WGCD: Conservation Scholarship Opportunities

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, March 15th

Spring is an easy time to get distracted…but if you hope to attend college in the Fall, you  are probably searching and applying for scholarship opportunities to complete and submit by set deadlines.

West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) hosts a scholarship award program with an approaching deadline for submission by eligible full-time students living within WGCD boundaries, who plan to attend a Colorado institution of higher learning, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average.  Scholarship Application packets must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15th. The Scholarship award is $5,000 per student.


– A map showing our District boundaries can be found at:


– You can check your home address at the County Assessor’s site: https://www.co.weld.co.us/apps1/propertyportal/ to see if your family pays WGCD taxes.

– Students who do not live within West Greeley’s service area may opt in to the District using a County Assessors form found at:


Scholarship selection is based on the student’s demonstrated:

▪ Scholastic ability, having earned a 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)

▪ Academic commitment to studies in a conservation related fields such as:

         Natural Resources                                           Environmental Studies

         Agriculture                                                       Animal Science

        Water                                                                 Forestry

        Agribusiness                                                      GeoScience, etc.

▪ Financial need

▪ Extracurricular activities, volunteer service and/or conservation projects that impact

        Weld County

The application process includes:

  • Filling out our application form found at: http://www.wgcd.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2018-Scholarship-application.pdf
  • Composing a typed 2-page personal essay that addresses the importance of agriculture and conservation to the student and summarizes their school and community activities and accomplishments
  • A summary of their career goals
  • A completed up-to-date high school and/or college transcript
  • Two confidential, sealed letters of character reference/recommendation from someone NOT related to the applicant must be mailed, at the time the student applies to also arrive via mail before March 15, 2019 to:

West Greeley Conservation District

Attn: Scholarship

4302 W. 9th St. Rd.

Greeley, CO 80634

            These letters should speak to the potential scholarship recipient’s personal, civic and academic accomplishments. They can be from a teacher, principal, advisor, neighbor, employer, counselor, or parent of a friend (but not from a family member).

  • Applicant might be contacted for an interview

West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) will accept submissions from:

  • Incoming College Freshman
  • Renewal (past Freshman scholarship recipient)
  • Continuing Education (Sophomore, Junior or Senior)

And occasionally a graduate student seeking a

    • Master’s Degree

The students who are selected will be notified on or before April 26th with every effort being made to notify their school prior to high school graduation.  Scholarship winners must notify WGCD of intent to refuse or accept the scholarship no later than June 3rd.

            Completed applications can be emailed to kristi.helzer@wgcd.org and must include your application, essay, goals, transcript(s) and in the email subject line state the category/level of the scholarship you are applying for along with your last name in All CAPS. Your two personal character reference letters should be postmarked the same day you email your packet to WGCD to arrive by Friday, March 15th.

Application Form is online @ http://www.wgcd.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2018-Scholarship-application.pdf

Scholarship forms are also available on our Web site: wgcd.org.  If you have questions please contact Kristi Helzer, Community Outreach & Education Coordinator at kristi.helzer@wgcd.org or 970.356.8097 x:143.

Quotes and photos from a couple Scholarship winners…

“Words cannot express how truly honored and thankful I am to have received a WGCD Scholarship. I was more than ecstatic when I heard that I was chosen as a recipient. My
Family has always anticipated paying for college would be a struggle, but that challenge has now become easier – thanks to you! It is very encouraging to know that I have so many kind, wonderful people supporting my future and education!”
-Mattea Klein, (future) Adams State, Freshmen
“I am deeply grateful to receive the West Greeley Conservation District Renewal Scholarship for 2018/2019! College is very expensive and this scholarship is a huge help. Beyond my gratitude to the WGCD, I also want to make sure I express my commitment to work hard, every day, to be worthy of this support! I take education very seriously and, with the help of the West Greeley Conservation District scholarship, I move closer to a future where I can be a positive force for conservation and environmental sustainability in our community. Thank you!”
— Katherine Potter, Fort Lewis College


By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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