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Wake County invites high school students to apply for conservation camp scholarships

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Wake County North Carolina
Wake County North Carolina
Wake County is located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of July 1, 2019, the population was 1,111,761, making it North Carolina's most populous county as well as the most populous county in the Carolinas. From July 2005 to July 2006, Wake County was the 9th fastest-growing county in the United States, with the town of Cary and the city of Raleigh being the 8th and 15th fastest-growing cities, respectively. Its county seat is Raleigh, which is also the state capital. Eleven other municipalities are in Wake County, the largest of which is Cary, the third largest city of the Research Triangle region and the seventh largest municipality in North Carolina.

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Do you know a high school student looking for a career that allows them to be outdoors, helping to protect wildlife, waterways, farms, and forests? For the first time since the pandemic began in 2020, the Resource Conservation Workshop will be held in person this summer. The Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors is looking to sponsor five students to attend this week-long camp, living on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to apply for the $550 scholarship to attend the camp, which runs from Sunday, June 26 through Friday, July 1. Applications must be received by 5 pm on Friday, April 1. Only about 100 students are chosen from across the state, and there are only five openings for Wake County high school students, so the application process is very competitive.

Teens will gain hands-on experience in various fields of natural resource management, such as soil and water conservation, forestry, water quality, and wildlife. High scores on a final exam give students a chance to win college scholarships and up to $1,000 in prize money.

“Students tell us that the Resource Conservation Workshop was the highlight of their summer,” said Teresa Furr, director of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. “Many go on to pursue careers in an environmental field, which encourages us to offer this wonderful learning opportunity to as many young people as we can each year.”

To fill out a scholarship application or to sponsor a deserving Wake County teen to conservation camp, visit WakeGov.com/ConservationCamp .

Winners will be chosen by the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Board. The board will award four scholarships to local students and the Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor a fifth scholarship. Winners will be notified on April 22.

The Resource Conservation Workshop is sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in collaboration with the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the Department of Soil Sciences, University North Carolina State and the Hugh Hammond Bennett Section of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

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