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October 07, 2008   Email to Friend 

ALABAMA NRCS SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
October 07, 2008

From left (front row) are: Dr. Walter Hill, dean of Tuskegee University's College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences; Gary Kobylski, state conservationist; Demetrius Johnson, scholarship recipient; back row: Lenora Haynes, USDA liaison to Tuskegee University; Richard Collier, assistant state conservationist for field operations; Julie Yates, state public affairs specialist; Zona Beaty, assistant state conservationist for operations; and Alice Love, soil conservationist.
TUSKEGEE, Ala. -- Tuskegee University and the Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have joined together through a cooperative agreement to provide scholarships for students studying in fields related to natural resource conservation.

The cooperative agreement establishes two scholarships that may be awarded for up to four years each. Recipients of the scholarships will be students pursuing degrees related to conservation, such as agronomy, forestry or soil science, and they will have the opportunity to work with NRCS staff during their summers off.

NRCS State Conservationist Gary Kobylski recently met with Dr. Walter Hill, Dean of Tuskegee University's College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences, to further discuss the agreement and to meet the first scholarship recipient, Demetrius Johnson. Johnson, a sophomore from Greene County, is studying plant and soil science and expressed an interest in being a soil scientist or soil conservationist with NRCS upon graduation.

According to the agreement, the recruitment of minority scholars in natural resource conservation studies and closely related fields in the natural sciences will further develop NRCS's commitment to historically black colleges and universities while providing educational, mentoring and summer training opportunities for aspiring scholars.

"It's our hope that we can help students like Demetrius pursue both an education and a career in natural resource conservation," said Kobylski, "and, of course, we hope they'll want to work with the NRCS upon graduation."


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