Application Deadline: Monday, February 17, 2014
We are no longer accepting applications
Application Deadline: Monday, February 17, 2014
We are no longer accepting applications
This is a complete list of all of the College of Forestry and Conservation Scholarships. Not all scholarships are awarded every year based on available funding. If you are interested in donating to one of our scholarships, or would like to set up one of your own, please contact Kate Jennings, Foundation Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron Caplan Scholarship
The Aaron Caplan Scholarship was established by his parents, Howard Caplan and Darlene Caplan, and Jerry Sanders, in June 1996; the scholarship was endowed by friends of Aaron within a year. Aaron was a popular, out-going Resource Conservation student in the School of Forestry. It is awarded to a student majoring in any program in the School of Forestry with financial need; preference is given to a student with an interest in music.
American Indian Forestry & Conservation Scholarship
The fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana undergraduate students in the College of Forestry and Conservation. The scholarship will be available to all in-state and out-of-state American Indian students based on merit. The CFC Scholarship Committee selects the recipient.
Anthony B. & Edna Helding Evanko Scholarship
The University of Montana and particularly the School of Forestry were very special to the Evanko family. “Tony and Edna” met at the Forestry School. Edna was a secretary and Tony was a student, receiving his Bachelor of Forestry in Range Management in 1943. Tony was active in many University clubs and organizations, including Druids and Foresters’ Ball. Throughout their lives, the years spent at UM and the friends they made there were treasured. They continued their love of forestry with a career in the U.S. Forest Service, and were loyal and active UM and Forestry School alumni for many years.
Arne J. Jacobsen Endowed Forestry Scholarship
The Marlene and Arne J. Jacobsen Endowed Forestry Scholarship was created to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the CFC’s Forestry degree program in either the Forest Resources Management option or the Forest Operations and Applied Restoration option, or in the Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management degree program with the Recreation Resources Management option, or in the Resource Conservation degree program. This scholarship is intended to be applied toward expenses incurred by students who are involved in forestry field study programs. The expenses covered include, but are not limited to, tuition, travel, room, board, and instruction. This scholarship is awarded based on financial need.
Barb and Ernie Corrick Forestry Scholarship
This fund will provide scholarships to College of Forestry and Conservation students at the University of Montana. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible based on financial need and, preferably, whose long-term goal includes working in industrial forestry. This scholarship is renewable provided that the recipient reapplies each year and continues to meet the above criteria.
Bill Greenwald Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of the Bill Greenwald Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a Forestry major at The University of Montana who is completing his or her sophomore year. Selection will be based on grade point average, class standing, evaluation of two letters of recommendation from faculty and a statement of career goals. All other things being equal, students with an interest in forest management, logging engineering or wood utilization shall be given preference.
Blackfoot Forest Protective Association - Joe Sieminski Award
Joe S. Sieminski was born and raised in Ambridge, PA. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war he came to the University of Montana and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Forest Management. Joe was very active in the School of Forestry. He was a Druid, active in the Forestry Club and was the Chief Push of the Forester’s Ball. After graduating he commenced working for the J. Neils Lumber Co. in Libby, Montana. In 1955 Joe took a position with Anaconda Forest Products in Bonner, Montana. He completed his career as the Property Manager for Champion International Corp. Joe was very active in the School of Forestry Alumni Association. He was also one of the organizers of the logging and forestry exhibit at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.
Bob Kennedy Memorial Award
The Bob Kennedy Memorial Award was established at the same time as the Chris Greene Memorial Award. Mr. Kennedy attended UM from 1971 to 1976, graduating with a B.S. in Forestry. He was very active in the Forestry Club and the Foresters' Ball. He was described as "always ready to pull a practical joke or do something crazy, like help hang the Foresters' Ball sign from the UM smokestack." He died while working for the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company in Coos Bay, Oregon. The award is designated for a junior or returning senior in Forest Resources Management and is based on financial need, dedication to the profession of forestry, and strength in timber management.
Burchenal Leadership Scholarship
This fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana undergraduate students enrolled in the Wildlife Biology program. Eligible students will have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and will demonstrate excellent communication skills, leadership qualities, and a strong work ethic. This scholarship is renewable provided the recipient reapplies and continues to meet the scholarship criteria.
Castles Brothers Scholarship
The Castles Brothers Scholarship was established by James B. Castles of Portland, OR, to honor his deceased brothers John, Wesley, and Tom. The Castles family, which included five brothers and two sisters, lived in Superior where their father owned and operated a meat market, grocery, general store, and ranch that supplied the town. John, Wes, and Tom were all veterans of World War II, serving with distinction and receiving numerous awards. Tom was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and left impaired for the rest of his life. John also survived a serious vehicle accident overseas. John graduated from UM with a BSF, attended graduate school at Yale and Michigan, and received his graduate degree from UC Berkeley. He served the Forest Service with distinction until his retirement. Wes also graduated with a forestry degree from UM. He earned a law degree in 1949 while teaching forestry classes. He then went into politics and served on the Montana Supreme Court. Tom, suffering from multiple shrapnel wounds, took over the family businesses in Superior after WW II. He was well respected in Superior for his wisdom and integrity as a community leader. Jim graduated from UM Law School in 1938. Before he died, he lived in Portland, OR, where he retired as Vice-President and Chief Counsel for Tectronics, Inc. He established the Castles Brothers Scholarship to reward an entering freshman with high scholastic achievement and leadership potential. With satisfactory performance, the scholarship is renewable for four years. The Dean and a representative of the Forestry Alumni Association choose the recipients.
