Two scholarships opportunities are available through the Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalist Chapter to prospective or existing college students who graduated from high school in Camden, Miller or Morgan counties or who currently reside within the Lake area. Scholarship recipients must be pursuing (or plan to pursue) a career in a conservation or natural resources field. This might include majors in forestry, wildlife management, biology, fisheries, parks and recreation, or natural resources.
Says scholarship chairman, Marvin Silliman, "We are looking for undergraduate or graduate students interested in helping to preserve and protect our valuable natural resources in Missouri and ideally here at the Lake of the Ozarks."
Two $1,500 scholarship opportunities are available:
1. A $1,500 scholarship targeted to an individual who is (or will be) a full-time college student and who currently resides within the Lake Area. Preference will be given to applicants who have or will graduate from a High School in Camden, Miller or Morgan County.
2. A $1,500 scholarship targeted to an individual who is a full-time or part-time student and who currently resides within the Lake Area.
The scholarships will be for the fall and spring semesters of 2013-14. Fifty percent of funds will be allocated per semester for a total of $1,500/scholarship for the school year as applicable. Funds may be used to cover books, tuition or fees and will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient.
For scholarship applications go to the Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalist website at http://lakeozarkmasternaturalist.com .
Further questions and completed applications may be directed to Jodi Moulder at the Missouri Department of Conservation office in Camdenton. Call 573-346-2210 x 233 or e-mail email@example.com. Applications will be accepted through June 7, 2013. Recipients will be notified of acceptance by July 15, 2013.
"We know there are many qualified students who are seeking financial help to complete their studies in a conservation related field. This scholarship is an attempt to help them reach their educational potential and to make a significant contribution to preserve the natural beauty and quality of life in our area," says Moulder.
Members of the Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalist Chapter share a common interest in nature and in volunteering to help protect, preserve, and restore Missouri's natural heritage. This active group volunteers for many area projects. Some of these include: Eagle Days, native landscaping projects at Wilmore Lodge and the Camdenton Missouri Department of Conservation Office complex, restoration of the Hurricane Deck School Outdoor Education Classroom, Kids Club for Lake Area children, and local Stream Team monitoring.