Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship

IMG_0377Warren County Conservation District Associate Director Richard Smith presented the 2017 Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship to Cody McMillen. Cody will be entering his senior  year at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford finishing his major in Environmental Studies and minor in Environmental Science, Biology, and Geology.  The Conservation District awards the Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship each year to a deserving Warren County student pursuing a conservation related degree.

This scholarship is named for Ralph Eckert, who served in the Soil Conservation Service in Warren County, PA from 1950-1966.  A Penn State graduate in Forestry, Mr. Eckert devoted his entire life to conservation issues.  He was a frequent lecturer and instructor of youth on proper stewardship of our natural resources.  He was also active in the Boy Scout movement, wrote columns for the local newspaper, and contributed articles to Outdoor magazine.  In addition, Mr. Eckert was instrumental in planning and developing the Outdoor Ecology Lab at Eisenhower High School in Russell, PA.  The Warren County Conservation District is proud to offer this scholarship in his name, to promote the love of the outdoors, the conservation of the environment, and wise management of natural resources through education.

The Ralph G. Eckert Scholarship has been awarded annually since 1973 by the Warren County Conservation District to a deserving Warren County, Pennsylvania student planning to continue her/his education in a conservation related field or service.

This would be a career choice that would directly serve the goal of conserving our natural resources.

Below is a list of degrees to illustrate some examples:

Forestry                                                   Biology

Wildlife Management                               Natural Sciences

Environmental Planning                          Environmental Engineering

Agronomy                                               Soil Science

Earth Science

The scholarship is a dedicated fund designed to provide for the immediate needs of Warren County students pursuing careers in conservation related fields, at the same time providing for the future needs of all Warren County residents by conserving our environment through education and service.

Donations to the Eckert Scholarship fund are accepted from environmentally concerned citizens at:

Warren County Conservation District

4000 Conewango Avenue, Warren, PA 16365  


 Warren County Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs

Blake Ristau and Tanner Leichtenburger received 2017 Warren County Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs scholarships in addition to Roger Dunham who received a 2017 Cornplanter Rod & Gun Club Memorial scholarship.

Blake is a 2017 graduate of Warren Area High School and will be attending California University of Pennsylvania majoring in Wildlife Biology. Tanner is a 2017 graduate of Sheffield Area Middle/High School and will be attending Pennsylvania College of Technology to major in Landscaping/Horticulture Technology.  Roger is also a 2017 graduate of Sheffield Area Middle/High School and will be attending Pennsylvania College of Technology to major in Civil Engineering.

Pictured left to right are Warren County Conservation District Associate Director Richard Smith and Roger Dunham. Missing from the photo are Blake Ristau and Tanner Leichtenburger.

2018 scholarship applications are available.  Application Deadline is May 1st.

Eckert Scholarship Application

Warren County Sportsmens Clubs Scholarship Application