Charles L. Tebbe Memorial Scholarship
His widow Margaret and his sons Fred and John established the Charles L. Tebbe Memorial Scholarship in 1984. Charles Tebbe was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a long-time employee of the US Forest Service. His last assignment was as the Regional Forester of Region One. Recipients of the award, known as Tebbe Scholars, are chosen at the end of their sophomore year. The recipient must major in Forest Resources Management and class standing, grade point average, letters of reference, and a statement of career goals are all used to award the scholarship.
Chris Greene Memorial Award
The Chris Greene Memorial Award honors a 1975 forestry graduate who met with an untimely accident while working in the woods for International Paper Company in 1976. Mr. Greene attended UM for two years and was active in the Forestry Students Association and the Forestry School. He had an active mind and a good sense of humor, and was an energetic, hard-working student. He was most interested in fire science. The recipient of the award must be active in service to the College of Forestry and Conservation and must have financial need and an interest in fire management.
Christian Bowers Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Christian’s parents for a returning undergraduate student majoring in Wildlife Biology, exhibiting financial need, and in good academic standing. Christian was to enroll in the Wildlife Biology program in the fall of 1997 but was struck by lightning before classes began.
Dan Pletscher Scholarship for Avian Science
This award was established to provide one $5,000 scholarship each year to graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana. Recipients must have an interest in behavioral ecology and wish to pursue those interests with experiential learning, internships, or research. Preference shall be given to students with an interest in avian science and/or bioacoustics and who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition to WBIO majors, Biology students with an option in organismal biology or ecology are also eligible for this scholarship.
Danny On Memorial Scholarship
His friends and the Forestry Alumni Association established the Danny On Memorial Scholarship. Danny On was born in 1924 in California and was an Army paratrooper during World War II. He was wounded in action during his service on the European Front. He received a B.S. in 1950 and an M.S. in 1952 from UM's School of Forestry. He worked as a smokejumper for the Siskiyou National Forest from 1946 to 1947, then received a permanent appointment with the Forest Service as a forester. In 1963 he was promoted to Missoula as a silviculturalist and later transferred to the Flathead National Forest in Kalispell. He was killed in a skiing accident on Big Mountain in 1979 when he was 54. The scholarship is designated for a senior or graduate student in Forest Resources Management or Wildlife Biology. The recipient is required to have a 3.00 GPA, demonstrated ability and willingness to extend scientific knowledge to the public and allied professionals, and demonstrated amateur-level skill and involvement in wildlife, technical forestry, and scenic photography, and an interest in using that skill to further the enjoyment and education of others.
David Bayer Memorial Scholarship
The David Bayer Memorial Scholarship was established to honor David Bayer, a 1992 graduate from the School of Forestry. The Scholarship is unendowed and currently is funded by Mr. Bayer's family. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need and the student's ability to dedicate oneself to the profession of forestry.
Doris & Kelsey C. Milner Memorial Scholarship
The fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana students in the College of Forestry and Conservation. The recipient will be a junior, senior or graduate student who is dedicated to preserving wilderness and producing healthy national forests, rivers and wildlife. The CFC Scholarship Committee will select the amounts and recipients. One meaningful award rather than several smaller awards is preferred.
Drew van Teylingen Award
The purpose of the Drew van Teylingen Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a student enrolled in the College of Forestry and Conservation.
Earl F. Clark Scholarship
Mr. Leslie Wilson, a former friend who went to school with Mr. Clark, established the Earl F. Clark Scholarship in 1976. Information about Mr. Clark is very limited; he attended the University from 1913 to 1915; he played on the Grizzlies football team for three years; he may have returned in 1924 as head football coach. According to Mr. Wilson's instructions, the award is based solely on scholastic ability and accomplishment and is intended for any returning undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline. The College of Forestry and Conservation Scholarship Committee and the Dean of the School make the selection.
Edward F. Barry Scholarship
The Edward F. Barry Forestry Scholarship was established in 1979 to recognize an outstanding senior or graduate student in Forestry who has demonstrated exceptional skills in the field as well as the classroom. The recipient is also selected for specific contributions in Forestry, which exemplify Mr. Barry's concern for a prudent, balanced use of natural resources.
Elenore H. Schofield & Donald J. Schofield Scholarship
This fund will provide scholarships to College of Forestry and Conservation students at the University of Montana. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible.
Fay G. Clark Memorial Scholarship
The Fay G. Clark Memorial Scholarship was established in 1988 as provided in the will of his widow, Alva S. Angell. Mr. Clark taught mensuration, management, and valuation at the University from 1922 until he retired in 1953. He died in 1960. The scholarship is given annually to a student in the College of Forestry and Conservation. Whenever possible, the College of Forestry and Conservation Scholarship Committee selects a nontraditional student and/or a veteran because Mr. Clark was hired to teach at a time when many veterans of World War I were returning to the School.
