Keep Iowa Beautiful is offering up to five, $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2014! Students across Iowa enrolling in an Iowa college or university to major in community enhancement or environmental areas of study are eligible.

Through the leadership of Bob Byers, long-time educator, KIB’s Litter-Free School Campus program was initiated in northwest Iowa in 2003. In memory of Bob, and his dedication to young people and environmental concerns, KIB and the Byers family established the Byers Scholarship Environmental Fund.

"My dad recognized from the beginning that Keep Iowa Beautiful serves as a key resource for educating youth on the importance of respect for the community and our environment," said Jay Byers, son of Bob Byers.

"KIB seeks to improve behavior patterns in our younger generations and reinforce values in older generations that encourage respect for home, neighborhood, community and state," said Gerry Schnepf, KIB executive director. "We serve as a key resource for educating youth on the importance of respect for the community and our environment."

Students can complete the application online at www.keepiowabeautiful.com/grants/byers no later than Jan. 10, 2014. Award winners will be notified by March 15, 2014. Please contact Julie Bailey, KIB director of advancement services at 515-490-4754 with any questions.

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000, becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions, improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State. KIB empowers Iowans to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live. Please check out our web page at www.keepiowabeautiful.com