WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (December 1, 2020) Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) will award three $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2021 who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university.

The scholarships are in honor of three pioneers in Keep Iowa Beautiful's 20-year history:

Bob Byers Educator. Through Bob's leadership, KIB's Litter-Free School Campus program was started in NW Iowa. His dedication to young people and environmental concerns was a driving force encouraging young people to help improve their community.

William Fultz KIB Founding Board Member and artist. Bill started an advertising agency that became the largest agricultural advertising agency in the world.

Gerald Schnepf KIB Founding Executive Director. Gerry's career spanned 50 years of making Iowa a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

The Byers scholarship is supporting high-school students who plan to enroll and study environmental science, community-development, landscape architecture or architecture (historical emphasis), or community planning and sustainability.

The Schnepf scholarship will be awarded to a senior who has a record of community service and a desire to continue to support and contribute to the enhancement of the place they live and work. College programs could include community and regional planning and volunteer management.

The Fultz scholarship will be awarded to a senior planning on studying communications, public relations, and/or marketing.

"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 Kevin Techau, Keep Iowa Beautiful Executive Director.

Since the founding of the scholarship program, Keep Iowa Beautiful has awarded $48,000 to 58 students. Applications are due February 12, 2021 with notification in March.

For more information or to apply on-line go to: https://keepiowabeautiful.org/grants-awards/scholarship/.

About Keep Iowa Beautiful

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Governor Robert D Ray and Donald F Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The organization is 501c3 charitable organization working with citizens, neighborhoods, and communities in improving the vitality and cultural health of the state of Iowa. Keep Iowa Beautiful is helping build stronger communities to develop sustainable futures. Learn more at KeepIowaBeautiful.com.

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