Flora Maye Hawkins Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students entering the School of Forestry with awards based on merit. These scholarships are part of the Forestry Scholars Program designed to attract the very best freshman students.
Forestry Alumni Memorial Scholarship
The School of Forestry Alumni Memorial Scholarship was established in 1946 by donations provided by various alumni, faculty, students, or friends of the School of Forestry. It is awarded to a junior majoring in any of the College of Forestry and Conservation's degree programs based on scholastic achievement, professionalism, and service to the School. The recipient must be a resident two semesters (five quarters) prior to the award.
Frank (Shorty) Nelson Memorial Forestry Scholarship
The Fund shall be used to provide one scholarship, at a minimum of $1000 each year, for a student with financial need, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid need analysis, who is majoring in Forestry with either the Forest Resources Management Option of the Forest Operations and Applied Restoration Option. The recipient should be a Montana high school graduate, in good standing with the College of Forestry and Conservation and the University of Montana and members of the Student Society of American Foresters. Preference will be given to a student who is a veteran or a wildland firefighter. The College of Forestry and Conservation Scholarship Selection Committee shall determine the amounts of the scholarship awards and recipients. This scholarship may be renewed provided the recipient continues to meet the above criteria.
Fred H. Mass Scholarship
The Fred H. Mass Scholarship (an unendowed scholarship) was established in 1991 by his family and friends. Mr. Mass was a 1930 graduate of the UM Forestry School. The award is available to any Forestry student and has no restrictions on use. Because the scholarship was unendowed, the College of Forestry and Conservation Scholarship Committee thanks the continued generosity of the Mass family who awards it each year.
Garrett Grothen Memorial Scholarship
Garrett James Grothen was born in Bellevue, Washington, on March 15, 1972. While growing up in Issaquah, Washington, surrounded by mountains and lakes, his respect and curiosity of the outdoors grew. He participated in many sports and outdoor activities, and dreamed of someday working in the woods. In the fall of 1990, after graduating from Issaquah High School, Garrett moved to Montana to begin school at The University of Montana’s School of Forestry.
While attending Forestry School, Garrett became very active in many School events, including the Forestry Students Association and the Woodsmen’s Team. He attended Spring Camp at Lubrecht Forest in 1992, and was vice-president of the UM Forestry Students Association that same year. He was Captain of the Woodsman’s Team in 1994, and also president of the 55th Association of Western Forestry Clubs (AWFC Conclave). Garrett loved competing in logger sports, and he won the “Bull of the Woods” award for the top competitor at the AWFC Conclave in 1995. He also spent many hours each year working on the Foresters' Ball, where he met his future wife, Michelle.
As a seasonal Forester, Garrett started working with Plum Creek in summer of 1992 and continued working for them each summer. After graduating from The University of Montana in December of 1995, with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management, Garrett worked as a Forester with Darby Lumber. Eighteen months later he rejoined his fellow Foresters at Plum Creek Timber in Missoula. He was proud to be a Forester. He took so much pride in his work, but he would never beat his chest to say, “Look what I did.” He would always let his work do the taking, and didn’t have to prove himself to anyone.
He was the same way when competing in timber sports. He always let the chips do the talking. If he made a mistake, he would accept it, learn from it, and do better next time. Garrett continued his timber sports career and turned professional after college. He competed throughout the Northwest and Canada, traveling to many shows. In 1999 he was the “Intermediate Single Bucker of the Year” and also won the World Championship in the Jack and Jill. Michelle shared his love of the competition and they were very often Jack and Jill saw partners.
Garrett could befriend a five year old or a 50 year old; he was liked by all who knew him. No matter what the need or request, Garrett was always willing to help. He was very active in the Society of American Foresters’ Forestry Interpretive Area at Fort Missoula. He helped organize Forestry Day and helped run and maintain the many exhibits, including the steam-powered sawmill. Garrett helped with numerous demonstrations of timber sports and forestry field trips for local schools and civic groups. He loved his Seattle Mariners and Seahawks, and also was a NASCAR and Grizzly Football fan. “I was a fan from the beginning,” he would say. Through the good and bad streaks, he was there. Other interests of Garrett’s included golf, fly fishing, snowmobiling, his 8N Ford tractor, and Ford Diesel trucks.
Garrett married his longtime companion and friend, Michelle, on April 7, 2000. Together they made their home in Florence, Montana. Garrett died in an avalanche on January 26, 2002, while snowmobiling on Sheep Mountain near Bonner, Montana. In Garrett’s honor, the UM Woodsmen’s Team Arena was dedicated as the “Garrett Grothen Arena” in April of 2002. Garrett was one of those rare individuals that spent his life living his dreams and doing what he loved, while encouraging others to do the same. That is why this scholarship bearing his name has been established.
The scholarship shall be awarded to a junior entering their senior year in Forest Resource Management. Preference is to be given to a student who is interested in pursuing a career in private forest industry, is active in the Forestry Club and/or the Woodsman's Team, and who exhibits good organizational and leadership skills. Grades are not to be a deciding factor. If there are no juniors that fit the above criteria, the award may be given to a sophomore.
