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 

 Find the ONLINE APPLICATION, here.
Our Annual Scholarship application period is November 1st – January 1st.

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 by January 1, 2021
Questions? 

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


Past Scholarship Recipients

2018 – Travis Wollenberg

2019  Violet Thielke

2020- Steven Krueger, Colby Powers, and Brody Fischer

 

WWOA proudly announces the 2020 winners of the Forestry Leader Scholarship, Steven Krueger, Colby Powers, and Brody Fischer. WWOA was able to award three Forestry Leader Scholarships this year due to a grant from the UW-Madison Center for Cooperatives.

Steven is a junior at UW-Stevens Point and plans to graduate in the fall of 2021 with a degree in Forest Management and a minor in business. Steven grew up in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. His family owns a cabin on 58 acres in Withee, Wisconsin where his family now lives full time. Steve and his family manage the property for timber and wildlife and is currently restoring a prairie on the property. Steven has had a passion for the outdoors since he was young. His families’ land instilled a passion for managing land, so that the outcomes would benefit future generations.

 

 

Colby grew up in Sauk City, Wisconsin where his involvement in Boy Scouts led him on the path of natural resources. He started out at UW-Baraboo for two years before transferring to UW-Stevens Point due to its smaller campus and the Schmeeckle Reserve. His passionate professors and conservation trips also brought him to the major of forestry management. Colby is a natural leader and is excited to participate in the Treehaven field experience this summer as a requirement for students in natural resources at UW-Stevens Point. Colby wants to go into forestry consulting when he graduates in December 2021. He is also very thankful to WWOA members for making the scholarship possible and helping him leave school debt-free.

 

 

Brody grew up in Exeland, Wisconsin, walking in the woods and hunting with his father and grandfather. These experiences sparked his interest in natural resources and led him to UW-Stevens Point. Brody’s forestry journey began when he became involved with Lumberjack Sports in Hayward. After his summer field experience at Treehaven, Brody fell in love with the forestry-based courses. Brody plans to go into forestry consulting and work with private landowners out West when he graduates in May 2021. He is thankful for the scholarship to have lifted a huge financial burden and is a proud WWOA member.

 

 

 

 


 

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!