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Paula Kohout
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Kent Conservation District employee selected for scholarship

DOVER (Aug. 3, 2012) – The National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) has announced that they have selected Paula Kohout of Camden to be the recipient of a $1,000 Don Aron Scholarship.

Kohout, a 9-year employee of the Kent Conservation District, currently serves as the District’s administrative manager. She is pursuing her degree in production agriculture at Delaware Technical and Community College.

Kohout enjoys giving soil conservation presentations for elementary schools and volunteers for many educational experiences with children, including the School Yard Habitat Program, the Water Festival, the Harvest Festival, the Delaware State Fair and the Delaware Envirothon.

While Kohout served as a conservation planner with the District, she completed many nutrient management plans that significantly contributed to the implementation of Delaware’s Nutrient Management law and the goal of 100 percent compliance with the law. She also has been active in the State, Northeast Region and National Conservation District Employee Associations.

“Paula’s success has been attributed to her great work ethic and attitude, good communication skills, professionalism and responsibility,” said Pam Hawkins, NCDEA Scholarship Chairperson.  “NCDEA wishes Paula great success in her course work and all of her future endeavors.”

The Don Aron Scholarship was established in memory of Don Aron for his vision in founding the National Conservation District Employees Association. Don worked to organize NCDEA, establish bylaws, and served as its first president from 1992 to 1993. Scholarships are for conservation district employees and members of their immediate families who are pursuing continuing education in natural resource conservation.  

Kohout was chosen for the combination of her prior professional accomplishments and demonstrated leadership; her choice of study; financial need; and proven desire to educate others of the importance of agriculture and the preservation and protection of our natural resources.

For more information about the NCDEA Don Aron Scholarship Fund, please visit

Vol. 42, No. 292
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