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 2016! Students across Iowa enrolling in an Iowa college or university to major in community enhancement or natural resources/environmental areas of study are eligible.

Applications for the 2017 scholarship must be submitted via email by 4:30 p.m. on January 6, 2017 (download application below for requirements and to apply).

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Apply for the 2017 Byers Environmental Scholarship - click to download application:

2017 Byers Environmental Scholarship Application 2017 Byers Environmental Scholarship Application (146 KB)

Recipients of the 2016 Keep Iowa Beautiful Environmental Scholarships:

Emily Hugen
of Monroe
Iowa State University

Theresa Brehm
of Durango
Iowa State University

 Rebecca Roberson
from Akron
Iowa State University
Sage Hassel
of Johnston
University of Iowa
Carissa Moyna
of Elkader
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 will be presented by Governor Terry Branstad on March 31 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, Keep Iowa Beautiful executive director.

In 2007, family and friends of Robert (Bob) Byers established a scholarship fund in his memory through Keep Iowa Beautiful, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing litter and promoting community enhancement across the state. Through Bob’s leadership, Keep Iowa Beautiful'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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