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2013 Deadline for Howard Wood Scholarship Announced

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) is accepting applications for the Howard Wood Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship honoring a founding board member of ESLC – Howard Wood – who was committed to maintaining the Eastern Shore’s rich rural and agricultural legacy.

The Howard Wood Scholarship was established by the family of the Mr. Wood to honor his lifelong commitment to youth, conservation and the Eastern Shore’s rich rural heritage. ESLC is currently accepting applications for the 2013 scholarship. The scholarship application is open to high school seniors who intend to pursue careers in agriculture, land use planning, alternative energy planning or other conservation related fields. The opportunity is open to residents of the six counties ESLC serves – Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. Applications are available on ESLC’s website, or may be requested via phone. To apply, applicants should fill out an application, provide a transcript and submit a 500-word original essay describing their response to the following question:

Consider the Eastern Shore in the next 25 years – what is your vision for the Shore? What will you do to ensure that the Eastern Shore remains a unique, rural gem long into the future? Please include your academic plans, career aspirations and future goals when responding to this question.

Scholarship applications are due by March 29, 2013. Applications will be reviewed by family members of Howard Wood. One scholarship recipient will be selected, and the winner will be announced in May 2013.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Sassafras Environmental Education Center at jbelanger@eslc.org
or (410) 348–5214.

About the Howard Wood Memorial Scholarship
Howard Wood spent summers at his grandmother’s farm crabbing, sailing and swimming if the jellyfish weren’t too thick. He helped with chores and learned to drive her Model T pick-up. After college and law school, Howard decided to live year round at Indiantown – the farm next door to his grandmother’s – and opened his law office in Centreville. He soon became aware that the increasing urbanization of the Shore threatened the livelihood of many of his clients – farmers and watermen – as well as the natural and fertile beauty of the area he loved so much. Howard spent many volunteer hours working with the Maryland Environmental Trust and was a founding Board member of ESLC. He helped many neighbors, clients and friends place conservation easements on their land. The Wood Family has established this scholarship in Howard’s memory and feel that helping a student interested in a career in conservation continue or start their education would honor his legacy.

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