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Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available for students within the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Some are restricted to particular majors or options, while others are open to all students within the college. Some scholarships have need-based and/or merit-based restrictions and scholarship amounts vary.

CNRE Scholarship Application Process

The Scholarship Gateway opens each winter for students to apply for scholarships within the university and the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Applications for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year are currently being accepted, and will need to be submitted as follows. Scholarship applications for the upcoming school year are generally due by February 15th.

To apply for scholarships:

  1. In order to apply for a CNRE scholarship, you will need to submit the following information. Please prepare this document first before continuing to the Scholarship Gateway.

    Essay/Short Answer

    Please provide information on the following 6 items in detail in a SINGLE WORD/PDF document. List activities in bullet form wherever possible. Be sure to complete ALL questions on this form. To be considered for need-based scholarships, you must also complete the FAFSA.

    • Statement of career goals.
    • Academic honors.
    • Professional work experience, co-op work, internships, etc.
    • Describe any leadership positions you have held or leadership activities you have participated in.
    • Describe extracurricular activities (hobbies, sports, volunteering, or other non-academic activities) that you participate in.
    • Statement of specific financial need, other financial aid received (loans, etc.), amount of education that is self-financed.
  2. Now you are ready to go to: Scholarship Gateway. This will take you to the General Scholarships web page to start the application process.
  3. In the right column under Main Menu, click on “Go to Login.”
  4. Enter your PID and password and click on Login. This will take you to the General Scholarships User Guide.
  5. READ STEPS 1 and 2 OF THE INSTRUCTIONS and create an account. Once this is successful you will be able to apply for scholarships.
  6. You may apply for General Scholarships and/or a Natural Resources and Environment scholarship. Those are located under Available Scholarships in the column on the right.
  7. This will take you to the CNRE scholarship form and requirements.
  8. Complete this form, attach your document containing the six required items above, and click on Submit.
  9. If you have problems with submitting the form, please call the Scholarships and Financial Aid office at 540-231-5179.

Scholarships from Other Sources

  • The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) is an academic success community founded upon the principles of self-help, mentoring, and peer support. MAOP is open to all students who demonstrate a clear commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence and are interested in the promotion of diversity in an ever closer global community. To be eligible for the scholarship, the new or current student must be a permanent Virginia resident and a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Additionally, the student must demonstrate financial need (based on analysis by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid) and have 2.5 GPA or higher (current VT students). Apply online.
  • CNRE students should also consider applying for financial aid and scholarships through the Virginia Tech office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid.
  • Additionally, there are a number of off-campus organizations that offer various types of scholarships. Read an overview of scholarship search tips.

