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William J. Paris Conservation Scholarship

2016 Winner: Eli Sents hales from Columbus Junction, Ia.  This is the second time Eli was chosen to be the Paris Scholarship recipient.  His dedication to conservation in the field of agriculture is commendable.  Eli is currently attending Iowa State University, majoring is Agricultural Systems Technology with a minor in Agronomy and Leadership Studies.  He is set to graduate in the Spring of 2018.  Eli is the son of Steve and Melissa Sents.

William (Bill) Paris was a lifelong resident, farmer and sportsman of Louisa County who had a deep appreciation for the area's natural resources.  Following Bill's death in 2009, his family chose to recognize Bill's life and his commitment to conservation by establishing the William J. Paris Conservation Scholarship.  Bill's family decided to "honor a life dedicated to conservation with a scholarship that will support educational opportunities focused on prudent management of natural resourced and good land stewardship." This scholarship will provide financial support to Louisa County students who share Bill's commitment and appreciation of natural resources/conservation.

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a Louisa County high school graduate or Louisa County resident planning to attend an Iowa college, university or technical school.  Applicants who are pursuing a degree in education, conservation or natural resources are eligible to apply.  Scholarships may be awarded for graduate or post graduate degrees.

The Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation Board of Directors reviews applications and selects the recipient.

Applications must be completed and submitted by March 15, 2017. Submit the application via email.  No hard copies are needed.

Click here to download an on line application.  This application can be filled out and emailed to: Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation at

For more information or questions please contact Don Kline at phone 319-653-5395 or