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Dora Chaffin SWCD Employee/Dependent Scholarships

Applications Due Friday, May 29, 2015

The Dora Chaffin SWCD Employee/Dependent Scholarships (the “Dora Chaffin Scholarships”) are offered by the Educational Foundation of the VASWCD in honor and memory of Dora Crute Chaffin, wife of Wilkie Chaffin, former president of the VASWCD and the Educational Foundation.  The Dora Chaffin Scholarships are designed to help provide financial support to Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) employees pursuing college degrees to enhance their district job skills or to members of the employees’ families.

This new program and funding stream was recently established with the support of Wilkie Chaffin and the Foundation board and is accepting its first round of applications thru close of business May 29, 2015.

An applicant for a Dora Chaffin Scholarship must be one of the following:

  1. A full-time district employee taking a leave of absence to attend an accredited, four-year college full-time to earn a first Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in a natural resources related area.  It is expected that the employee will remain with the district if and when the degree is completed.
  2. A full-time district employee attending an accredited, four-year college part-time to earn a first Bachelor’s or Master’s natural resources related degree.  It is expected that the employee will remain with the district if and when the degree is completed.
  3. The spouse, daughter, son, or other dependent of a full-time district employee, where the dependent is attending an accredited, four-year college full-time to earn a Bachelor’s natural resources related degree.

At least one scholarship will be awarded each year if there are sufficiently qualified applicants.  The scholarship will be applied to tuition costs, and will be a minimum of $2,000.   In addition to job history and accomplishments, academic background, community service history, proposed major, and potential future conservation related contributions, financial need will be considered when reviewing scholarship applications.

Contact Wilkie Chaffin or VASWCD staff with questions about the application process. Download the Dora Chaffin Scholarship application from the VASWCD website at http://vaswcd.org/award-program. Applications are due by May 29, 2015

Student Scholarships

The VASWCD Educational Foundation scholarship program promotes the education of Virginia citizens in technical fields with a natural resource conservation and environmental protection emphasis. The program provides financial support to students majoring in or showing a strong desire to major in a course curriculum related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies. Annually the Foundation provides four $1000 statewide scholarships in addition to the many local SWCD scholarship opportunities.

2019 Prospective scholarship candidates – Individual applicants must be full-time college freshmen or high school senior students  who have applied to a college freshman level curriculum. Applicants shall document a class ranking in the top 20% of his or her graduating class or a 3.0 or greater Grade Point Average or appropriate equivalent of individual scholastic achievement.  The applicant’s most recent official high school transcript must accompany the application. A copy of a school transcript will not be accepted.  Applicants shall demonstrate active interest in conservation.

We encourage applicants who were high school seniors in 2018 to apply again in 2019 as scholarship guidelines allow those “enrolled in a freshman college curriculum or applying to a college freshmen level curriculum” to be considered.

Contact your local SWCD or the Association office for an application specific to your Soil & Water Conservation Districts. VASWCD applications are due to your local SWCD usually by early March and must follow their deadline, guidelines and restrictions. To determine your local SWCD contact VASWCD staff at 804-559-0324 or Find your Local Soil & Water Conservation District here.

Virginia Soil & Water Conservation Districts  The 2018 Scholarship Application can be downloaded here and was due to the VASWCD no later than March 28,2018. The 2019 Scholarship Application will be available in early 2019. Local SWCDs may add questions and local deadlines to the application, but all questions included in the application must remain for students to be considered at the state level.  Four $1,000 scholarships will be given statewide.

Districts may make as many copies of the  scholarship application as needed. Submitted applications must be completed in its entirety for consideration by the Foundation Scholarship Review Committee. We request your assistance in publicizing the VASWCD Foundation scholarship program with high school seniors and college freshmen in your area.

When distributing the applications, please request they be returned to your district office. Each district is to then select one applicant, then forward that application to the VASWCD for consideration of a statewide scholarship.

