Dinwiddie awarded soil and water scholarship

By Gail Heathman | Apr 14, 2014
Allie Dinwiddie

For the second year in a row, a Haywood student has been awarded a $500 scholarship from the Area 1 Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). The scholarship, established in 2013, has been awarded to Tuscola senior Allie Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie’s association with soil and water conservation districts began in the third grade when she drew a winning poster for the Haywood district’s contest that progressed all the way to state competition, winning her a total of $300 in prize money. Last June, Dinwiddie was one of two students sponsored by Haywood SWCD at the Resource Conservation Workshop in Raleigh, where she achieved the highest test score out 92 students, winning a $500 scholarship plus $100 cash. More recently, Dinwiddie was a member of Tuscola’s Envirothon team, the Finest Scientists, which came in first place at the Area 1 Envirothon. Individual students do not win prize money, but they do win recognition and qualify for competition at the state Envirothon.

The Area 1 ASWCD is made up of 16 districts in the western end of the state; each district contributes money annually to fund the scholarship. High school students interested in pursuing a college major in the studies of agriculture, field science, conservation, energy, natural resources, environmental science, or related field may apply. Applicants are judged on grades and class rank as well as participation in soil and water programs and natural resource related activities.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship next year should contact education coordinator Gail Heathman at 452-2741, ext. 131.

Gail Heathman is the education coordinator for the Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District.

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