Scholarships offered for college students in natural resources field

Scholarships offered for college students in natural resources field

Thursday, January 18, 2024

GRAND ISLAND — Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is accepting applications for the CPNRD-Ron Bishop Memorial College Scholarship Program.

Applicants must be a college junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in a natural resources course of study at an accredited college or university. Five (5) scholarships will be awarded at $1,000 per student for the 2024-2025 school year.

Eligible applicants or their parent(s) must reside within CPNRD boundaries which reach from Gothenburg to Columbus in Nebraska along the Platte River. Return applicants and recipients are eligible to apply. Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2024.

The NRD’s college scholarship program was implemented in 2007 and has awarded funds to 150 students. Download applications at or by contacting Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282 or email:

Eligible College Majors:

  • Agriculture: Business Representative, Engineer, Inspector, Agronomist, Applied Science/Diversified
  • Biologist
  • Engineer: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical
  • Conservationist, Resources Management
  • Natural Resources/Environmental Educator
  • Geographic Information Systems Specialist
  • Geology Engineering
  • Grazing Livestock System
  • Hydrologist, Hydrogeologist
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Rangeland Management
  • Soil Conservationist/ Soil Engineer
  • Vocational/Agriculture Educator
  • Water Resources Specialist
  • Other natural resources-related careers

Central Platte NRD is one of 23 separate Natural Resources Districts created by the Nebraska Legislature in 1972 to protect the state’s natural resources. CPNRD mission is to protect groundwater and surface water, reduce flood threats, conserve soil health, create and protect wildlife habitat, and educate children and adults to use natural resources wisely.