Illinois Conservation Foundation
announces scholarship program
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SPRINGFIELD -- The
Illinois Conservation Foundation has launched a prestigious new
youth outreach program that will award 10 scholarships to high
school juniors and seniors who have made significant contributions
or exhibited unparalleled dedication in preserving, promoting,
enhancing or supporting natural resources.
"Nominations are now
being accepted for the new Youth Conservation Achievement
Scholarship program," said Jess Hansen, executive director of
Illinois Conservation Foundation. "It is our hope that these 10
$1,000 scholarships will assist those to whom they are awarded in
achieving their life goals and provide them an opportunity to meet
people who have dedicated their lives to the same causes."
The scholarships will
be awarded to one female and one male student in each of five
regions, as designated by the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources. The presentation of the first class of 10 scholarship
recipients will occur during the foundation's 2005 Illinois Outdoor
Hall of Fame banquet.
Nomination forms, now
available through the foundation and the
Department of Natural Resources Education Division, must be
completed and returned by June 1. Applicants must be nominated by a
natural resource constituency group, community leader, school
administrator or teacher, or adult mentor. In addition, applicants
must be Illinois residents who are high school juniors or seniors at
the time of application.
program is supported through funds raised at the annual Illinois
Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet. The Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame was
initiated in 2002 to honor people who have made significant and
lasting contributions in protecting and enhancing Illinois' natural
resources for future generations.
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program will link deserving students with the Hall of Fame
inductees, blending knowledge and experience with youthful
enthusiasm to provide a solid foundation for future conservation
efforts in the state of Illinois," Hansen said. "As so many of our
ICF programs instill in our youth an appreciation for the outdoors
and natural resources, this new Youth Conservation Achievement
Scholarship program is an opportunity to pass the torch, learn from
the past, renew our commitment and provide hope for the future."
Conservation Foundation, an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
corporation, has raised more than $18.5 million to support programs
of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Contributions are
tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
For more information, including details
on the new scholarship program, contact the Illinois Conservation
Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; phone
(217) 785-2003; or check the ICF website at
Department of Natural Resources