Keep Iowa Beautiful to award five scholarships

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Keep Iowa Beautiful will award five $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2018. 

Students who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university to study environmental science, community development, landscape architecture or architecture (historical emphasis) or community planning and sustainability are eligible to apply.  

“KIB seeks to foster positive values in younger generations and reinforce them in older generations. We encourage respect for home, neighborhood, community and state,” said Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director.  “KIB serves as a key resource for educating youth on the importance of environmental stewardship and community betterment.” 

Through the leadership of Bob Byers, KIB’s Litter-Free School Campus program was initiated in northwest Iowa in 2003. In memory of Byer’s dedication to young people and environmental concerns, KIB and the Byers family established the Byers Environmental Scholarship Fund in 2009.  “My dad recognized from the beginning that Keep Iowa Beautiful encourages youthful idealism and fosters service to community.

This scholarship program is a great tribute to him,” said Jay Byers.    For more information or to apply on-line go to  Applications are due January 5, 2018 with notification in March.  All award recipients will be invited to a ceremony in the Governor’s Office in Des Moines in April.