Scholarships for hard-working and high-achieving students
You’ve worked hard in your classes and have a career plan — and we want to support you as you continue to make an impact both inside and outside of the classroom. In order to ensure that you receive maximum scholarship consideration, review our scholarship information carefully and pay attention to all deadlines.
Scholarship applications for undergraduates are typically available from September through January, via Scholarship Central, but you must apply for admission before you can apply for scholarships.
More than $439,000 in scholarships for CNRE students
That’s how much we awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year to nearly 140 students. Our scholarships include both need-based and merit-based awards, and you’ll apply for both through Scholarship Central. Be sure to log in as soon as you have applied for admission to check deadlines and additional requirements such as letters of recommendation.
Beyond Boundaries Scholars ProgramAmount: Varies
The Beyond Boundaries Scholars Program supports students from underserved communities and high-achieving students who may need to choose among competing schools based on financial aid. All of the following donors have funded awards: Harold Burkhart, John and Mary Lou Harrison, Michael Hincher, Brenton and Charlotte Keefer, Michael and Kathy Melo, and Stephen Prisley.
Thomas M. Brooks ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,450
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.
Camp Ottari Nature Instructor ScholarshipAmount: Up to $2,000
Awarded to a CNRE student who works for a summer as a nature instructor at Camp Ottari Scout camp in Pulaski County, Virginia. If the student is a Life or Eagle Scout, a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, or has worked more than one summer at Camp Ottari, the scholarship is increased by $500.
William M. Carter Memorial ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,200
Established by family and friends of William Marvin Carter, a 1952 graduate in forestry and wildlife.
Chesapeake Foundation ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,800
CNRE General Scholarship FundAmount: Varies
CNRE Honors Endowment FundAmount: Varies
Dean’s International Study ScholarshipAmount: $750
Established by J. Michael Kelly, former dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment, and his wife, Candi, in recognition of the value of international experiences. This scholarship has two application periods: October 1 to November 1 for winter and spring programs, and February 1 to March 1 for summer and fall programs.
John and Janet Doughty Endowed Opportunity ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $12,000
Established by John and Janet Doughty to support student recruitment and retention. Scholarship available to current and prospective students pursuing any major within the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
A.E. "Jim" Evans ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,000
Established through a bequest from Mr. A.E. “Jim” Evans of the Class of 1941.
Charles J. Gose Jr. ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,400
Established by Charles J. Gose Jr. to fulfill the need for an endowed scholarship to benefit students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
Gray Lumber Company ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,500
Established by Senator Elmon T. Gray in memory of his father, the Honorable Garland Gray, state senator and founder of the Gray Land and Timber Company.
International Paper ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,500
Established by the Union Camp Charitable Trust, now managed by International Paper, to support students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
Thomas H. Jones ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $3,500
Established by Thomas H. Jones, a 1938 Virginia Tech alumnus and great friend of the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Newbill ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,550
Established by Thomas C. Newbill, a 1957 engineering graduate with an interest in forestry, and his wife, Sallie.
William O. Ross ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,150
Established by William O. Ross, friend of the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
Jack Sheldon ScholarshipAmount: $800
Established in honor of Jack Sheldon by the Sheldon Lumber Company.
Honorable and Mrs. Shelton Hardaway Short Jr. Memorial ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,000
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.
John D. Smith ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,000
Established by Barbara B. Smith in memory of John David Smith.
Richard B. Vasey ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $5,900
Established by students, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Richard Vasey, retired faculty member, to honor their friend, advisor, and mentor.
Robert L. and Esther S. Youngs ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $4,100
Camp-Younts Foundation Scholarship in Wildlife (renewable)Amount: Approximately $1,200
The Camp-Younts Foundation and its trustee, Hal S. Atkinson, are valued friends of Virginia Tech. Atkinson is the nephew of Virginia Tech alumnus Laurie Vaughn Atkinson ’48. He has a deep passion for the conservation and management of wildlife game species and wishes to support the education of students in this field.
Class of 1952 ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,200
Established by Dr. Lewis Lancaster, a 1952 graduate in forestry and wildlife, for the purpose of supporting undergraduate students in the field of fish and wildlife conservation.
Kathryn M. Fabrycky Memorial Scholarship (renewable)Amount: Approximately $2,100
Established by Wolter J. Fabrycky, the John L. Lawrence Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 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 Conservation from 1989 until her passing in 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.
Robert H. Giles Jr. ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,400
Established by his family and friends to honor Dr. Robert Giles Jr., retired professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation.
Henry S. Mosby ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,225
Established to honor 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 1980s. He served as the wildlife research unit leader and was named the first department head when the fish and wildlife department was established in 1972.
Martha Pennington Orth Memorial ScholarshipAmount: $1,400
Established by Dr. Donald J. Orth in memory of his wife, Martha.