George & Mildred Cirica Student Support Fund
To provide support for graduate students studying Wildlife Biology. Support may include graduate scholarships, summer research awards and graduate stipends, or other student support as determined by the director of the Wildlife Biology Program.
George E. Bright Memorial Scholarship
The George E. Bright Memorial Fellowship was established in 1973. Mrs. Billy J. Bright left the money in her will to establish a memorial to her husband George who died in 1963 while trying to rescue his dog from a train. The fellowships (3 or 4 every year) are awarded to entering or returning graduate students who have a proposed course of study relating to natural resource problems. The students must also have outstanding academic credentials and their past performance must indicate they have strong potential as natural resource scientists. Students must demonstrate reasonable progress toward their degrees.
George R. Myers Scholarship
The purpose of the George R. Myers Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to College of Forestry and Conservation students at the University of Montana. It is the donor's wish that the scholarship benefit students in the Range Management course of study in memory of George R. Myers.
GM "Monk" DeJarnette Scholarship
His widow Hazel established the G.M. “Monk” DeJarnette Scholarship in 1990. Mr. DeJarnette graduated from the School in 1921 and worked for the Forest Service, eventually serving as supervisor and chief of planting for the Colville National Forest. His son and grandson also graduated from UM. The scholarship will be awarded to a Forestry student who is an average student and demonstrates financial need.
Graduate Scholarship in Natural Resource Conservation Policy
For a graduate student enrolled in the College of Forestry and Conservation who has a cumulative GPA or 3.0 or higher and out-of-state residency for at the first year of the scholarship. This scholarship is renewable provided the recipient reapplies each year and remains eligible based on the selection criteria.
Hawkins Family Scholarship
The purpose of the Hawkins Forestry Scholarship is to provide an annual award to a student in the College of Forestry and Conservation at The University of Montana to be chosen by the dean. The award may be given to one person or divided among more than one person at the discretion of the dean.
Herman William Gabriel Scholarship
This scholarship is available to a Wildlife Biology undergraduate. This scholarship can be awarded to the same student each year until graduation. This scholarship honors Herman William Gabriel, a wildlife biologist and acclaimed wildlife photographer.
Howard C. Lee Memorial Scholarship
The Howard C. Lee Memorial Scholarship, established by his daughters Ms. Carole Lee and Mrs. Suzy Rautenstraus, honors Mr. Lee, “a man who truly embodied the qualities of hard work, commitment, decency, love of the outdoors, and love of family.” Mr. Lee put himself through the University of California-Berkeley and Yale University and worked his entire career for the US Forest Service, serving as Ranger on the Arapahoe National Forest, Assistant Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest, Supervisor of the Black Hills National Forest, and finally Assistant Regional Forester in Denver, CO. He also raised five children with the help of his wonderful and devoted wife. Awarded for the first time in 1996, the scholarship is given to an employed student in good academic standing with the College of Forestry and Conservation.
James C. Salinas Scholarship
His widow Vera, to honor her late husband’s memory and commitment to conservation, established the James C. Salinas Memorial Scholarship. It is dedicated for a senior Wildlife Biology student who has demonstrated superior academic performance and has financial need.
John R. Milodragovich Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1977 by John’s family, including his widow Darinka, his son Mike, his daughter Michelle and his brother Robert (also a graduate of UM School of Forestry). John graduated in 1940 and was an early organizer of the Forestry Alumni Association and a strong supporter of the School of Forestry. The scholarship, awarded for the first time in 1999, is designated for a returning sophomore, junior, or senior student enrolled in the College of Forestry and Conservation, in good standing, and displaying financial need. Fields of emphasis may include forestry, silviculture, range management, or recreation management. In the case of a tie, preference is given to a veteran of the US Army and then to any other branch of the service. The recipient shall be dedicated to promoting and maintaining professionalism in forestry and shall intend to pursue the applied science of forestry upon graduation.
Kenneth P. Davis Scholarship
His family and friends established the Kenneth P. Davis Scholarship after his death in 1982. Dr. Davis was an honor graduate from UM's School of Forestry in 1928. He served as dean of the School from 1945 to 1949. The Forestry Alumni Association named him Honor Alumnus in 1979. Dean Davis was once a president of the Society of American Foresters and was a Fulbright lecturer in Finland. In 1976 he received the Sir William Schlich Memorial Medal for distinguished service to forestry. He also served on the University of Michigan forestry faculty and was the first incumbent in the David P. Mason chair of Forest Land Use at Yale University in 1967, serving until 1974. The College of Forestry and Conservation Scholarship Committee awards the scholarship to a junior student in Forest Resources Management. The selection is based on scholastic achievement, leadership, and professional responsibility, and faculty recommendations regarding those qualities.
Lee Clark Memorial Scholarship
The fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana graduate or undergraduate students in the College of Forestry and Conservation. A qualified recipient will be one who studies or works in the field of fire. The award will be based on need and merit.
