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