The VASWCD suggests that applications be due to your local SWCD by March 1, 2019 to allow for proper review before choosing and sending one application to our attention though this can be changed at your discretion. Your scholarship applicant chosen to be sent to the VASWCD for consideration can be sent via mail, scanned and sent via email, or faxed to 804-559-0325. Also, please be sure to insert your district name, address, and contact person in the space provided on the application form.

2018 Southeast Region & NACD Summer Board Meeting

Join Us In Williamsburg August 3-7, 2018

The Southeast Region Meeting and NACD Summer Conservation Forum and Tour is headed to the Revolutionary City! Join us in Williamsburg for the NACD Summer Board Meeting (August 3-5, 2018) and the Southeast Region Meeting (Augsut 5-7, 2018) for what will be a great networking and educational session.  

Information & Registration Items: 

  • Registration – Online registration is available thru NACD here. Online registration ends July 13, 2018. Registration may also be submitted by completion of this paper registration form and mailed with check to the attention of NACD as noted on the form. Do not mail registration forms or fax to NACD attention after July 6, 2018. For planning purposes, please submit registrations by the deadline. Tours and meals cannot be guaranteed if registering onsite.
  • Hotel Reservations – Reservations can be made with the Williamsburg Lodge directly via phone at 1-800-261-9530 indicate you’re with the 2018 NACD Summer Conference to receive the group rate. Lodging can also be reserved online at https://book.passkey.com/event/49611622/owner/31763/home. Room reservation deadline July 13, 2018.
  • Draft Agenda – The draft agenda is packed full of training and networking. View the draft conference booklet and learn about key speakers, review breakout session descriptions, study up on tour options, and more.
  • Virginia Scholarship Opportunities – This scholarship application is for both VACDE members as well as directors interested in attending the Southeast meeting. The VACDE will award scholarships to employees up to $500 to cover registration and lodging only. The Education Foundation will award a handful of scholarships to district directors in the amount of $350 to cover the cost associated with Southeast Meeting registration. Funds will be awarded on a reimbursement basis to the district. Review full scholarship guidelines before applying. Completed applications are due by June 15. Recipients will be notified on or around June 29, 2018. Access the online scholarship application at https://goo.gl/forms/pykFf0xJEChx2lIE2.
  • Sponsor/Vendor/Exhibit Opportunities- Learn details regarding sponsorship levels and come on board as a meeting sponsor to gain recognition throughout the conference. Purchase sponsorship opportunities by sending payment directly to the VASWCD.

Additional Registration Details:

This week in Williamsburg will provide you with numerous education opportunities in a range of topics. From morning general sessions, Monday breakout session and Tuesday’s tours, you’ll have a chance to learn about the deep history of the region as well as the unique natural resource concerns it faces.

Your Southeast Region registration of $350 includes entrance into the Sunday evening reception, a light Monday breakfast, the Monday Hall of Fame Luncheon, a light Tuesday breakfast, your choice of one of four tour options/lunch on Tuesday afternoon organized by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) and the Tuesday banquet dinner. Tour options include an agriculture tour, an education and coastal topics tour, an urban and forestry-themed tour and a historical tour. All four of these options include lunch, but you’ll want to save your seat as soon as possible! Early registrations receive tour preference priority, and registrations completed after July 13 cannot be guaranteed a tour slot.

Williamsburg Lodge: Meeting Venue in the Heart of Colonial Williamsburg

Make sure to book your stay at the Williamsburg Lodge in historic downtown Williamsburg, where you’ll be able to feel the cannons fire during reenactments. Room rates start at $137 per night. To reserve your room, click here or call 1-800-261-9530 and say you’re with the 2018 NACD Summer Conference. Reservations can be made up until Friday, July 13. Plan your visit and learn more about the Williamsburg area at

How to Get to the Meeting

The closest airports to Williamsburg are Richmond International Airport (RIC), Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and Newport News-Williamsburg Airport (PHF). Transportation to and from the hotel from Richmond International Airport or Norfolk International Airport can be arranged through local shuttle providers. Williamsburg Lodge also offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the Williamsburg Train Station (WBG). More details about transportation are being added to our website daily.