Les Pengelly Scholarship
The Les Pengelly Scholarship was established in 1991 after Mr. Pengelly's death at age 73 after a battle with cancer. Contributions from friends, family members, and associates established this unendowed fund. Mr. Pengelly was extremely influential in resource management. As an extension wildlife specialist from 1954-1963, he lectured throughout the state reminding wildlife biologists of their responsibilities. From 1963-1984, he held a permanent faculty position in Wildlife Biology. He was president of the national Wildlife Society in 1978-79. He also served as the first chair of the Environmental Studies program at UM. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or returning graduate student in Wildlife Biology demonstrating outstanding scholastic achievement and a strong land and conservation ethic and dedicated to transmitting knowledge concerning wildlife and wild areas to the public. Financial need is also considered secondarily.
Mary Cardell Moore Memorial Scholarship
The Mary Cardell Moore & Robert Florence Cardell Memorial Scholarship is available to students in the College of Forestry and Conservation based on merit.
Mary Jane Landt Memorial Scholarship
Her husband Eugene Fay Landt in her memory created the Mary Jane Landt Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Landt was a 1940 graduate of the School of Forestry and designated the award for a UM student majoring in Forestry. Mr. Landt now resides in Wisconsin Dells, WI, but tries to visit Montana regularly.
Melvin S. Morris Scholarship
In 1980, the Forestry Alumni Association established the Melvin S. Morris Award to honor the Professor Emeritus of Forestry's Range Management program. Mel Morris was born in 1907 in Denver, CO, and earned his B.S. and M.S. from Colorado State University. He also completed advanced work at the University of Chicago. He came to UM in 1936 as an Assistant Professor and retired as a full Professor in 1972, when he was named Professor Emeritus. Professor Morris died in 1986. The scholarship recognizes a student entering his junior or senior year in Range Management in UM's College of Forestry and Conservation based on conscientious effort and interest, service to the College, extracurricular activities, and need.
Mike Barker Scholarship
This award was established to provide scholarships for Wildlife Biology undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Montana. Qualified recipients will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must have financial need.
Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Mikalson Scholarship
The Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Mikalson Scholarship was established in 1983 by their sons, Arthur and Norman, and their wives to honor Arthur and Norman's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Mikalson were long-time residents of the Eureka, MT, area and were pioneers in the area's timber industry. The scholarship has detailed application criteria: the student must have financial need, must be a forestry major, and must be a graduate of certain high schools in Montana or Washington. The Dean of the School selects the recipient. The brothers' express purpose in providing these scholarships is "to provide scholarships for serious-minded forestry students to help instill in them the knowledge that you CAN cut the forest and still HAVE it."
The Myrick-Hansen Scholarship was established in 1965 by Mrs. Leona (Peggy) Sherwin (formerly Mrs. Ralph H. Hansen). It was donated in the memory of her father, E.H. Myrick, a former supervisor of the Lolo National Forest who was killed in an automobile accident, and her husband, Ralph H. Hansen, a UM Forestry graduate who died following a long illness. The recipient is a sophomore student who has maintained the highest GPA in the class and who demonstrates a record of service to the College and credit and honor to the profession.
National Smokejumpers Association Trail Maintenance Award
The Fund shall be used to provide scholarships for students who are enrolled in the College of Forestry and Conservation at The University of Montana. Qualified applicants must be pursuing one of the following degrees: (1) Bachelor of Science in Forestry with an emphasis in Forest Resource Management or Range Resource Management; (2) Bachelor of Science in parks, Tourism and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Recreation Resource Management; (3) Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology. Qualified applicants may also be pursuing graduate degrees in the above areas. Scholarships shall be awarded to students who are currently employed and/or have been employed for a minimum of one fire season as a smokejumper, or who have worked or volunteered for the National Smokejumper Association. Additionally, children of smokejumpers who meet the criteria may be selected. Students shall maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and preference will be given to those students who are military veterans or who have financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Qualified applicants shall show an interest in forestry school organizations. The College of Forestry and Conservation Scholarship Selection Committee shall determine the amounts of the scholarship awards and the recipients. However, one meaningful award rather than several smaller awards is preferred.
Peter C. Kotte Memorial Scholarship
The Fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana undergraduate students in the Wildlife Biology Program. Qualified students are those in the Wildlife Biology Program who have an excellent academic standing with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Preference is for a non-traditional student who is also a veteran.
Peterson Family Scholarship Endowment
The Fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana students in the College of Forestry and Conservation and students in the Health and Human Performance Department in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences on a rotating year-to-year basis and according to the following guidelines. The College of Forestry and Conservation will be the recipient of the first rotation:
1. Recipient selection: The scholarship is to be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students based either on academic merit or financial need or both.
2. Responsibility for selection: Awarding the Peterson Family Scholarship Endowment to students in the College of Forestry and Conservation shall be the responsibility of the scholarship selection committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation. The Health and Human Performance students will be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences. The committees shall determine the amounts of the scholarship awards and the recipients during their rotation. However, one meaningful award rather than several smaller awards is preferred.
Phil Janik Graduate Scholarship
The purpose of the Phil Janik Scholarship is to provide an award to a graduate student within the College of Forestry and Conservation. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and an interest in public land management.
