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Taylor receives Keep Iowa Beautiful scholarship

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:55 p.m. CST

Garret Taylor of Creston is recipient of a Byers Environmental Scholarship through Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB). He will be attending Iowa State University.

Each student will receive $1,000 to use toward college expenses in environmental studies. Students were selected based upon their academic achievement and community service. Awards were presented by Gov. Terry Branstad March 13 at the state Capitol.

“It is critical that we encourage and support the youth of our state to better understand and to provide a long-term commitment to our environment, the beauty of our natural resources and countryside, and their importance in our lives in building pride and respect,” said Gerry Schnepf, KIB executive director.

In 2007, family and friends of Robert “Bob” Byers established a scholarship fund in his memory through KIB, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing litter and promoting community enhancement across the state. Through Byer’s leadership, KIB’s “Litter-Free School Campus” program was initiated in northwest Iowa in 2003.

“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.

Through the leadership of Bob Byers, KIB Litter-Free School Campus program was initiated in northwest Iowa in 2003. In memory of Bob and his dedication to the organization, KIB and the Byers family have established the Robert E. Byers Scholarship Fund within the Keep Iowa Beautiful Endowment Fund.

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