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 ForestCounty.  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 ForestCounty 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.

             The Board is pleased to announce that scholarships will be available for qualified students.  The amount of the scholarship and the number of scholarships given will be determined by the Forest County Conservation District & Planning Department Board after April 15, and all of the scholarship applications are received.   This year again, the scholarship will not be based on what school you attend as long as you are a Forest County resident.  The scholarship will be available to persons who intend to enter the following fields or endeavors: Forestry & Wildlife Management, Forestry Science, Environmental Planning & Management, Agronomy/Agriculture, Forest & Earth Sciences, and Wood Industry Services, Surveying, or Teaching in a related field.  Applications are now being accepted.

            A brochure and application will be available to students by contacting Donna Lynn Zofcin at the Forest County Conservation District & Planning Department at 755-3450, by mail to 526 Elm Street, Box 4, Tionesta, PA 16353, or by email at  The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.

Russell M Smith Scholarship Application

Russell M Smith Scholarship Brochure