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Scholarships

 

 


Each year, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, in collaboration with our permittees, offers scholarships for 2 different age groups.

2015 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship
Groundwater Essay Contest

Scholarship Amount:  $2,500
Application Deadline:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (before 5:00pm
)

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.    

Essays must generally discuss groundwater issues, which may include but are not limited to:

  • non-point source pollution
  • pollution prevention
  • water conservation
  • hydrogeology

While essays must focus on groundwater issues, applicants do not have to be planning a career path in a water-related field.

The essay contest is open to high school juniors, seniors, and immediate graduates. Students must reside in one of the six school districts overlapping the District boundary. These six independent school districts are: Austin, Eanes, Dripping Springs, Hays Consolidated, Del Valle, and Lockhart.

2015 Groundwater Essay Contest application form and rules (pdf)

Kent Butler

Kent Butler
Online Memorial

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 Centex Materials, Creedmoor Water Supply, Texas Lehigh Cement Company, St. Andrews Episcopal School, City of Hays - Elliott Ranch, and 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!!!

 

2015 Camp Scholarship for Aquatic Science Adventure Camp

Scholarship Amount:  either $625 or $150, depending
Application Deadline:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (before 5:00 pm
)

The District, in collaboration with our permittees, sponsors an awards program that includes scholarships for students ages 9-15 through 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!  The District would like to thank Centex Materials, Creedmoor Water Supply, Texas Lehigh Cement Company, St. Andrews Episcopal School, City of Hays - Elliott Ranch, and 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 applications and essays for the 2015 Camp Scholarship program for the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center's Aquatic Science Adventure Camp will be due Tuesday, March 24, 2015. This year's program is expected to provide:

  • $625 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 Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 

English
Aquatic Science Adventure Camp Scholarship Application and Rules (pdf)
 

Español
Formulario de solicitud y reglas para el programa de becas del Distrito (pdf)

Congratulations to the 2014 Scholarship winners!

    Kent Butler College Scholarship:  Bowie High School junior, Jenna Trejo
    Aquatic Science Adventure Camp Scholarships:
              5-day Camp:  Somaya Jimenez-Haham of Austin Discovery School and Skylar Koenig, Katelyn Alren, and Savannah Kelsey of Pfluger Elementary School.
              2-day Camp:  Griffin Rans of Mills Elementary, Kaitlyn Manire of Gorzycki Middle School, and Megan Morris, Sarai Diaz, and McKenzi Pritchard of Pfluger Elementary.

Read more about the 2014 Winners and Judges in the April 29, 2014 Press Release:  Aquifer District Announces Winners of 2014 Scholarship Contests