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Resource Conservation Workshop

Randy Willis
Contact: Randy Willis
District Administrator
Phone: (828) 465-8950
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mapAgricultural Resources Center
1175 S Brady Avenue
Newton, NC 28658

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Attention High School Students!

The 2017 Resource Conservation Workshop will be held in Raleigh, June 25th - June 30th. The Catawba County Soil and Water Conservation District will select one outstanding student to represent Catawba County at this workshop. Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply!


The North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ policy provides that students may participate one time only in this workshop. This policy was made to promote equal competition for workshop scholarships and awards.

The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong intensive study and hands-on conservation workshop requiring student application and participation in a wide range of natural resource conservation topics. Students are housed in NCSU campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors. In order to achieve success, students should come prepared to apply themselves to meet the primary objective of this workshop -- learning about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to students under several awards programs.

Resource Conservation Workshop Awards
S. Grady Lane Award:  Amount of Award: $100 cash and $500 college scholarship
The Grady Lane Award is the grand prize of the Resource Conservation Workshop. Each counselor selects a student who is then interviewed by a panel and a winner is selected. Selected criteria include academic scores, counselor evaluations, financial need, attitude and interview results.

District Employee's Association Award:  Amount of Award: $1,000.00 college scholarship.
This award is sponsored by the N.C. District Employee’s Association.

Five other RCW Awards are presented. Winners are selected using academic scores from the challenge exam (including the tiebreaker question.)
1st Place: Amount of Award: $100 cash and $500 college scholarship
2nd Place: Amount of Award: $100 cash and $275 college scholarship
3rd Place: Amount of Award: $100 cash
4th Place: Amount of Award: $75 cash
5th Place: Amount of Award: $50 cash

Application deadline is Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Student Information
Application form (PDF)


For more information please contact the Catawba County Soil and Water Office at (828) 465-8950.