Recreation Management Excellence Scholarship
The Recreation Management Excellence Scholarship Fund shall be used to provide scholarships for students who are majoring in Recreation Management in the College of Forestry and Conservation at The University of Montana. Recipients must have junior or senior standing and shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Additionally, recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA in recreation management courses. Preference shall be given to students who have experience working in the recreation management field through community service, in the private sector, or with other government agencies. One meaningful award rather than several smaller awards is preferred. This scholarship is renewable provided the student reapplies each year and continues to meet the above criteria.
Richard F. Johnson Legacy Scholarship
This scholarship is for the benefit of a junior, senior, or graduate student in the College of Forestry and Conservation. The recipient needs to show scholastic achievement as well as service and leadership.
Richard J. Hansen Scholarship
The Richard J. Hansen Scholarship was established by Mr. Hansen because of the impact that The University of Montana had on his own life. He attended college during the time when Veterans were returning from WWII and had much of their education paid for. For Richard it was a struggle attending school and working hard to survive financially, and it affected his grades. During those struggles there were some people whose generosity helped Richard achieve his degree, including several professors and even the dean at that time who took an interest and made an investment in his education. Mr. Hansen feels that his experience at UM allowed him to graduate with a strong work ethic, good friends and a love for Montana that remains firmly intact. Through this scholarship Mr. Hansen wants to help students who come from a similar background and have a personal drive to achieve their degree.
Robert Frederick Herring Memorial Scholarship
The Robert Frederick Herring Memorial Scholarship was established to provide a $1000 scholarship for a deserving third-year CFC student.
Robert L. Dennee Scholarship
The Robert L. Dennee Scholarship was established in 1996 by Big Sky Lumber Company to honor Robert Dennee, a Forest Service employee who was instrumental in a land exchange. It is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student in a College of Forestry and Conservation degree program dealing with land conservation and protection. Criteria include good academic standing as well as the program of study.
Robert S. Morgan Memorial Scholarship
His widow Catharine, following his death from heart failure, established the Robert S. Morgan Memorial Forestry Scholarship in 1988. Robert Morgan was a 1948 UM Forestry School graduate. He worked for the Forest Service for 44 years in Region One, except for two years in Ogden, UT. He worked as a smokejumper, a ranger, an assistant supervisor, and the supervisor of the Helena and Bitterroot National Forests. Intended to encourage students in their pursuit of a forestry degree at the University, the scholarship may be given based on academic achievement or simply on need, as long as the recipient is progressing satisfactorily towards a forestry degree.
Roger Buckhahn Memorial Award
Fellow students and university officials established the Roger Buckhahn Memorial Award after the forestry junior was killed in an automobile accident in 1970. When he was killed on an icy road, he was returning to Yellowstone National Park where he was donating his time in a study on the effects of elk grazing and migration in the park area. He was extremely active in Forestry Club activities and the Foresters' Ball as well as the Rodeo Club and the Posse. One of the friends who helped set up the award said, "If it came down to supporting a club or ball activity that was in a bind or studying for an important test, Roger would help the activity." Thus the most important criteria of character and service relating to College of Forestry and Conservation student activities and the profession of forestry were designated. The award is designated for a junior with a minimum 2.2 GPA.
Ron Barger Memorial Scholarship
Ron’s family established the Ron Barger Memorial Scholarship after the death of the visiting professor that had taught in the School of Forestry for several years. The students then voted to honor their former professor by contributing timber sale proceeds they will receive from Lubrecht Forest Section 13 to endow the scholarship. Awarded to a junior majoring in Forest Resources Management, the scholarship assists a student who exemplifies Ron Barger's dedication to the profession of forestry. The student must demonstrate professionalism and leadership in practical forest management.
Russell M. Gates Memorial Award
The Russell M. Gates Memorial Award is named for a 1975 graduate of UM's School of Forestry. Russ Gates was killed in 1983 while working for Champion International Corporation as Lincoln District Land Manager. After falling a large Douglas fir, he was struck by a spruce snag, which fell from the side, 38' from the tree being felled. He left a wife and two sons. Russ was very active as a professional contestant in logging shows, competing on a local, regional, national, and international level. He was also a leading supporter of many community activities in Lincoln and was active in securing a doctor for the Lincoln area. The award is presented to any student with junior through Graduate standing majoring in the Forest Resources Management emphasis. The most important selection criteria is that the recipient exemplifies Russ's characteristics of professionalism and service to the College with scholarship an important adjunct.
Russell Nagle Scholarship
The Russell Nagle Scholarship was established in 1987 by the Board of Directors of the Public Service Council with the assistance of Gary Moon, a former state forester for the State of Montana, and his son-in-law Michael Keelin, who served as president of the council after Russell Nagle. Russell worked for many years for Foote, Cone & Belding advertising where he was responsible for the Smokey Bear account. Russell was approached by the U.S. Forest Service to launch a campaign for environmental awareness. In 1971, Russell took the Forest Service’s idea of an environmental owl named "Woodsy" and developed one of the most successful public service campaigns ever "Woodsy Owl - Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute." He, along with several colleagues, founded the Public Service Council to provide a vehicle for taking the campaign to the public. Russell served many years as president of the council. He and the Public Service Council were also responsible for the "Learn Not to Burn" campaign used by the National Fire Protection Association. The Russell Nagle Scholarship is awarded each year to a freshman or sophomore from any major within the College. It is based on the recipient's chance for success, professional attitude, and financial need.
