Johnston County, North Carolina
With generous sponsorship from United Community Bank, the Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District awarded the 2019 Resource Conservation Workshop Scholarship to Georgia Smith, a rising senior at Clayton High School. Georgia will join 100 other high school students from across the state to attend the weeklong environmental Resource Conservation Workshop on the North Carolina State University campus this summer. The program includes hands-on participation in a wide range of conservation topics and exposes high school students to career opportunities in natural resources management. During the week, students will tour a water-treatment plant, learn watershed management tools, visit Clemmons Educational State Forest, see some of the University's conservation and research projects, and meet with representatives from various natural resource management agencies. Students will take an exam at the end of the week to assess what they have learned during the week and compete for college scholarships. United Community Bank has been a longtime sponsor of the Resource Conservation Workshop scholarship. This has enabled many Johnston County high school students to develop their career interests, pursue educational goals and receive scholarships for higher education. The experience from the Resource Conservation Workshop provides students the opportunity to learn about various career paths, make lifelong friendships and enhance their career potential. The Resource Conservation Workshop is in its 56th year and is a program partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, NC State University, the NCDA&CS Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.