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SDACDE Memorial Scholarship


The South Dakota Association of Conservation District employees (SDACDE) set up the Memorial Scholarship in 1995 in memory of all fellow employees who have passed away.

The SDACDE is offering three (3) - $500 scholarships.  The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage those students concerned with conserving their natural resources by furthering their education in an agricultural/conservation related field.  The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who will be attending a South Dakota 4-year college or a vocational school.


All applications must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2024





Selection Criteria


Resource Conservation Speech Contest

Entrants Sought for 2024 Resource Conservation Speech Contest.   The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), in cooperation with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of South Dakota, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts is seeking entrants for the 2024 Resource Conservation Speech Contest.


The contest theme is "Working Grassland: Why Should We Care" All South Dakota students in grades 9-12 (public, private or home school) are eligible to compete for $2,500 in higher education scholarships, provided by the East River and Rushmore Electric power cooperatives and South Dakota Rural Electric Association.


Five place winners will be selected at the state level, with scholarships awarded to the top three finalists: first place is $1,200; second place is $800; and third place is $500. 


All contestants participate in contests coordinated by local conservation districts. Beadle Conservation District will be holding the local contest on March 6, 2024 @ 4 pm At the USDA Service Center.  Local winners advance to area contests held in seven locations. The top area speakers compete April 21, 2024 at the state finals in Pierre. 


For more information please contact the Beadle Conservation District office at 352-2998 ext 3.   



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