BSEACD Scholarship Contests Open

$2,500, $625, and $150 scholarships for high school juniors/seniors and for grade school (9-15 yr olds)!  The Aquifer District, in collaboration with our permittees, offers college and camp scholarships each year. Applications are due the Tuesday after Spring Break–March 24th by 5:00pm!  Spring Break is a perfect time for students to work on groundwater-related research.  Please pass this info along to interested students.

Scholarship Programs

Many thanks to Centex Materials, Creedmoor Water Supply, Texas Lehigh Cement Company, St. Andrews Episcopal School, City of Hays – Elliott Ranch, and Goforth Special Utility District for donating a portion of their Conservation Credits to support these scholarship programs.  We are able to have a wonderful awards program this year!!  Here are the details for both programs…. please pass along to any students that may be interested!

2015 Aquatic Science Adventure Summer Camp Scholarships

Students ages 9 through 15 years old

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Scholarship amounts:  $625 or $150, depending on length of camp

The District is now soliciting applications and essays for its 2015 Camp Scholarship program for the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center’s Aquatic Science Adventure Camp through Tuesday, March 24, 2015. We estimate this year’s program will provide:

  • $625 scholarships to the week-long Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: Parent will be responsible for providing $150 camp deposit fee, which will be needed to hold the child’s spot.)
  • $150 scholarships to the 2-Day Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: All $150 will be paid for by BSEACD.)

The Camp scholarship contest is open to children ages 9 through 15 who reside in one of the six school districts within the District’s boundaries.  Interested students must submit an application and a 1-page essay/artwork entitled “Why I want to attend the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp!”  Scholarship winners will be chosen in a random drawing; only completed applications with essays/artwork will be eligible. Deadline for submissions: 5:00p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.   

Both English and Spanish application packets available here:

2015 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest

High school juniors and seniors

Application deadline:  March 24, 2015

Scholarship amount:  $2,500

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) is now soliciting applications and essays for the 2015 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest through Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The essay contest is open to high school juniors, seniors, and immediate graduates. Students must reside in one of the six school districts overlapping the District boundary. These six independent school districts are: Austin, Eanes, Dripping Springs, Hays Consolidated, Del Valle, and Lockhart.

One essay will be selected as the winning entry by an independent evaluation panel, and the author will receive a $2,500 scholarship to the college, community college, or training institution of his/her choice.

Essays must generally discuss groundwater issues, which may include but are not limited to:

• non-point source pollution

• pollution prevention

• water conservation

• hydrogeology

While essays must focus on groundwater issues, applicants do not have to be planning a career path in a water-related field.  Deadline for submissions: 5:00p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.


2015 Groundwater Essay Contest application form and rules available here: