Scholarships Available-Jr/Sr College Students

Junior and senior college students pursuing a degree in natural resources are encouraged to apply for the CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Program. The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) will award five college students scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The District ranks applicants on their qualifications and essay questions.  Students must be a junior, senior, or 5th-year college student. The applicant or their parent(s) must reside within CPNRD boundaries; which reach from Gothenburg to Columbus along the Platte River.
Some of the careers that qualify:
-Agriculture: Business Rep, Engineer, Inspector, Agronomist, Applied Science/Diversified
-Engineer: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical
-Conservationist, Resources Management
-Environmental Educator
-Geographic Information Systems Specialist
-Geology Engineering
-Grazing Livestock System
-Hydrologist, Hydrogeologist
-Mechanized Systems/Soil & Water Conservation
-Rangeland Management
-Soil Conservationist/ Soil Engineer
-Vocational/Agriculture Educator
-Water Resources Specialist
-Other related careers

The application deadline is April 15, 2018. Applications are available on the CPNRD website at:|Teacher Resources or by contacting Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282 or email:

Central Platte NRD is one of 23 Natural Resources Districts created by the Nebraska Legislature in 1972 to protect the state’s natural resources.  The CPNRD strives to protect groundwater and surface water, reduce flood threats, conserve soil health, create and protect wildlife habitat, and educate children and adults to use natural resources wisely.