The Ora E. Anderson Scholarship
The Ora E. Anderson Scholarship was established to honor Ora Eaton Anderson, in memory of his lifelong contributions toward the conservation and protection of Appalachian Ohio’s natural environment. Throughout his life, Anderson leveraged the perspective and passion he gained as a young reporter, documenting the development of the region’s forests to create educational environmental experiences for others.
Through poems, essays, wood carvings and a variety of civic contributions, Anderson led unprecedented collaborations and inspired people from all walks of life to appreciate and care for Appalachian Ohio’s landscape. Over his lifetime, Ora planted tens of thousands of trees, promoted conservation education and pursued his love of nature and the arts as an essayist, artist and advocate.
Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:
- Must be a graduating high school senior or possess a GED, and currently live and attend school within one of the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio.
- Plan to pursue post-secondary studies associated with the natural sciences, including but not limited to: forest and wildlife management; environmental restoration; natural and historical interpretation; ecotourism; and/or related-disciplines associated with broadly protecting plants, animals and the environment.
- Candidates who demonstrate overall commitment to environmental protection and conservation will be considered; ethical character, extracurricular activities, volunteerism and financial need will also be evaluated.
- Academic performance will be considered, but the potential for success as evidenced by an individual’s commitment, interest and desire to achieve educational goals in the field of environmental sciences and/or conservation will be carefully considered.
- Recipients must show proof of acceptance at an accredited vocational school, college or university.
Scholarship awards and amounts vary annually, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for the purposes and expenses associated with tuition, fees, textbooks, and required supplies and equipment.