Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9AM-5PM M-F

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

Laura Grape,
Executive Director

College Scholarships for Conservation and the Environment

Fairfax County High School Student Wins Conservation Scholarship Prize

Photo of Katrina White Katrina White, a recent graduate from James Madison High School is an exceptional student dedicated to conservation. Her dedication was honored by the Virgina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Educational Foundation with a $1,000 scholarship to help support her as she goes on to study Environmental Engineering at Yale University in the fall. Katrina became involved with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District in 7th grade when she became a certified stream monitor. We are proud of her achievements and wish her all the best!

Here are two opportunities for students interested in the environment and natural resource conservation. High school students can apply to attend summer Youth Conservation Camp. High school seniors and college freshmen can apply for a college scholarship.

College Scholarships

The Educational Foundation of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annually offers several $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors for college study. The scholarships support studies related to natural resource conservation. Applications must arrive at the NVSWCD office by March 12, 2018. Applications for students who reside in Fairfax County must be submitted to the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, which will select one student for consideration by the state committee.

Download the scholarship application.


  • To promote the education of Virginia citizens in technical fields associated with natural resource conservation and environmental protection.
  • To give financial support to students majoring or showing a strong desire to major in a course curriculum related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies.


  • Individual applicants must be full-time students enrolled in or who have applied to a college freshman level curriculum.
  • Applicants shall document a class ranking in the top 20% of his/her graduating class or a 3.0 or greater Grade Point Average, or appropriate equivalent of individual scholastic achievement. The most recent official high school or college transcript must accompany the application. (The official transcript may be sent separately, but must arrive by the March 12 deadline.)
  • Applicants shall demonstrate an active interest in conservation and the environment. Applications are evaluated with regard to all sections of the scholarship application, including scholastic achievement, extra-curricular and leadership activities, financial considerations, employment and volunteer work, letters of reference and the essays.
  • Three letters of reference must be attached, or, if sent separately, must arrive by the March 12 deadline.
  • Applications will be reviewed by local and state panels and all applications and information contained therein shall remain confidential.

Amount Awarded

  • Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded statewide this year.
  • Checks will be issued to the selected school in each student's name.


March 12, 2018

Applications must arrive at the the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) office by this date. (Mailed applications should be postmarked at least three working days beforehand to ensure arrival by the deadline.) Students may also drop off their complete application during regular office hours.

Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

March 28, 2018

Each of Virginia's 47 soil and water conservation districts in the state may nominate one applicant. Application selected by NVSWCD evaluation committee is forwarded to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts scholarship committee for consideration.

Early May 2018

Scholarship winners announced.

College Scholarship Application

Download the Scholarship Application

To have an application sent to you via U.S. mail or in an alternative format, call 703-324-1460, TTY 711 or email NVSWCD.

Youth Conservation Camp

"It is hard to believe that we explored such an amazing spectrum of conservation topics in just one week. Each day was filled with activities. It was so wonderful to be with campers, counselors, and scientists who shared an intense interest in environmental sciences. Every day was an awesome learning experience for me and a fun one at that!"

Amanda Harbison, Past Youth Conservation Camper

Youth Conservation Campers Gina and RachelFor over 35 years, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a week long summer conservation camp in July for Virginia high school students on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together about 70 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia's natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors. Youth Conservation Camp is a selective program and interested students must send their application to their local Soil and Water Conservation District.

Each year, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District receives applications, makes selections and offers a partial scholarship to students who will attend Youth Conservation Camp. The total cost of camp is usually around $550, including meals, lodging, activities, and transport during camp. Students are responsible for obtaining their own means of transportation to and from Virginia Tech from their homes.

Youth Conservation Camp is a wonderful experience that has brought enjoyment and environmental education to generations of students. For a camp schedule and highlights, please see the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts' camp website at

We are now accepting applications  for Youth Conservation Camp, which will be held from July 8-14, 2018. NVSWCD Application Deadline: May 9, 2018. We encourage you to download an application form and mail it to:

Youth Conservation Camp, c/o Northern VA Soil and Water Conservation District,
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, Virginia 22035.

You may also submit the application by email with "Youth Conservation Camp Application" in the subject line. We look forward to receiving your application!

2018 Holiday Lake Forestry Camp - VDOF

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) offers their Holiday Lake Forestry Camp as another environmental opportunity for youth this summer. The six-day residential camp takes place at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center, where campers experience hands-on field-based learning about natural resources conservation and other environmental fields. Students interested in participating in this year's camp program must be nominated by any adult who knows them well and is not related to them. Camp nominees must also meet the following criteria:

  • Are 13-16 years old
  • Are current Virginia residents
  • Express interest in natural resources and conservation
  • Have good academic standing
  • Have not previously attended the program

Following acceptance and registration fee payment, all campers receive a scholarship that covers the cost of attending camp. VDOF is currently accepting 2018 nominations for attending Holiday Lake Forestry Camp, which will be held June 18-23, 2018. Deadline for submitting nomination forms: April 9. Those interested in participating can find more information, along with the nomination form, at