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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers.

Its name was changed in 1994 during the Presidency of Bill Clinton to reflect its broader mission. It is a relatively small agency, currently comprising about 12,000 employees. Its mission is to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources on private lands through a cooperative partnership with local and state agencies. While its primary focus has been agricultural lands, it has made many technical contributions to soil surveying, classification and water quality improvement. One example is the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP), set up to quantify the benefits of agricultural conservation efforts promoted and supported by programs in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill). NRCS is the leading agency in this project.

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Matching Natural Resources Conservation Colleges

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Duke University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $40,665 average out-state tuition; $40,665 average in-state tuition
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Four or more years; Public; $37,588 average out-state tuition; $12,440 average in-state tuition
University of California-Berkeley
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
Cornell University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $41,325 average out-state tuition; $41,325 average in-state tuition
Finger Lakes Community College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $6,968 average out-state tuition; $3,484 average in-state tuition
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Four or more years; Public; $18,533 average out-state tuition; $6,248 average in-state tuition
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $25,380 average out-state tuition; $12,060 average in-state tuition

Natural Resources Conservation Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Monsanto STEM Fellowship Up to $50,000 May 01, 2017
Jacobs Family New Bedford High School Scholarship Up to $35,000 April 01, 2017
Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship Up to $25,000 May 01, 2017
Foresters' Fund Up to $5,000 June 15, 2017
Better Together STEM Scholarship $5,000 March 31, 2017
Howard Baker Foundation General Scholarship Up to $4,000 March 31, 2017
Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Scholarship $3,500 April 03, 2017
North Carolina A&T Matching Scholarship $3,000 April 14, 2017
FIRST Scholarship - University of Portland $3,000 April 01, 2017
Women In STEM Scholarship $3,000 April 15, 2017