Samuel Cooper Howell Sylvester Memorial Scholarship
The Fund shall be used to provide scholarships for graduate or undergraduate students (must be sophomores or above) at The University of Montana. It is our preference that awards are $500 or more. Fifty percent (50%) of the annual spending distribution shall be awarded to students who are forestry majors within the College of Forestry and Conservation (the “CFC”). Recipients, first and foremost, must be kind and caring individuals. Preference shall then be given to nominees who are active in one or more of the following: the Forestry Club, the Woodsman Team and the Forester’s Ball. The remaining fifty percent (50%) of the annual spending distribution will be awarded to students enrolled in the Wilderness and Civilization Program. Again, recipients, first and foremost, must be kind and caring individuals. Preference shall then be given to nominees who are passionate about our environment and our wilderness, and have an interest in one or more of the following: primitive skills, back country exploration, and wilderness studies. For the forestry award, candidates will be nominated by members of the CFC faculty. A scholarship selection committee appointed by the Dean of the CFC shall select the finalist. For the Wilderness and Civilization award, the Wilderness and Civilization faculty will nominate and select the finalist. Each year, two meaningful awards, rather than several smaller awards, are preferred.
SCIF Sables Susan & John Monson Hunting Heritage
SCIF Sables Susan & John Monson Hunting Heritage Scholarship shall be used to provide at least one undergraduate scholarship per academic year. Recipient must be a US citizen. First preference will be given to a female junior or senior in Wildlife Biology (WBIO). A student awarded this scholarship in their junior year will be awarded the scholarship in their senior year provided all selection criteria are met. The recipient must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid analysis. The recipient must take at least one class that incorporates a positive hunting message and have a 3.0 GPA. The recipient may be invited to attend one SCI First for Hunters Convention (preferably in their junior year). Should attendance create hardship for the student or if other reasonable cause is established, the student may retain eligibility for future scholarships. Otherwise, the student will be considered ineligible for future scholarships should they choose not to attend. The Sables will pay 100% of reasonable and necessary travel and convention attendee expenses. The recipient must agree to allow the Sables to use their names and other relevant information in publications announcing the scholarship in articles for the Sables newsletter, in articles in the SCI Foundation and Safari Club International (hereinafter collectively “SCI”) publications and magazines, and the local papers in the area(s) in which the recipient(s) reside. The Foundation will provide a report on the investment performance of the Fund annually to Sables and the Brown-Monson Foundation. In addition, the Wildlife Biology Program will provide them a report which will include the recipient's current academic standing, whether the criteria above have been met, and a confirmation that the University secured written agreement from each recipient granting permission for the Sables and SCI Foundation to use the information about the recipient in articles for SCI publications and local papers in the area(s) in which each recipient resides.
Silas R. Thompson Memorial Scholarship
His parents established the Silas Raymond Thompson, Jr., Memorial Scholarship after Mr. Thompson died in the Mann Gulch Fire in 1949. Mr. Thompson would have been a junior in the School the following fall. The scholarship is awarded to a Forest Resources Management sophomore (to be received as a junior) and is based on scholastic achievement, leadership, and service to the College.
Society of American Foresters Award
This award goes to a student that is in good academic standing and is within the College of Forestry and Conservation. The student needs to be a member of the Society of American Foresters Student Chapter. Preference goes to a Junior or Senior.
This fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana undergraduate students enrolled in the Wildlife Biology program. This scholarship is renewable provided the recipient reapplies and continues to meet the scholarship criteria.
Stacie Ann DeWolf Memorial Scholarship
Stacie Ann DeWolf was born on March 14, 1957 in Helena Montana to William G. and Betty Mae De Wolf. She was the 6th child of 8 siblings. Stacie was very passionate and caring from a young age. She attended Helena schools and graduated from Capital High School in 1975. She enrolled in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry in 1982.
Stacie’s interest and passion for forestry as a life long profession began by working summers for the Forest Service on the Helena National Forest while in high school. She started at an entry-level position making $2.18 per hour. While working in the summer of 1975 Stacie was part of the first all-female fire fighters fighting group. Stacie worked very hard and excelled to become one of the most highly respected women in the forest service.
She was employed full time by the Forest Service in 1976 and worked for the agency for almost 30 years prior to her tragic death in 2007. She held many different jobs each with progressively more responsibilities. Her most recent jobs were as a Regional Timber Sales Information Specialist, The Small Business Association Specialist, and the Special Forest Products Specialist for the twelve forests in the Northern region.
As a professional forester Stacie’s accomplishments and contributions were numerous. She embraced the importance of managing forests and became an invaluable resource for the agency. She had a wonderful ability to be able to take governmental policies and turn them around to help people. Stacie was considered an expert in many areas by her supervisors and peers across the nation and was often relied on for her knowledge of policy and regulation to determine how they could be implemented at the ground level.