CNRE Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships Administered by the College
  • Alumni Foundation Ambassador Scholarship: Established by the college Alumni Board to recognize and honor the dedication and hard work of a college student ambassador.
  • Thomas M. Brooks Scholarship: Established by Thomas M. Brooks, whose life was devoted to the proper utilization of Virginia’s forest resources. He was a strong advocate of sound management practices and a leader in the industry. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • The Dean’s International Study Scholarship: Established by J. Michael Kelly, former dean of the College of Natural Resources, and his wife, Candi, in recognition of the value of international experiences for young people. To be awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • William M. Carter Memorial Scholarship: Established by family and friends of William Marvin Carter, a 1952 graduate in Forestry and Wildlife. Awarded to students in the forestry and wildlife sciences program.
  • Champion International: Awarded to a student in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Chesapeake Foundation Scholarship: Awarded to a student in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • A. E. “Jim” Evans Scholarship: Established through a bequest from Mr. A. E. “Jim” Evans, Class of 1941. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Charles J. Gose, Jr., Scholarship: Established by Charles J. Gose, Jr., to fulfill the need for endowed scholarship to benefit students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Gray Lumber Company Scholarship: Established by Senator Elmon T. Gray in memory of his father, the Honorable Garland Gray, state senator and founder of the Gray Land & Timber Company. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Thomas H. Jones Scholarship: Established by Thomas H. Jones, a 1938 Virginia Tech alumnus and great friend of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • William O. Ross Scholarship: Established by William Ross, friend of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Jack Sheldon Scholarship: Established in his honor by the Sheldon Lumber Company. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • The Honorable and Mrs. Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr., Memorial Scholarship: Established by Dr. Shelton Short, III, as a memorial to his parents, the Honorable and Mrs. Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr., recognizing their strong and keen interest in the well-being of Virginia’s forest lands. Awarded to rising sophomores in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • John D. Smith Scholarship: Established by Barbara B. Smith in memory of John David Smith. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Union Camp Scholarship: Established by the Union Camp Charitable Trust. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • The Richard B. Vasey Scholarship: Established by students, friends and colleagues of Dr. Richard Vasey, retired faculty member, to honor their friend, advisor and mentor. Awarded to a junior or senior enrolled in forestry or in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Camp Ottari Nature Instructor Scholarship: The Camp Ottari Nature Instructor Scholarship was established to encourage and reward CNRE students who serve as nature instructors with the Boy Scouts at Camp Ottari. Scholarship recipients are eligible for additional funding if they are an Eagle Scout, Life Scout, a member of the Corps of Cadets, or have worked on the Camp Ottari Nature staff for more than one season.
  • Sustainable Water Scholarship: Established by Jeff Rudd, Ph.D. in recognition of CNRE students' outstanding qualifications to solve water's economic, environmental, and social challenges. Scholarship recipients will have a genuine opportunity to invent the future during their careers and to reflect on the critical role of CNRE in providing an early foundation for their success. Awarded to juniors and seniors majoring in Water: Resources, Policy, and Management. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic merit, and preference is given to students who are members of an underrepresented population of students at Virginia Tech.
Scholarships Administered by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Dwight Chamberlain Wildlife Fellowship: Established to award students in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation.
  • Class of ’52 Scholarship: Established by Dr. Lewis Lancaster, a 1952 graduate in Forestry and Wildlife, for the purpose of supporting undergraduate studies in the field of fish and wildlife conservation.
  • Richard H. Cross Jr. Scolarship: Established by Mrs. Mary J. Cross in memory of Richard Hunter Cross Jr. and his work in wildlife conservation. Mr. Cross served as the executive director of the Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries and was actively involved in fish and wildlife management throughout Virginia.
  • Robert H. Giles, Jr., Scholarship: Established by his family and friends to honor Dr. Robert Giles, Jr., retired professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Awarded to undergraduate students in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation.
  • Burd S. McGinnes Fellowship: Established in honor of Dr. Burd S McGinnes, who earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1958 and became the leader of the federal Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, where he served and directed graduate students until his retirement in the early 1980s. Burd was instrumental in the education of numerous graduate and undergraduate students during his time in the department.
  • Henry S. Mosby Scholarship: Established to honor Dr. Henry S. Mosby's long career in and dedication to wildlife education. Dr. Mosby was involved with graduate and undergraduate wildlife students from the mid-1940s until the early 1980's. He served as the Wildlife Research Unit Leader and also as the first Department Head when the Fish and Wildlife Department was established in 1972.
  • Martha Pennington Orth Memorial Scholarship: Established by Dr. Donald J. Orth in memory of his wife, Martha. Awarded to students in fisheries and wildlife sciences.
  • Michael B. Wagner Memorial Scholarship: Established in memory of the 1996 graduate from Fisheries and Wildlife by his parents, Barry and Donna Wagner, his family and his many friends. Awarded to students in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation.
  • Kathryn M. Fabrycky Memorial Scholarship: Established by Wolter J. Fabrycky, the John L. Lawrence Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering (1965-95), this scholarship honors the memory of Kathryn M. Fabrycky, the beloved daughter of Wolt and Luba Fabrycky. Kathryn served as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservtion from 1989 until her passing on December 30, 2004. During her career, she provided valuable assistance and support to the department for many important wildlife research projects, including a number of studies on black bears. Awarded to juniors or seniors majoring in Fish Conservation or Wildlife Conservation who have demonstrated significant financial need and are in good academic standing.
