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Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
Dave Ferguson Scholarship

Once again, it is time to get out there and promote the annual AACD Dave Ferguson Scholarship Contest! The topic this year is “Healthy Forests - Healthy Communities?”

Scholarships will be awarded for 1st Place - $1,000; 2nd Place - $500 by AACD. 

Below you will find important information regarding the 2020-2021 scholarship contest. Each document is designed to be copied and adapted for your own use. 

  • A suggested letter to inform your community of the availability of the scholarship. Just fill in the name of your district and phone number, and send entry forms to High School Counselors, 4-H Leaders, FBLA Sponsors, FFA Sponsors, Scout Leaders, and your County Extension Agents. Try to get these to the schools at the very beginning of the year for the best results.

  • A sample for a radio script or newspaper release. Be sure to fill in the blanks and add a contact person's name, phone number, and the district name at the top. Local radio stations are always looking for this type of information. Go ahead and take a copy by the station. You might be surprised at the results.

  • The entry form. The rules of the contest are included in the information the student certifies by signing the entry form. The scholarship applicants must live in the district, have a GPA of at least 2.5, and intend to follow a conservation related major at an Arkansas college or university. With the entry they are required to include two letters of recommendation, a minimum 750-word essay and two photos in support of your essay.

  • A list of frequently asked questions

Please contact AACD at (501) 904-5575 if you have any additional questions.


Important Dates to Remember

February 19, 2021 – Deadline for applications to be received in District Offices

April 19, 2021 – Deadline for applications to be received by the Area Presidents

June 18, 2021 – Deadline for Area Winners to be received in the AACD State Office

Mail entries to the following address:

Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
4004 McCain Blvd., Ste. 201-B
North Little Rock, AR  72116


Area Winners essays can be emailed to

July 2021 – Winners to be judged and announced prior to August 2, 2021


Healthy Forests Healthy Communities
Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they absorb carbon from the atmosphere, stabilize the soil, filter water, provide healthy habitat for wildlife and offer many additional benefits – for nature, people and biodiversity. Not only is it necessary to protect existing trees and plant new ones, but it's also important to advocate and educate about trees and forest conservation within your community.



The Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
4004 McCain Blvd, Ste. 201-B
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116
Telephone (501) 904-5575