HONESDALE – A senior from Forest City High School has some more money towards college thanks to a scholarship he won from the Wayne County Conservation District.

Will Jonas was the recipient of the Perry/Westgate Memorial Scholarship and was presented with the award during the monthly meeting.

Jonas was among four applicants for the scholarship. District Manager Bob Muller Jr. said only half a point separated Jonas and the next runner-up.

The scholarship is worth $1,000 and is open to any Wayne County student entering a two or four year college under an agricultural, conservation or environmentally oriented college curriculum.

The scholarship is given in two increments of $500. The first is for the student's first year of college and the other is during the second year of college after the student submits their first year transcript and the college confirms they are still enrolled in a qualifying curriculum.

The application requires a letter of reference (not a teacher or family member), an essay describing future goals and objectives, a transcript of educational record and the signature of a guidance counselor or principal.

“Ever since I can remember, I've always known what I wanted to do with my life,” Jonas said in his essay. “What I've grown up with has greatly influenced my decision to purse the job as a veterinarian.

“I couldn't be more thankful of the opportunities I've had in my life involving agriculture and animals.”

Jonas grew up raising hog, dairy cattle and beef cattle. He said from growing up around animals and agriculture, the has become a passion of his.

He will be attending Ohio State to study Animal Science. After, Jonas plans on going to veterinarian school, with a goal of becoming “both a large and small animal veterinarian.”

Jonas hopes to eventually open his own veterinary hospital in his hometown.

He has been an active member of 4-H since he was nine years old and plans on being an adult volunteer.

“The fun education 4-H provides is incredible and influences the young generation to be more aware and preserve the agricultural community of this area,” Jonas wrote. “As a 4-H volunteer and hopefully leader, I want to bestow my animal and agriculture knowledge to the young 4-H members with hopes of positively shaping the future in agriculture.”

Jonas has held jobs at Ellday Farm (tending dairy cows), Jonas Cold Spring Farm (tending dairy cows), Jonas Piggery (tending hogs), The Red Schoolhouse (washing dishes), Jericho Dairy Bar (preparing food and ice cream) and Camp Morasha (caring for horses and assisting with horseback trail riding.)

His extracurricular activities include:


• Wayne County 4-H: Pleasant Mount Go-Getters since 2005, holding positions that include news reporter, secretary and treasurer. He is the current vice president.

• Wayne County 4-H Teen Council since 2009, previously serving as secretary. He is the current president.

• Nine year member of the Wayne County 4-H Dairy Judging Team.


• Trumpet player with the school band since 2005.

• Jazz band since 2007.

• Student Council secretary.

• Band secretary.

• National Honor Society secretary.

• Senior Class Vice President.

• Future Business Leaders of America treasurer.

• Yearbook Biography Editor.

• Spanish club.

• Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science.

• Watershed Club.

• Envirothon.

• Communities Helping Organizations and People Succeed.

• Peer Mediation.

• Rachel's Challenge Committee.

Other activities

• Private violin lessons since 2001.

• Private piano lessons since 2006.

• Church chime choir since 2009.

Growing Greener Grant

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting applications for the watershed protection and restoration grants under the Growing Greener Plus Program.

The deadline is July 11.

DEP will invest in projects that will ultimately “protect or restore, or both, the Commonwealth's watersheds from impairment due to non-point source pollution.”

Examples include projects located in “priority” watersheds that reduce the source of impairment, “priority” type activities that lead to water quality restoration or protection and projects that support the installation of agricultural best management practices to achieve compliance with existing agricultural water quality requirements.

Applicants can also apply for funding through DEP's Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) Grant Program and Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program, through this process.

For more information visit DEP's Growing Greener Plus Program webpage. For questions email GrowingGreener@state.pa.us; call the center at (717) 705-5400; or write to DEP Grants Center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776.

Dirt and Gravel

Muller said they are continuing to find out more information about the Dirt and Gravel Road Program and its changes.

The funding for fiscal year 2014-15 for Wayne County is $603,715. It is divided into $518,060 for traditional dirt road activities and $85,655 for low volume roads.

“We are still unsure when the funds will be received,” he said. “Because of that we have no advertised for applications.

“We have discussed an August deadline for application. A lot depends on the state budget approval process.”