Scholarships Administered by the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
  • Bartlett Tree Foundation Annual Scholarship: Awarded to students in the urban forestry program.
  • Peter P. Feret Memorial Scholarship: Established by family and friends in memory of Dr. Peter P. Feret, Sr., faculty member and advisor. Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.
  • Richard Foster Urban Forestry Scholarship: Established by Richard Foster, friend of the College of Natural Resources and Environment, the Virginia Urban Forest Council, and friends. Awarded to a student who has an avid interest in urban forestry.
  • Jeffrey Andrew Fuerst Memorial Scholarship: Established by his father, Frank Fuerst, his family and friends in memory of Jeffrey Fuerst, undergraduate student in forestry. Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior in general forest management with academic merit.
  • Herman W. Gabriel Scholarship: Established by Dr. Herman Gabriel, a 1956 graduate of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Awarded to undergraduate forestry students.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Newbill Scholarship: Established by Thomas C. Newbill, a 1957 College of Natural Resources and Environment graduate and his wife, Sallie. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • George and Mary Ragsdale Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students based upon potential in, and interest in, contributing to the forest industry.
  • K. S. Rolston Memorial Industrial Forestry Operations Scholarship: Established by family and friends to honor a dedicated forester, past president of the American Pulpwood Association, and friend to the college. Awarded to students in the forest operations business program.
  • Gretchen and Clyde Smith Memorial Scholarship: Established by Professor Emeritus David William Smith, family and friends in honor of his mother and father. Awarded to students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • J. Russell Smith Scholarship: Established by Miles Merwin in memory of his friend, J. Russell Smith. Awarded to students interested in research and education in the fields of forestry and agriculture, particularly in the areas of agroforestry and tree crops.
  • Thomas A. Walbridge Scholarship: Established by colleagues, students and friends of Thomas A. “Doc” Walbridge, professor emeritus of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Awarded to students enrolled in the forest operations business program.
  • John and Janet Doughty Endowed Scholarship: Established to honor John M. Doughty, a 1970 CNRE graduate with a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife, and Janet Doughty. John has served his community as the Assistant Vice President/General Manager of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company in New Bern, North Carolina, while Janet teaches high school students via classes at the local community college in New Bern. Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Forestry.
  • Timberland Management & Investment Scholarship: Established in honor of John E. Green III, '70, a proud alumnus of Virginia Tech who earned his bachelor's degree in Forestry and Wildlife. While a student at the university, John was a member of the Forestry Club and Xi Sigma Pi. In 2004, he established the Timberland Management and Investments Company. Awarded to undergraduate students in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.
  • Arborscapes, LLC Urban Forestry Annual Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate students majoring or minoring in the urban forestry degree option within the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.
Scholarship Administered by the Department of Geography
  • Sidman P. Poole Scholarship in Geography: Established by Rachel Poole in memory of her husband, Sidman P. Poole, professor of Geography. Awarded to graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Geography.
  • Rt. Rev. William Loyall Gravatt Scholarship: Established in honor of the Rt. Rev. William Loyall Gravatt DD., 2nd Episcopal Bishop of West Virginia, 1899-1939. Awarded to undergraduate students in the Department of Geography who are from certain Virginia counties, have a GPA between 2.9 and 3.4, and have demonstrated commitment to their education through hard work and evidence of a strong moral character.
Scholarships Administered by the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Anderson-Tully Lumber Company Management Scholarship: Anderson-Tully Lumber Company, founded in 1889, is a large producer and distributor of high-quality FSC-certified hardwood lumber. Recipients of this scholarship are selected based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, and desire to pursue a career in the forest products industry.
  • Bryan W. Graeser Memorial Scholarship: Bryan Wingate Graeser was a student studying Wood Science and Forest Products when he died in 1998 from bone cancer. Hank and Peggy Graeser and family of Chester, Va., founded this scholarship in memory of Bryan. This scholarship was started in 1999 to assist other students in the department to realize their dreams. The Graesers hope that recipients will, in their own way, develop the qualities of perseverance, hope and thankfulness that Bryan showed in his short time at Virginia Tech.
  • Center for Forest Products Business: The Center for Forest Products Business was established in 1991 as a collaborative effort among the forest products industry, trade associations, state/federal government agencies, and Virginia Tech’s Department of Wood Science and Forest Products to provide a competitive advantage for the forest products industry through supplying modern marketing and management information and training to students and industry personnel.
  • Danzer Group Scholarship: The Danzer Group Scholarship is intended to recognize, encourage, and provide financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials wo plan a career within the forest products industry. Recipients can be selected from junior or senior students in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials based on academic achievement and/or potential for superior academic achievement and the desire to pursue a career in the forest products industry.
  • E. George and Marianne Stern and Jean Stern Fromberg Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is in memory of E. George Stern and Jean Stern Fromberg. Dr. Stern was the former director of the Sardo Pallet and Container Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech. The late Jean Fromberg was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Marianne Stern. The scholarship was endowed by Mrs. Stern, the Stern family, and friends of the family. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving student in the department based on academic performance, financial need, and professional promise.
