Keep Iowa Beautiful Scholarship Essay

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Keep Iowa Beautiful will award five $1,000 to Iowa high school seniors in 2017 in memory of Robert Byers, teacher and environmentalist.  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.”

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 6, 2017 with notification in March.  All award recipients will be invited to a ceremony in the Governor’s Office in Des Moines in April.   

About Keep Iowa Beautiful

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Co-Founders Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.   It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods and communities in improving the economic vitality and cultural health of our State.  KIB empowers Iowan’s to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live.  For additional information, visit

Byers Scholarship

Through the leadership of Bob Byers, Keep Iowa Beautiful’s Litter-Free School Campus program was initiated in northwest Iowa in 2003. In memory of Bob and his dedication to our organization, Keep Iowa Beautiful and the Byers family have established the Robert E. Byers Scholarship Fund within the Keep Iowa Beautiful Endowment Fund.

Keep Iowa Beautiful is excited to award up to five (5), $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2018! Students across Iowa enrolling in an Iowa college or university to major in community enhancement or natural resources/environmental areas of study are eligible.

Donate to This Scholarship! Contact Beth Hicks

Application submissions for the 2018 scholarships is closed. Good luck to the applicants! The 2018 scholarship recipients will be announced soon.

View the 2017 Byers Scholarship recipients

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