Russel M Smith Scholarship


             The Forest County Conservation District & Planning Department has placed a high priority on conservation education.  Through a variety of programs and annual activities the District continues to promote conservation, that is, “the wise use of natural resources.” 

             Conservation recognizes that human beings need raw materials found in the environment and that human beings need to use those raw materials in a wise manner to assure that waste and negligence do not occur.  For over a decade, the efforts of the FCCD&P have focused on a proper approach to the natural world found in Forest County.  That approach includes the needs of human beings as well as the needs of nature. 

             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 April 28, 2022, The Forest County Conservation District & Planning Department awarded one $2,500.00 scholarship.  It was awarded to Ryan J. Parrett, 2022 Graduate from East Forest High School.  The Scholarship was awarded at the East Forest Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2022 by Forest County Conservation District & Planning Department Board Director, Leonard Hetrick.  The Scholarship is awarded to students from Forest County committed to furthering their education in a conservation field.     

          Ryan J Parrett, son of Randall & Jane Parrett, will receive $2,500 toward tuition at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he is studying Forest Technology.

          The Forest County Conservation District & Planning Board congratulates Ryan J Parrett and wishes him the best success in his schooling and future career.



Russell M Smith Scholarship Application