  • Frank Miller Lumber Company Freshman Scholarship: Frank Miller Lumber Company Freshman Scholarship is intended to recruit and provide financial assistance to an outstanding student enrolled in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, who plans to have a career in the forest products industry. The scholarship provides financial support to an outstanding freshman.
  • G. Scott Francis Scholarship: G. Scott Francis was the founder and president of the Carolina Paper Board Company. He was a 1936 graduate of Virginia Tech from the Department of Dairy Science. The scholarship provides support in the areas of paper, fiber, recycling, packaging and unit load research and education.
  • George and Mary Ragsdale Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students based upon potential and interest in, contributing to the forest industry.
  • Geza Ifju Scholarship: Dr. Geza Ifju was the founding department head of the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products. Family, friends and alumni have provided contributions for this endowed scholarship in honor of Geza.
  • Grupo Phoenix Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence: Established by Grupo Phoenix, this scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Packaging Systems and Design with an interest in working in the polymer and packaging industry. Students must be at least rising sophomores, preferably from Southwest/Southside Virginia, and priority is given to students who have completed an internship with Phoenix at their Dublin, VA facility, and who have completed an undergraduate research project in collaboration with faculty and Phoenix.
  • Hardwood Manufacturers Association Scholarship: The Hardwood Manufacturers Association Scholarship is intended to recognize, encourage, and provide financial assistance to an incoming freshman or sophomore majoring in forest products marketing.
  • Lora and Martin Kelley Family and Center for Forest Products Business Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the Lora and Martin Kelley family and Center to support undergraduate students in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products who have demonstrated high academic achievement, a record of professional activities and engagement in the University community.
  • Morgan Lumber Company Scholarship: Morgan Lumber Company is a privately held manufacturer of southern yellow pine lumber. The scholarship assists with the cost of tuition to an outstanding student in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products. The recipient must have prior work experience, through a previous job, summer internship, or co-op. Preference will be given to students with experience in softwoods and solid wood products.
  • Morgan Lumber Company Management Team Scholarship: Morgan Lumber Company is a privately held manufacturer of southern yellow pine lumber. The scholarship was endowed by the management team of Morgan Lumber Company to assist with the cost of tuition to an outstanding student in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products. The recipient must have prior work experience, through a previous job, summer internship, or co-op. Preference will be given to students with experience in softwoods and solid wood products. The Morgan Lumber Company Management Team Scholarship is the second Morgan Lumber Company scholarship to be endowed within the department.
  • Steven A. Sinclair Scholarship: Steven A. Sinclair was a professor with the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products and an internationally recognized leader in the field of Forest Products Marketing. Dr. Sinclair started the Forest Products Marketing Program at Virginia Tech in the early 1980s. Also, he initiated the Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management and served as its first Director. Upon his death in 1993, many friends, colleagues, former students, and Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management members contributed to a scholarship fund in Dr. Sinclair’s name. Because of Dr. Sinclair’s interest in forest products marketing research, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student studying the area, or to an outstanding undergraduate who plans to attend graduate school to study forest products marketing.
  • Victor Clay Barringer Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is in honor of Victor Clay Barringer and given by Coastal Lumber Company, Inc., which he founded in 1937. Today it is one of the largest privately held forest products companies in the United States. Victor Barringer’s father, Paul B. Barringer, was President of Virginia Tech from 1907 to 1913. Coastal Lumber Company is now guided by Victor Barringer’s grandson, Victor C. Barringer II, President and CEO. This scholarship provides support to outstanding students in the Department and was the first to be endowed with the Center of Forest Products Marketing and Management.
  • Virginia Forest Products Association Scholarship: This scholarship is presented by the Virginia Forest Products Association, an industry group that supports forest products enterprises in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The scholarship supports a promising wood science and forestproducts student who has an interest in working with the Virginia forest products industry.
Scholarships Provided through the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation Scholarship: Established by the Georgia-Pacific Corporation and administered by the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation. Awarded to students in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.
  • John F. Hosner Scholarship: Established by the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation to honor the contributions of Dr. John F. Hosner to forestry in Virginia and his role at Virginia Tech. Dr. Hosner became the head of a fledgling Department of Forestry and Wildlife in 1961 with four faculty members. With his vision and drive, he was instrumental in growing the department to a School of Forest and Wildlife Resources, which ultimately became the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, now known as the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Victor W. Stewart Scholarship: Established by the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation in recognition of the contributions of Victor W. Stewart to forestry in Virginia. Awarded to students in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.
  • William August Stuermann and Mable Beard Stuermann Scholarship Fund: Established by William and Mable Stuermann.
  • William August Stuermann and Mable Beard Stuermann Scholarship: Mrs. Mable B. Stuermann endowed a scholarship program with the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation to support “rising sophomores who have demonstrated a sincere interest in the management of the forest land base in the Commonwealth of Virginia.” These scholarships are for three years. In order to be considered for this scholarship, recipients must be enrolled in Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Selection is based on academic achievement or potential for superior academic achievement, leadership qualities, and desire to pursue a career within the forestry profession.

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