Keep Iowa Beautiful will award five $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2019. Four scholarships will be awarded to students who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university to study environmental science, community development, landscape architecture or architecture (historical emphasis) or community planning and sustainability are eligible to apply. 

A fifth scholarship will be awarded to a senior planning on studying communications, public relations and/or marketing. This scholarship is in honor of William J. Fultz, long time KIB founding Board member and artist. Bill served as Chairman of CMF&Z that was acquired by Young & Rubicam and became the largest agricultural advertising agency in the world. 

"KIB seeks to foster positive values in younger generations and reinforce them in older generations. We encourage respect for home, neighborhood, community and state," said Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director. "KIB serves as a key resource for educating youth on the importance of environmental stewardship and community betterment." 

Through the leadership of Bob Byers, KIB's Litter-Free School Campus program was initiated in northwest Iowa in 2003. In memory of Byer's dedication to young people and environmental concerns, KIB and the Byers family established the Byers Environmental Scholarship Fund in 2009. "My dad recognized from the beginning that Keep Iowa Beautiful encourages youthful idealism and fosters service to community. This scholarship program is a great tribute to him," said Jay Byers.

For more information or to apply on-line go to www.keepiowabeautiful.com/grants/byers Applications are due January 4, 2019 with notification in March. All award recipients will be invited to a ceremony in the Governor's Office in Des Moines in March/April. 

About Keep Iowa Beautiful
Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Governor Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The organization is 501c3 charitable organization working with citizens, neighborhoods and communities in improving the vitality and cultural health of the state of Iowa. Keep Iowa Beautiful is helping build stronger communities to develop sustainable futures. Learn more at KeepIowaBeautiful.com

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