W.A. Franke - Support for Students

In 2016, William A. and Carolyn Franke and their family gave UM the largest single gift in its history. The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation will receive $18 million to support:

  • W.A. Franke Sustainability Fellows Program 
  • W.A. Franke Scholarship Fund 
  • W.A. Franke Fresh Water Conservation Initiative
  • W.A. Franke Endowed Graduate Fellowships in Wildlife Biology 
  • W.A. Franke Endowed Faculty Chair in Forest Conservation 
  • W.A. Franke Endowed Faculty Chair in Watershed Hydrology 
  • W.A. Franke Internship Fund 
  • W.A. Franke Innovation Fund 

Once fully endowed, several of these funds will provide direct support to our students through scholarships, fellowships, research assistantships in freshwater conservation, and funded internships. We are currently awarding W.A. Franke Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships in Wildlife Biology, and Sustainability Fellowships. 

The Sustainability Fellows Program will support students who are studying and/or practicing sustainability projects in either domestic or international settings. These fellows will be a prestigious cohort of our top students who will develop service-learning or research projects to help communities promote sustainable practices and/or will investigate aspects of sustainability in social and ecological systems.