Carson Conservation Scholarship

Glenn CarsonThe Glenn F. Carson, II Memorial Conservation Scholarship was created by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition board of directors in May 2014, following Glenn’s tragic death in an automobile accident at age 43. The purpose of the Carson Conservation Scholarship is to assist young people from Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties who want to pursue higher education in natural resource conservation fields. And, as then HRWC chairperson Brenda K. Hull said, “to do something to perpetually honor Glenn’s tireless conservation work in our communities.”

Minimum Scholarship Requirements

Applicants must be high school seniors who are residents of Cherokee, Clay or Graham counties in North Carolina. Applicants must have plans to attend an accredited college or university and pursue a degree in an approved field of study. Selections are based on application responses, without discrimination to race, sex, religion, color, sexual orientation, or national origin. Approved fields of study are listed below. [Other fields of study may also be approved; however, applicants must secure prior approval for an unlisted major.]

  • Agronomy
  • Agriculture
  • Biology (non-medical)
  • Botany
  • Chemistry (emphasis environmental)
  • Civil Engineering (emphasis sanitary/environmental, biological, or hydraulic)
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Health/Science/Education
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Geography (emphasis environmental, planning, or mapping)
  • Geology
  • Natural Resource Conservation/Management
  • Outdoor Leadership (emphasis environmental education)
  • Science Education
  • Soil Science
  • Sustainable Development
  • Wildlife Biology/Management

Scholarship Basics

HRWC grants three Carson Conservation Scholarship awards annually to one senior in each of the three counties. The top award is $2,000 (or 100% of cost for one year, whichever is lower) and is renewable at $1,000/year for up to three additional years, based on continued eligibility. Additional non-renewable awards of $500 are made in each of the other two counties (in which the top award winner does not reside), if qualifying applications are received.

Application Process

The 2018 scholarship application and guidelines will be posted in Fall 2017. Applications will be due on:
January 31, 2018, 5:00 PM

Scholarship Recipients

Cutler Edwards of Robbinsville High in Graham County received the top Carson Conservation Scholarship award of $2,000 in 2017. Scholarships of $500 each were also presented in 2017 to Kylan Thompson of Andrews High in Cherokee County and Bronson Kirby of Hayesville High in Clay County.

Support for the Scholarship Program

Donations to initially establish the Carson Conservation Scholarship were made by Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation District, Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District, Michael Baker Engineering, Fred & Carolyn Carson and more than 50 individuals, many of whom were members of Peachtree Memorial Baptist Church. The scholarship program continues to rely on contributions from individuals and organizations. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and may be sent to HRWC, PO Box 889, Murphy, NC 28906 with the designation “Carson Conservation Scholarship” noted.