Resource Conservation Workshop

Resource Conservation Workshop is a five-day summer intensive for rising 11 and 12-grade students with an interest in agriculture or natural resources- soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry, and more. The 2022 workshop will be hosted at NC State University from June 26 through July 1.

Gaston County provides scholarships for two students to cover the full cost of the workshop each year. Applications should be emailed to Erin Hines by April 30, 2022. Previous attendees will not be eligible to participate.

View the Resource Conservation Workshop website.

View the Resource Conservation Workshop Application (PDF).

The workshop provides a unique experience for students to be exposed to natural resources and related careers and advanced conservation concepts. At the conclusion of the workshop, students are tested on their knowledge, and top scorers are awarded cash prizes or scholarships. Students with top scores on the review test will receive monetary awards:

  • 1st place $100 in cash plus a $500 scholarship
  • 2nd place $100 in cash plus a $275 scholarship
  • 3rd place $100 in cash
  • 4th place $75 in cash
  • 5th place $50 in cash

In addition, the following scholarships are also offered:

  • NC District Employees Association Scholarship, $1000 received when the student enrolls in college, based on student achievement, counselor recommendation, and interviews.
  • Grady Lane Scholarship $500, received when the student enrolls in college, plus $100 in cash, based on student achievement, counselor recommendation, and interviews.