CPNRD-Ron Bishop Memorial College Scholarship Program

Applications are being accepted for the CPNRD-Ron Bishop Memorial College Scholarship Program from the Central Platte Natural Resources District. Applicants must be a college junior, college senior, or 5th+ year student seeking a natural resources degree.

Five (5) scholarships will be awarded at $1,000 per student for the 2022-2023 school year. Return applicants and recipients are eligible to apply. Applicants or their parent(s) must reside within CPNRD boundaries; which reach from Gothenburg to Columbus along the Platte River (see map).


Some of the careers that qualify:

  • Agronomy
  • Applied Science/Diversified Agriculture Biologist/Biochemistry in Natural Resources
  • Engineer: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical
  • Conservationist
  • Earth/Environmental Science
  • Environmental Education
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Geological Engineering
  • Hydrologist, Hydrogeologist
  • Mechanized Systems-Soil & Water Conservation
  • Rangeland Management
  • Resources Conservationist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Vocational/Agriculture Educator
  • Water Resources Specialist
  • Other related fields

Jami Harper Scholarship

The Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival and Jami Harper offer an annual $250 scholarship for students entering a water resources field. Jami Harper has presented at the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival since she was a junior at Northwest High School in Grand Island. She created a class called H20Wood Squares based off of the popular game show Hollywood Squares~only her version teaches students about water issues.

Due to her success in creating this class and trying to educate students about the importance of our groundwater, she was in the running for the Volvo for Life award. Jami Harper placed 3rd in the Volvo for Life Contest and $25,000 to give to any educational event she preferred. She selected to give the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival $10,000 for a scholarship and grant program. The scholarship program is set up to allow any Nebraska high school student that is pursuing a career in water to apply for a one-time $250.00 scholarship. The recipient is selected by Jami and the Festival Committee. Miss Harper’s goal is for high school students to be aware that anyone can make a difference in the world. Scholarship Application: