November 20, 2017

Awards for Individuals

The awards program of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is designed to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in advocating the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources. These are not to be confused with Chapter Awards (found here).


The award category selection key will help you place
nomination in the awards category that best fits the nominee's accomplishments. Answer the questions sequentially until you are led to the appropriate award. Incorrectly placed nominations will not be considered for recognition.


The formal nomination questionnaire must be filled out for the appropriate award category and may be accompanied by supporting information. 


Some nominations require a signed petition accompany the awards nomination form.  You may upload these documents to the nomination form, scan and email the signed petition to awards@swcs.org, or fax it to 515-289-1227.  All forms of submission will receive a confirmation of receipt.


Additional information, if needed, may be obtained from the Society's headquarters office 515-289-2331 ext. 114 or your regional Awards Committee representative.


Click on the awards below for the criteria and nominating procedures. Award recipients will be announced at the Society's annual meeting, unless otherwise indicated.

2017-2018 individual award nominations are due by 11:59 PM Central on March 16, 2018.


Summary of Society Awards


I. Awards Available to Society Members


FellowRecognizes exceptional professional achievement coupled with service to the society

Number awarded: Up to 0.1% of members

Outstanding ServiceRecognizes distinguished service to the society over a long and sustained period (10 years minimum) Number awarded: Up to 0.1% of members
CommendationRecognizes members for service to their chapters (members having received other society awards are also eligible) Number awarded: Each chapter, council of chapters, society board member, or society officer may nominate no more than one member annually
Conservation ResearchRecognizes SWCS society members or teams of members whose research has led to exceptional improvements in soil conservation, water conservation, and/or related natural resources research.



II. Awards Available to Society Members and Nonmembers

Hugh Hammond Bennett—Recognizes exceptional service and extraordinary national and international accomplishments in the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources. Number awarded: One and only if a suitable candidate is nominated.
Harold-Kay Scholl Excellence in Conservation AwardRecognizes individuals who creatively and effectively provide technical assistance in conservation planning. The number and value of awards will depend on the annual income of the Scholl fund. Number awarded: One, and then only if a suitable candidate is nominated.
HonorRecognizes people for outstanding accomplishments compatible with society objectives Number awarded: Up to 10 each year
MeritRecognizes noteworthy conservation activity or products of organizations, agencies, or firms. Number awarded: As many as meet the criteria


Questions about SWCS awards? Contact awards@swcs.org or call 515-289-2331 ext. 114.


Chapter Awards & Scholarships

Looking for information on chapter awards or on scholarship opportunities? Click the following links for details.

Scholarships  Chapter Awards

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