The Land Conservancy’s Scholarship Program awards two Scholarships annually, the Russell W. Myers Scholarship and the Rogers Family Scholarship.
The Russell W. Myers Scholarship Fund was established in 1983 to honor Mr. Myers, the founder of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, and the first scholarship was issued the following year. Mr. Myers was an outstanding leader in the field of conservation who served as the first Director of the Morris County Park Commission for more than a quarter century. His dynamic leadership established the Morris County Park System as the largest county park system in the State of New Jersey and one of the finest in the nation.
The Rogers Family Scholarship was established in 2005 by Gray and Mollie Rogers, dedicated conservationists who wanted to expand The Land Conservancy’s educational support for outstanding environmentally-oriented students. The Rogers family developed a challenge to help raise additional funds for the scholarships. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of the Rogers family the grants given by The Land Conservancy’s Scholarship program have tripled.
The Scholarship Program is administered by the Board of Trustees of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey. Payment of the scholarship is made directly to the institution that the successful candidate attends. Applications for 2019 are available now and must be postmarked by April 1.
Established in 2000, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey’s Internship Program has served as an essential component of our Education Program helping to fulfill our mission of educating the next generation of environmental leaders.
Since the program started, The Land Conservancy has worked with more than 85 interns from colleges and universities throughout the United States. Our interns have come to us from a wide variety of majors and areas of study, but they all bring a passion for the outdoors and commitment to land preservation and stewardship. Interns have worked in all of our program areas and gain practical experience through hands-on work, assisting in current projects, under the supervision of our skilled staff members. We host interns throughout the year, and the length of time they spend with The Land Conservancy is dependent upon their academic schedule and the needs of our office. Up until 2007, our interns were volunteers working for academic credit and/or service hours to fulfill their respective graduation requirements.
In 2005, The Land Conservancy lost a beloved friend and former Trustee, Richard M. “Dick” Sargent. After his passing, his family and friends approached The Land Conservancy to establish a program in his memory to honor his conservation legacy. In 2007, we created The Richard M. Sargent, Jr. Internship Award which is presented to one outstanding intern each year.