Stacie was genuinely interested in and compassionate about the hard-working people who harvested and processed timber, mushrooms, and a myriad of forest products. She cared deeply about the communities who depended on forest production for economic stability. She was an advocate for the private small business saw mills rewriting many of the laws that helped keep them in business. Over the years, her involvement, counsel, and encouragement touched the lives of thousand of people in small sawmill communities throughout Montana and Idaho. Her professional and personal commitment to the small business sawmills within Montana and Idaho was unparalleled and the impacts of her work in a-side program will be long lasting.
Stacie was passionate about nature as a recreational user and steward of public lands. She loved to spend her free time exploring wilderness places like the Bitterroot peaks, hiking trails in Glacier National Park, skiing Lolo Pass, mountain biking the Rattlesnake Canyon, rafting a class IV river, or traveling to the Southwest. Her love of the outdoors and protecting the forests for all to use and enjoy was her life’s work. She knew that in addition to the priceless personal experiences in nature, there is also a practical stewardship needed by humans for forest products and to protect, preserve, and conserve public lands for all to enjoy. The family of Stacie Ann DeWolf has established a scholarship fund in her name to honor her many contributions to Montana communities, to wilderness lands and public forests and to support others who wish to do the same.
Susan Churchill Scholarship
The Fund will provide an annual $1,000 scholarship to be used for tuition at the Flathead Lake Biological Station or for other experiential learning opportunities for University of Montana undergraduate students in the Wildlife Biology Program. Recipients shall be students majoring in the Aquatic Option of the Wildlife Biology program and should demonstrate strong academic achievement. Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that applicants for this scholarship include highly qualified female students.
System for Environmental Management Scholarship
System for Environmental Management is a Montana nonprofit research and educational corporation. For over 29 years they've specialized in issues concerning wildland fire planning, behavior, fuel, weather, and effects. SEM was founded in Missoula, MT in 1977 as a nonprofit research and educational organization. Their mission is to perform basic and applied research on topics concerning wildland fire behavior, fuels, weather, and fire effects. While the results of their work are freely available to all via scientific publications, informal papers, and public domain simulation and analytical software, their target clientele is the community of professional fire and land managers and planners. For nearly 3 decades SEM has fostered a strong partnership with the Fire Sciences Laboratory of the Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service. Other partnerships include: Fire Aviation and Management, USDA Forest Service; Joint Fire Sciences Project; National Interagency Fire Center; National Park Service; Bureau of Land Management; Fish and Wildlife Service; Bureau of Indian Affairs; University of Montana; and NASA. Husband and wife team Barbara Riley and Collin Bevins founded the company and decided to start a charitable giving program to support work on fire and technology. The family decided that because the College of Forestry and Conservation does such great research and our students are so involved with wildland firefighting that they would provide a scholarship.
Thomas H. Leik, Sr. Wildlife Biology Scholarship
The Thomas H. Leik, Sr. Wildlife Biology Scholarship provides support to graduate or undergraduate students in good academic standing in the Wildlife Biology Program. It was established in memory of Thomas H. Leik, a fisheries biologist and wildlife statistician who worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (1960-67) and the Wyoming Fish & Game Department (in the 1950s).
Tom Spaulding Memorial Scholarship
The Tom Spaulding Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1979 by the Forestry Alumni Association to honor the late Thomas C. Spaulding, former dean of the School of Forestry. Dean Spaulding was born in 1885, received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Montana in 1906, and his Master of Forestry from the University of Michigan in 1909. During World War I, he served as a Captain in the Army. He began teaching at UM's Forestry School in 1916 and was one of the first instructors of Range Management in the United States. He served as dean from 1923-1946. Dean Spaulding was instrumental in the establishment of the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station and in the acquisition of Lubrecht Experimental Forest. With his guidance, the Forestry Club and the Montana Druids were established. He died in 1954, shortly before he was to retire. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or returning senior in any discipline in the College. It is based on professionalism, service to the College, and academic achievement.
Wesley M. Dixon Graduate Fellowship
This fund will provide fellowships to University of Montana graduate students enrolled in the Wildlife Biology program. The fellowship is renewable beyond the initial award providing funding is available and the recipient remains eligible based on the selection criteria.
Wesley M. Dixon Scholarship for Montana Students
This fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana undergraduate students enrolled in the Wildlife Biology program who are Montana residents.
Wesley M. Dixon Scholarship for Out-of-State Students
This fund will provide scholarships to University of Montana undergraduate students enrolled in the Wildlife Biology program who are out-of-state students.
William G. Kohner Memorial Scholarship
The William G. Kohner Memorial Scholarship was established in 1967 as designated by Mr. Kohner's will. Archival records show that Mr. Kohner received an M.S. in Forestry from UM in 1920. The award is designated for a sophomore, junior, returning senior, or returning graduate student and is based on scholarship and service to the College.
Wyman & Patricia Schmidt Family Endowed Scholarship in Forest Ecology and Silviculture
The Wyman Schmidt Family Endowed Scholarship in Forest Ecology and Silviculture is awarded to a CFC undergraduate or graduate student who is focusing their studies on forest ecology. The preference is that this scholarship will be awarded to a student who is studying forest ecology and silviculture in larch ecosystems. This is a merit-based award.