Byers Environmental Scholarship

In Memory of Robert E. Byers, Educator

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

KIB is excited to award up to five (5), $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2015! Students across Iowa enrolling in an Iowa college or university to major in community enhancement or environmental areas of study are eligible.

Applications must be submitted via email by 4:30 p.m. on January 8, 2016 (download application below for requirements and to apply).

Donate to this Scholarship! Contact us at (515) 323-6507.

Apply for the 2016 Byers Environmental Scholarship - click to download application:

2016 Byers Scholarship Application 2016 Byers Scholarship Application (144 KB)

Recipients of the 2015 Keep Iowa Beautiful Environmental Scholarships:

Dylan Schrock  Ryan Vogt
 Stacy Weets
Trenton Bacus Joseph Jennings
  • Dylan Schrock of Kalona attending Kirkwood Community College
  • Ryan Vogt of Charter Oak attending Iowa State University
  • Stacy Weets of Mechanicsville attending Iowa State University
  • Trenton Bacus of Bussey attending Indian Hills Community College
  • Joseph Jennings of Iowa City attending the University of Iowa

Each student will received a $1,000 to use toward college expenses in environmental studies. Students were selected based upon their academic achievement and community service. Awards were presented by Governor Terry Branstad last March at the State Capitol.

“It is critical that we encourage and support the youth of our State to better understand and to provide a long-term commitment to our environment, the beauty of our natural resources and countryside, and their importance in our lives in building pride and respect,” said Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director.

In 2007, family and friends of Robert (Bob) Byers established a scholarship fund in his memory through KIB, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing litter and promoting community enhancement across the state. Through Bob’s leadership, KIB's "Litter-Free School Campus" program was initiated in northwest Iowa in 2003.

“My dad recognized from the beginning that Keep Iowa Beautiful serves as a key resource for educating youth on the importance of respect for the community and our environment,” said Jay Byers, son of Bob Byers.

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