The Honor Award recognizes people, usually nonmembers of the Society or lay members of the Society, for outstanding accomplishments compatible with the mission of the Society.


Application and supporting documents are due by 11:59 PM Central on March 16, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.


  • SWCS members and nonmembers are eligible.

  • A nominee's outstanding accomplishments must be widely recognized by leaders in soil and water conservation and/or related fields.

  • The nominee's influence or position should have materially stimulated interest in and advanced the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources through one or more of the following fields: author, speaker, educator, administrator, industry, business, banking, soil conservation district, profession (lawyer, doctor, minister, etc.), and nonpartisan political activity.

  • The nominee's activity shall have been of a voluntary nature and not part of his or her normal working duties.

  • The nominee's political activities can in no way be construed to reflect a partisan attitude on the part of the Society.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations shall be made by submitting the nomination questionnaire and any information requested in the nomination questionnaire.

​Nomination may be made on behalf of SWCS chapters only.

The nomination questionnaire and any additional supporting documents should include details on the extent and scope of nominee's contributions, on any assistance the nominee has given the parent Society or a chapter, how the nominee's professional role relates to his or her conservation activities, and other pertinent information. Omit reference to family, church, military, political, or social activities unless they relate specifically  to the nominee's conservation activities. 

Nomination Questionnaire

The nomination questionnaire can be filled out and submitted electronically. Please contact if you are interested in a hard copy of the nomination questionnaire. 

All supplemental materials can be uploaded during the online nomination process or materials can be emailed to, faxed to (515) 289-1227, or mailed to:

Soil and Water Conservation Society
Attn: Awards
945 SW Ankeny Road
Ankeny, IA 50023


The Awards Committee will evaluate and rank nominees. Recommendations will be presented to the Board of Directors for final approval. The award will be presented at the annual meeting or elsewhere as designated by the Board. No more than 10 Honor Awards will be presented annually.


Contact (515) 289-2331 ext. 114 or email