were awarded.
2013 Winners Camp Scholarships are:
- Ty Pirkle, Dahlstrom Middle School (5-day camp scholarship)
- Skyler Johnson, Blanco Vista Elementary (5-day camp scholarship)
- Courtney Alexander, Ralph Pfluger Elementary (2-day camp scholarship)
- Leonardo Uriarte, Ralph Pfluger Elementary (2-day camp scholarship)
The applications and essays for the 2013 Camp Scholarship program for the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center's Aquatic Science Adventure Camp were due Monday, March 25, 2013. This year's program provided:
- $600 scholarships to the week-long Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: Parent responsible for providing $150 camp deposit fee, which will be needed to hold the child’s spot.)
- $150 scholarships to the 2-Day Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: All $150 paid for by BSEACD.)
Camp scholarship contest is open to children ages 9 through 15 who reside in one of the six school districts within the District’s boundaries.
Interested students must submit an application and a 1-page essay/artwork entitled "Why I want to attend the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp!"
Scholarship winners will be chosen in a random drawing; only completed applications with essays will be eligible.
Deadline for submissions: 5:00p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013.
The District would like to thank our permittee, Goforth Special Utility District, for donating their Conservation Credits to the scholarship fund. The scholarship program would not be a success without these generous donations! Thank you!!!