In 2007, Ron Yenerich of Oswego created an environmental scholarship fund to encourage respect for the world future generations will inherit.
Called The Conservation Foundation Environmental Scholarship Fund, it provides annual awards to local students pursuing careers in natural resource management (forestry, wildlife management, etc.) or other environmentally related fields of study.
In the awarding of these scholarships, preference is given to candidates with a strong commitment to the preservation of the environment as evidenced through their work-related, volunteer or other community activities.
Recipients of these awards are honored at an annual event sponsored by The Conservation Foundation. In addition, a paid summer internship may be available for the recipient at the Kendall County Forest Preserve, as forest preserve district funds permit.
Ron Yenerich is a graduate of Indiana University and served as an officer in the United States Army for five years.
He held human resource management positions for eleven years at Quaker Oats Company and for twenty-two years at the American National Bank & Trust Company of Chicago.
He now is working with various non-profit organizations in the areas of conservation and historic preservation.
According to Mr. Yenerich, “It is my hope that these scholarships will continue the fine efforts of other environmentalists who are dedicating their lives to the future of our planet. We each must act responsibly to protect the natural resources we have inherited.”