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), $1000 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 4:30pm on January 15, 2015 (download application below for requirements and to apply).

To make a donation to the Byers Environmental Scholarship fund contact KIB at 515-323-6507.

Apply for the 2015 Byers Environmental Scholarship - click to download application:

2015 Byers Scholarship Application 2015 Byers Scholarship Application (143 KB)

Recipients of the 2014 Keep Iowa Beautiful Environmental Scholarships:

 Jackson Hendricks
 Zoey Mauck
 Coy Moore
 
Elijah Sents Garret Taylor


  • Jackson Hendricks of Clarksville attending Luther College
  • Zoey Mauck of Des Moines attending Iowa State University
  • Coy Moore of Hamilton attending Upper Iowa or Simpson College
  • Elijah Sents of Columbus City attending Iowa State University
  • Garret Taylor of Creston attending Iowa State University

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 on March 13, 2014 at 2:00pm 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.