The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is accepting applications for their 2015 Scholarship Program.

The Conservancy administers two major scholarships, the Russell W. Myers Scholarship and the Rogers Family Scholarship. The Conservancy’s Scholarship Program will be awarding a total of $15,000 in 2015. Each Scholarship will provide $7,500 to a New Jersey resident pursuing a degree in environmental science, natural resource management, conservation, horticulture, park administration, or a related field.

Potential candidates must currently be a student in good standing with at least 15 credits completed and have an academic average equivalent of a 3.0 or higher. The Land Conservancy of New Jersey’s Scholarship Program has awarded $201,750 in grants to 48 outstanding college students since its inception. 

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Interested students can obtain more information, eligibility requirements, and application forms at www.tlc-nj.org or by calling The Land Conservancy at (973) 541-1010.  One application covers both Scholarships.  Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2015. 

The Russell W. Myers Scholarship Fund was established in 1983 to honor Mr. Myers, founder of Morris Land Conservancy, and an outstanding leader in the field of conservation.  Mr. Myers served as the first Director of the Morris County Park Commission for more than a quarter century.  His dynamic leadership established the Morris County Park System as the largest county park system in the State of New Jersey and one of the finest in the nation. 

The Rogers Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by Gray and Mollie Rogers, dedicated conservationists who wanted to expand The Land Conservancy of New Jersey’s educational support for outstanding environmentally-oriented students.  Gray Rogers is a Trustee Emeritus of the Conservancy.

Founded in 1981, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is a member supported non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving and protecting our vital natural lands and water resources. We are working to inspire and empower individuals and communities to take action to preserve land and protect the environment in New Jersey. The Conservancy has preserved more than 20,000 acres of land and helped towns secure $233 million in county, state, and federal grants for their land conservation projects. We have worked in 100 municipalities in 13 counties benefiting millions of people who live, work, or visit our state.  Accredited by the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2009, The Conservancy joins 284 organizations nationwide recognized for meeting the highest quality standards for protecting open space, upholding the public trust, and ensuring that our conservation efforts are permanent.

For more information, to volunteer, or make a donation, call (973) 541-1010, or visit www.tlc-nj.org.