Michael B. Wagner Memorial ScholarshipAmount: $1,500
Established in memory of the 1996 fisheries and wildlife graduate by his parents, Barry and Donna Wagner, his family, and his many friends.
Zimmermann ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,100
Established by Anne Zimmerman ’79, who CNRE has recognized with the Gerald E. Cross Alumni Leadership Award. Zimmerman believes her education and leadership training at Virginia Tech helped broaden her career path and influenced her to pursue leadership positions in forestry and wildlife, and she would like to help students who are also planning careers in the field.
Peter P. Feret Memorial ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,400
Established by family and friends in memory of Dr. Peter P. Feret Sr., faculty member and advisor.
Richard Foster Urban Forestry ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,450
Established by Richard Foster, a friend of the College of Natural Resources and Environment, the Virginia Urban Forest Council, and friends.
Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation General Scholarship FundAmount: Varies
Jeffrey Andrew Fuerst Memorial ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,900
Established in memory of Jeffrey Fuerst, undergraduate student in forestry, by his father, Frank Fuerst, his family, and friends
Herman W. Gabriel Scholarship (renewable)Amount: Approximately $33,000
Established in honor of Herman William “Bill” Gabriel, whose dream of a life in the mountains came true when he was able to attend Virginia Tech through the help of a Virginia Academy of Sciences Scholarship and a state scholarship. After earning his degree, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 32 years at sites ranging from Alaska to Ecuador. After retiring from government service, he became a writer and photographer, and his work appeared in Audubon, Discover, Natural History, Time, and U.S. News. He funded this scholarship because, “My idea has been to help individual students realize their dream of a life among the trees and the birds, just as I was enabled by help from others. I guess that behind all this is a love for the outdoors, coupled with a desire to raise a new generation of foresters who will care for the health of our environment. I just want to help students, one by one, so they can go on to greater things.”
Elizabeth A. Ingalls Forestry Scholarship (renewable)Amount: Approximately $2,400
Established by Elizabeth A. Ingalls ’77, who was one of the first females hired by the Tennessee Division of Forestry. After working to track fire statistics and educate groups about fire prevention, she earned her MBA and pursued a career in business. Ingalls feels her life was shaped by Virginia Tech, and she would like to provide future students with the same opportunities from which she benefitted.
Forrest Ray Lewis '68 ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,100
A scholarship for undergraduate students majoring within the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Concertation who have demonstrated financial need.
George B. and Mary Emma Ragsdale Endowed ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,600
K.S. Rolston Memorial Industrial Forestry Operations ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $500
Established by family and friends to honor K.S. Rolston, a dedicated forester, past president of the American Pulpwood Association, and friend to the college.
George M. Simmons ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $11,000
Established by Jeffrey Rudd ’83, who believes that the scientific and policy analysis of water resources, quality, and conservation are essential for the development of sustainability plans in both the public and private sectors. This award, which was named in honor of Professor George M. Simmons, will assist students financially and recognize their outstanding qualifications to solve water’s economic, environmental, and social challenges.
Gretchen and Clyde Smith Memorial ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $3,400
Established by Professor Emeritus David William Smith, family, and friends in honor of his mother and father.
J. Russell Smith ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,000
Established by Miles Merwin in memory of his friend, J. Russell Smith.
Timberland Management and Investments ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,100
Established in honor of John E. Green III, a proud alumnus of Virginia Tech who earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife in 1970. 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.
Thomas A. Walbridge ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,700
Established by colleagues, students, and friends of Thomas A. “Doc” Walbridge, professor emeritus of the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
Urban Forestry ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,500
Rt. Rev. William Loyall Gravatt ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,375
Established in honor of the Rt. Rev. William Loyall Gravatt, D.D., second Episcopal Bishop of West Virginia, 1899-1939.
Sidman P. Poole Endowment in GeographyAmount: Varies
Established by Rachel Poole in memory of her husband, Sidman P. Poole, professor of geography.
Victor Clay Barringer Endowed ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $3,800
Established 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.
Center for Forest Products Business and Lora L. and Martin N. Kelley Family ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,800
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 Sustainable Biomaterials to provide a competitive advantage for the forest products industry through supplying modern marketing and management information and training to students and industry personnel.
G. Scott Francis ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,650
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.
Bryan W. Graeser Memorial ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,100
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, Virginia, founded this scholarship in Bryan’s memory. This scholarship was started in 1999 to assist other students in the department in realizing 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.
Geza Ifju ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $800
Established in honor of Dr. Geza Ifju, the founding department head of the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products (now the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials), by family, friends, and alumni.
Morgan Lumber Company Management Team ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,700
Established in appreciation of the Morgan Lumber Company’s relationship with Virginia Tech, to recognize the contributions of the management team toward the company’s success and the value of the wood science and forest products programs at Virginia Tech.
George and Mary Ragsdale ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,325
Steven A. Sinclair ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $1,000
Steven A. Sinclair was a professor with the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products (now the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials) 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. He also initiated the Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management (now the Center for Forest Products Business) 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.
