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ESLC Announces Howard Wood Memorial Scholarship

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) will offer an annual $1,000 scholarship to an Eastern Shore student who will be attending college.

The new Howard Wood Memorial Scholarship honors a founding board member of ESLC. The scholarship application is open to anyone looking to pursue a career in agriculture, land use planning alternative energy planning or other conservation related field.

The scholarship competition is open to those who are residents of the six counties ESLC serves -Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. Applications are available via ESLC’s website. To apply, applicants should fill out an application, provide a high school or college 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 assure the Eastern Shore remains the rural gem and special place that it is for the future?” Please include your academic plans, career aspirations and future goals when responding to this question.

“Our young people are the key to the Shore’s future and we are so grateful to the Wood family for this generous gift to help a local youth further their education in conservation.” said ESLC’s Executive Director Rob Etgen. “We hope this scholarship will help assure that the Shore’s rural legacy that was so important to Howard is maintained for future generations.”

Scholarship applications are due by December 31.

Click here to download and print an application.

Applications will be judged by a panel in January and one scholarship recipient will be selected and announced in late Winter 2011.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact Kristine George at 410.827.9756 ext. 165 or kgeorge@eslc.org.
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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