Cynthia Pridmore Scholarship Winners Announced!

The Virginia Dare SWCD is pleased to announce our Cynthia Pridmore Scholarship Recipients!

Eli Hoar, who is attending Virginia Tech. Eli is a continuing Pridmore Scholarship Recipient! Eli is currently majoring in Crop and Soil Science, the Class of 2022! Eli is also a NRCS Soil Conservation Pathways Intern!

Reagan Vaughan a graduate of Kellam High School. Reagan will attend Virginia Tech and will major in Animal and Poultry Science!

Isabella Reynold is a graduate of Ocean Lakes High School. Isabella will attend Virginia Tech and major in Crop and Environmental Sciences.

All of our Scholarship Recipients demonstrate the qualities and meet the academic requirements of The Pridmore Scholarship. The Cynthia Pridmore VA Dare SWCD Scholarship doesn’t focus solely on the academics of students, but allows students who demonstrate, community engagement in agriculture, environmental and conservation of natural resources in our watershed who will major in Agriculture, Environmental Education and Conservation of Natural Resources!

All programs and services of the Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or disability.

Youth Conservation Leadership Institute


What is Youth Conservation Leadership Institute and how does it work?

Youth Conservation Leadership Institute (YCLI) is a recognition program for students in 9th- 12th grade that focuses on volunteer service and environmental stewardship.  YCLI began as an expansion of Youth Conservation Camp in an effort to keep students engaged in the environmental topics introduced at camp. YCLI offers high school students interested in environmental conservation and stewardship an opportunity to build leadership skills and connect with local mentors involved with environmental issues. 

Students in 9th-12th grade may submit applications to the VASWCD in August and Sept., with applications due Oct. 2nd, 2020.  Those accepted into the program will be notified of acceptance by October 16th, 2020.  Program participants are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service with a conservation focus.  The hours may be done as part of a single project or a series of projects but all projects must be approved by the VASWCD.  Participants will need to acquire a program sponsor such as a local Soil & Water Conservation District or other similar conservation related organization.   The YCLI sponsor will assist the participant with finding a service project that fits their interest and the needs of the community.  The sponsor will also serve as a mentor for the participant to report to and receive guidance along the way.

There will be conference call in meeting at the beginning of the program to allow all participants a chance to meet and brainstorm for their projects.

The program will conclude with an awards and recognition ceremony to be held in Spring of 2021.  The recognition program agenda will include time for participants to speak about their work and hear from key speakers in the conservation field.

YCLI is a unique opportunity for 9th-12th graders  to receive experience and engage in networking opportunities to prepare them for future education and career paths.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

 Students in 9th-12th grade  with a strong interest in natural resources conservation and related fields are encouraged to apply.  Click here to download the 2020-2021 YCLI application   Applications are due by Oct. 2th, 2020.  Please contact if you or your student has interest and would like to discuss. Applications can be emailed as a pdf to or mailed to the VASWCD office- VASWCD 7308 Hanover Green Drive, Suite 100  Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Environmental Educational Virtual Classroom Programs! Please contact our District Manager, Kathleen Sullivan for a Virtual Enviroscape Program for the 2020-2021 School Year!



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