RUSSELL M. SMITH SCHOLARSHIP
In keeping with that philosophy, the Conservation District & Planning Department in 2006 created a scholarship. The Russell M. Smith Scholarship is aimed at students who desire to work in the conservation fields of study. Mr. Smith was a charter member of the County Planning Commission as well as the Penn State Extension agent for 39 years. His work in Forest County included many education efforts and conservation related activities. His civic activity should be an inspiration to every citizen as well as an example to follow. The members of the Board of the Forest County Conservation District & Planning Department believe that honoring the memory of Mr. Smith by way of a Scholarship is most appropriate.
On May 28, 2020, The Forest County Conservation District & Planning Department awarded four $1,500.00 scholarships. They were awarded to: Belle Julbilee Ralston, Morgan Jennifer Miller, Bryce Lee Byers, and Daniel C Parrett. The Scholarships were not awarded in person this year due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. The Scholarship is awarded to students from Forest County committed to furthering their education in a conservation field.
The goal of conserving natural resources was Russell M Smith's passion and so the Board decided that any Forest County student intending to pursue fields of study including Forestry & Wildlife management, Forestry Science, Environmental Planning and Management, Surveying, Agronomy/Agriculture, Forest & Earth Sciences, Wood Industry Services, or Teaching in a related field deserved aid by way of the scholarship.
Daniel C Parrett, son of Randall & Jane Parrett, will receive $1,500 toward tuition at Clarion University, where he is studying Environmental Biology. This is the second Russell M Smith Scholarship that Daniel has received.
Bryce Lee Byers, son of Erick & Rhonda Byers, will receive $1,500 toward tuition at Penn State-Behrend, where he will study Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Belle Jubilee Ralston, daughter of Kent & Sheri Ralston, will receive $1,500 toward tuition at Clarion University, where she will study Environmental Biology.
Morgan Jennifer Miller, daughter of Daniel & Jennifer Miller, will receive $1,500 toward tuition at Slippery Rock University where she will study Biology and Histotechnology.
The Forest County Conservation District & Planning Board congratulates Daniel C Parrett, Bryce Lee Byers, Belle Jubilee Ralston, and Morgan Jennifer Miller, and wishes them the best success in their schooling and future careers.
Russell M Smith Scholarship Application