The awards program of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is designed to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in advocating the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources. These are not to be confused with Chapter Awards (found here).
2015-2016 individual award nominations are due by 11:59 PM Central on February 29, 2016.
Summary of Society Awards
I. Awards Available to Society Members
Fellow—Recognizes exceptional professional achievement coupled with service to the society Number awarded: Up to 0.1% of members
Outstanding Service—Recognizes distinguished service to the society over a long and sustained period (10 years minimum) Number awarded: Up to 0.1% of members
Commendation—Recognizes members for service to their chapters (members having received other society awards are also eligible) Number awarded: Each chapter, council of chapters, society board member, or society officer may nominate no more than one member annually
Conservation Research—Recognizes SWCS society members or teams of members whose research has led to exceptional improvements in soil conservation, water conservation, and/or related natural resources research.
II. Awards Available to Society Members and Nonmembers
Hugh Hammond Bennett—Recognizes exceptional service and extraordinary national and international accomplishments in the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources. Number awarded: One and only if a suitable candidate is nominated.
Harold-Kay Scholl Excellence in Conservation Award—Recognizes individuals who creatively and effectively provide technical assistance in conservation planning. The number and value of awards will depend on the annual income of the Scholl fund. Number awarded: One, and then only if a suitable candidate is nominated.
Honor—Recognizes people for outstanding accomplishments compatible with society objectives Number awarded: Up to 10 each year
Merit—Recognizes noteworthy conservation activity or products of organizations, agencies, or firms. Number awarded: As many as meet the criteria
Questions about SWCS awards? Contact email@example.com or call 515-289-2331 ext. 114.