Bob Byers

Keep Iowa Beautiful will award five $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2019.

Bob Byers Environmental Scholarship

Four scholarships will be awarded to students who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university to study environmental science, community development, landscape architecture or architecture (historical emphasis) or community planning and sustainability are eligible to apply.

These four scholarships honor Bob Byers whose leadership initiated KIB’s Litter-Free School Campus program in northwest Iowa in 2003. In memory of Byer’s dedication to young people and environmental concerns, KIB and the Byers family established the Byers Environmental Scholarship Fund in 2009. “My dad recognized from the beginning that Keep Iowa Beautiful encourages youthful idealism and fosters service to community. This scholarship program is a great tribute to him,” said Jay Byers.

William J. Fultz Communications & Marketing Scholarship

A fifth scholarship will be awarded to a senior planning on studying communications, public relations and/or marketing. This scholarship is in honor of William J. Fultz, long time KIB founding Board member and artist. Bill served as Chairman of CMF&Z that was acquired by Young & Rubicam that became the largest agricultural advertising & public relations agency in the world.

“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 Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director. “KIB serves as a key resource for educating youth on the importance of environmental stewardship and community betterment.”

To apply – please fill out the application below. Applications are due January 4, 2019 with notification in early March. All award recipients will be invited to a ceremony in the Governor’s Office in Des Moines in March.

You can also donate to this scholarship! Contact Beth Hicks (

View the 2018 Byers Scholarship recipients

Scholarship Application

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  • FOR YOUR ESSAY, CLEARLY EXPLAIN: 1) Why you are applying for this scholarship 2) How you plan to use it in your college study 3) How you have developed these goals through high school 4) What you have done, are doing and plan to do for community enhancement and/or the environment – identify any Keep Iowa Beautiful programs you might have been involved with.
  • I hereby certify that the information I have submitted as correct. I authorize the release of this information to members of the Keep Iowa Beautiful Scholarship Committee and will provide additional information or verification upon request. If granted the scholarship, I agree to the publication of my name and likeness by Keep Iowa Beautiful. I agree to the conditions established for this scholarship award by Keep Iowa Beautiful. I understand that this scholarship award is contingent upon the financial support of Keep Iowa Beautiful; and that Keep Iowa Beautiful is not responsible for any financial liability.

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