Forestry Leader Scholarship

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Established in 2017 by a very charitable and anonymous WWOA member, the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association Forestry Leadership Scholarship aims to carry forward WWOA’s educational mission in a partnership with the forestry program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Since it’s establishment, our very generous members have joined this cause with the interest of educating future generations on the value of sustainable forestry and ensuring private woodland owners will always have access to well-trained foresters.

With a passion for sustainable forest management, WWOA’s mission, since 1979, is to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty and utility of the woodlands. WWOA works to bridge the gap between private woodland owners and natural resources professionals by offering year-round educational opportunities and promoting the value of sustainable forestry throughout the state of Wisconsin.

 

Contributing 

Visit the donations page of our website to make a donation to the fund, online. Be sure to specify in your payment notes that the donation is for the scholarship fund.

If you prefer to donate using a check, please send us a note expressing the donation should go to the scholarship fund, along with a check payable to WWOA.  Mail to WWOA, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

 

How to Apply 

The Scholarship application period is November 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020. Find the ONLINE APPLICATION, here, or visit the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s CNR Student Success Center, located in the Trainer Natural Resources Building, Room 122 to pick up a hard copy.

Eligibility

  • Enrolled full-time at UW-Stevens Point in the fall semester of the year of application
  • Major in forest management
  • Have at least two semesters remaining after the spring semester when scholarship is awarded
  • Resident of Wisconsin
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • No hand written applications will be accepted
  • All parts of the application must be complete and included
  • Preference given to students who are WWOA members or related to WWOA members

Required Documents

  • Application
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume
  • Essay response

Submission

  • Submit all materials to WWOA office at wwoa@uwsp.edu or PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481
  • Must be received or postmarked between November 1 – January 1.
Questions? 

Contact the WWOA Office at 715-346-4798 or wwoa@uwsp.edu.


Past Scholarship Recipients

2018 – Travis Wollenberg

2019  Violet Thielke

WWOA is excited to announce that UW-Stevens Point sophomore, Violet Thielke, is this year’s winner of the recently established WWOA Forestry Leader Scholarship. Violet plans to graduate in May 2021 with a degree in forest management and is considering of adding on a major in soils as well.

Violet lives in Waupaca and commutes to UWSP on days she has classes, so she is still able to help her dad on their family farm “Thielke Grass-Fed Beef” and their other business “Thielke Forestry Products.” Working with her dad is how Violet knew she wanted to pursue a career in forestry. Her father’s passion for working in the outdoors was bestowed into her through hard work, operating machines, and realizing that forestry is more than just cutting down trees.

Photo Caption: Violet Thielke posing with her grapple skidder that she primarily operates while working for her family’s forestry business, “Thielke Forestry Products”. Photo by: Violet Thielke

Choosing to attend UW-Stevens Point was almost a no-brainer. It is close to home, one of the top-rated schools for natural resources in the country, and has a great hands-on summer field experience, Treehaven, that Violet will be attending at the start of summer 2019. Violet felt positive that she made the right choice in schooling when she took Dendrology, the study of trees, with Dr. Richard Hauer, Professor of Urban Forestry at UWSP. She said that professors like Dr. Hauer, teaching with the same passion for forestry and the outdoors that mirrored her father’s passion, made her strive to excel and even made her consider becoming a professor herself one day to continue to pass on the drive for forestry.

When asked about Violet in his classes, Dr. Hauer responded, “I can see Violet becoming an educator someday as she seems to have a keen sense of discovery and passion for learning which in my opinion is really an important part of being an effective teacher.” Dr. Richard Hauer was the 2018, Student Selection for Outstanding Teacher for the UWSP College of Natural Resources.

Violet would like to thank those who made the scholarship possible. “I am unbelievably grateful that people can see my passion for forests and bettering ecosystems. Thank you for putting faith into people, such as myself, that want to make a change for future generations.” Her favorite quote sums up her pursuit to improve forests and educate the future generations: “The one who plants trees, knowing that they will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.”

                        – Rabindranath Tagore

Do you know someone who could benefit from this scholarship? WWOA accepts applications from November 1 – January 1 annually. The scholarship award is split between two semesters, with the selected student receiving a total of $5,000. The scholarship is for a student enrolled full-time at UW-Stevens Point majoring in forest management. The student must be a resident of Wisconsin, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8, and have at least two semesters of schooling remaining after the spring semester in which the scholarship is awarded. WWOA members and immediate family members are given first priority. Full details can be found online at https://wisconsinwoodlands.org/scholarship/

Thank you so very much to all the WWOA members who have made this scholarship a reality!