The Dick O’Keefe Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 to honor the memory of Mr. O’Keefe who passed away on December 29, 1997. Contributions in his memory came from a host of friends and family, as they knew how much farming was a part of his life. Dick was born and raised in Delaware County and introduced to farming at an early age, as was his father and grandfather before him. He understood the perils associated with agriculture, but “the seed had been planted,” making the term “farmer” something of which he was very proud. May this scholarship help a young person with the same dream.

The Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District (DSWCD) will award one (1) five hundred dollar ($500.00) scholarship for the academic year 2021-2022.

Download the O’Keefe Scholarship Application 2021.


Return a completed application, including letters of recommendation and official high school transcript, to our office or via email by Monday April 12, 2021.


Phone: 740-368-1921

Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District

557-A Sunbury Road

Delaware, Ohio 43015-8656



1. The applicant must be a Delaware County resident or have graduated (or be graduating) from one of the Delaware County public or private high schools.

2. At the time of application, the applicant must have achieved at least a 2.5-grade average on a 4.0 scale.

3. The applicant must be entering her/his freshman year as a full-time student at a two or four-year accredited college, technical school or university.

4. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in agriculture or natural resources.