E. George and Marianne Stern and Jean Stern Fromberg Memorial ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $4,600
Established 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. Stern. The scholarship was endowed by Mrs. Stern, the Stern family, and friends.
Wood Enterprise Institute Entrepreneurial ScholarshipAmount: $500
The College of Natural Resources and Environment and the Whitehurst family share a commitment to developing the next generation of entrepreneurs for businesses dealing with natural resources. Every year, the scholarship seeks up to eight exemplary students who will participate in leadership roles to collaboratively manage the Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI) program.
John D. Farmer Jr. ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $4,800
Georgia-Pacific Corporation ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $4,800
A one-year merit scholarship to students pursuing a forestry major.
John F. Hosner ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $4,800
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 his vision and drive, he was instrumental in growing the department to the 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.
Morgan Lumber Company ScholarshipAmount: Approximately $2,000
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 sustainable biomaterials. The recipient must have prior work experience through a job, summer internship, or co-op. Preference will be given to students with experience in softwoods and solid wood products.
Victor W. Stewart ScholarshipAmount: Varies from approximately $1,000 to $3,500
Established by the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation in recognition of the contributions of Victor W. Stewart to forestry in Virginia.
Mable Stuermann ScholarshipAmount: Varies from approximately $3,300 to $4,500
William August Stuermann and Mable Beard Stuermann Scholarship (renewable)Amount: Approximately $17,000
Mrs. Mable B. Stuermann endowed a scholarship program with the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation to support undergraduate students in good standing in the forestry major. These scholarships may be awarded on a recurring basis. Recipients must remain in good academic standing after their first semester in order to retain the scholarship for their second semester.
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Other sources for scholarships
Think of your scholarship search as a research project and look for funding sources beyond Virginia Tech. Again, the keys are to start your search early and pay attention to deadlines. A variety of organizations and companies offer support for students, so consider searching for scholarships related to:
- Talents and interests
- Community organizations
- Religion or ethnicity
- Local businesses or chambers of commerce
- Your employer or your parents’ employers
- Your military status (or your parents’)
The following organizations also offer scholarship opportunities for students interested in fields of study within the College of Natural Resources and Environment:
- Bonnie Appleton Memorial Scholarship Program — Provides financial support to a student majoring in urban forestry, arboriculture, horticulture, or nursery management.
- Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarship Fund — Awarded to undergraduates who have a genuine interest in a career in arboriculture and attend an institution offering programs in horticulture, arboriculture, or urban forestry.
- Leo Bourassa Scholarship — Supports students studying in fields related to water resources.
- Davey Tree Arbor Grant Scholarships — Supports students enrolled in a program that focuses on forestry, urban forestry, arboriculture, or another green industry field. Candidates must be a child or dependent of an active employee of The Davey Tree Expert Company or one of its subsidiaries.
- Garden Club of America Scholarships — Supports students in a variety of study areas related to natural resources and the environment.
- Healthline Stronger Scholarship — Supports students who are committed to making a difference at the intersection of health and climate change through their studies, extracurriculars, and career goals.
- Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarships — Supports Henrico County residents attending a Virginia state-supported college or university who are majoring in a conservation-related field such as environmental science, forestry, meteorology, or agriculture.
- Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship — Supports undergraduates enrolled in a program related to water resources who are members of the American Water Resources Association.
- John Mabry Forestry Scholarship — Awarded to juniors and seniors who will be enrolled in accredited forestry programs.
- Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association Collegiate Scholarship Award — Assists undergraduate students within a designated field of study associated with erosion and sediment control.
- National Organization of Professional Hispanic Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees — Awarded to new freshmen as well as continuing students (up to the junior year) at accredited colleges and universities. There is also an award for one female student majoring in public affairs, communications, or a natural resources conservation-related field of study.
- Natural Resources Conservation Service Scholarships — Offers the Tribal Scholars Program, USDA/1890 National Scholars Program, Hispanic Public Service Leaders Scholarship, and Asian Pacific Island Scholars Program.
- Paul Webster Forestry Scholarship - Awarded to juniors and seniors who will be enrolled in accredited forestry programs.
- Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program — Assists Native American students pursuing a higher education degree in natural resources.
- PMMI Foundation Scholarships — Supports students majoring in packaging or related fields.
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Wildlife Leadership Award — Awarded to juniors and seniors chosen for their leadership ability, dedication to wildlife conservation, and scholastic achievements.
- Trees Virginia Academic Scholarships — Supports undergraduate and graduate students studying urban forestry at Virginia colleges. (Trees Virginia will not be offering scholarships in 2022.)
- Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships — Awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or the environment.
- Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Student Scholarships — Provides financial support to students majoring in or showing a strong desire to major in natural resources conservation and/or environmental studies.
- Izaak Walton League of America National Conservation Scholarship — Supports rising juniors and seniors from recognized conservation or environment-related degree programs.