Land conservancy accepting applications for scholarships

| 14 Jan 2014 | 02:43

    The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is accepting applications for its 2014 Scholarship Program.

    The conservancy administers two major scholarships, the Russell W. Myers Scholarship and the Rogers Family Scholarship. The Conservancy's Scholarship Program will awarding a total of $15,000 in 2014. 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 $194,000 in grants to 47 outstanding college students since its inception.

    Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2014.

    One application covers both scholarships. Interested students can obtain application forms by calling The Land Conservancy at (973) 541-1010 or by visiting

    The Russell W. Myers Scholarship Fund was established in 1983 to honor Myers, founder of Morris Land Conservancy, and a leader in the field of conservation. Myers served as the first director of the Morris County Park Commission for more than 25 years. His dynamic leadership established the Morris County Park System as the largest county park system in 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 $220 million in county, state, and federal grants for their land conservation projects. We have worked in 89 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 181 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 our website at