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Dave Ferguson Scholarship

Once again, it is time to get out there and promote the annual AACD Dave Ferguson Scholarship Contest! The topic this year is “One Water"

Scholarships will be awarded for 1st Place - $1,000; 2nd Place - $500 by AACD. 

Below you will find important information regarding the 2022-2023 scholarship contest. Each document is designed to be copied and adapted for your own use. 

  • A suggested letter to inform your community of the availability of the scholarship. Just fill in the name of your district and phone number, and send entry forms to High School Counselors, 4-H Leaders, FBLA Sponsors, FFA Sponsors, Scout Leaders, and your County Extension Agents. Try to get these to the schools at the very beginning of the year for the best results.

  • A sample for a radio script or newspaper release. Be sure to fill in the blanks and add a contact person's name, phone number, and the district name at the top. Local radio stations are always looking for this type of information. Go ahead and take a copy by the station. You might be surprised at the results.

  • The entry form. The rules of the contest are included in the information the student certifies by signing the entry form. The scholarship applicants must live in the district, have a GPA of at least 2.5, and intend to follow a conservation related major at an Arkansas college or university. With the entry they are required to include two letters of recommendation, a minimum 750-word essay and two photos in support of your essay.

  • A list of frequently asked questions

Please contact AACD at (501) 734-8133 if you have any additional questions.


Important Dates to Remember

February 17, 2023 – Deadline for applications to be received in District Offices

  • Student essays should be submitted to their local conservation district.

April 21, 2023 – Deadline for applications to be received by the Area Presidents

  • District must choose one winning essay and submit to their Area Presidents

June 16, 2023 – Deadline for Area Winners to be received in the AACD State Office

  • Area winners are submitted to AACD - one winner per Area

Mail entries to the following address:

Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
8100 Bicentennial Road
North Little Rock, AR  72118


Area Winners essays can be emailed to

July 2023 – Winners to be judged and announced prior to August 2023




The Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
8100 Bicentennial Road
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118
Telephone (501) 734-8133