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Howard Wood Scholarship

ESLC Announces 2011 Scholarship Winner, Opens 2012 Application Period

Queenstown, Maryland – August 25, 2011 – Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) announced the first ever recipient of its Howard Wood Memorial Scholarship. Blake Holliday, a resident of East New Market, was recently awarded the $1,000 scholarship at a small awards ceremony held at ESLC’s Queenstown Office.  The Scholarship honors a founding board member of ESLC – Howard Wood- who was committed to maintaining the Eastern Shore’s rich rural and agricultural legacy.

 “I really am honored,” said Holliday, a Chesapeake College student who plans to attend the University of Maryland in 2012. “I appreciate it especially with how the economy is. I hope I can make Mr. Wood proud – I’ll do my best.”

 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 2012 scholarship. 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 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 by clicking here.  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.

 “Young people like Blake 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 his education.” said ESLC’s Executive Director Rob Etgen. “We hope this scholarship will help assure the Shore’s rural legacy that was so important to Howard is maintained for future generations.”

 Scholarship applications are due by December 31. Applications will be judged by a panel in January and one scholarship recipient will be selected and announced in 2012.

 For more information about the scholarship program, contact Eastern Shore Land Conservancy at www.eslc.org.

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