School of Forestry Donors

Giving back to the School of Forestry

Equipping future foresters with the skills to thrive in the ever-important field of forestry is crucial in sustaining and managing our prized southwest forests. And we can’t do it without your help.

With budget cuts affecting funding for higher education in significant ways, financial support for the School of Forestry is more appreciated than ever. With your help, we can continue to keep Northern Arizona University’s School of Forestry a top-ranked, research-productive, sustainability-focused forestry program.

Giving       

There are many ways to support the School of Forestry and its mission of education, research, and outreach. Some excellent examples include the five funds listed below.

The Charles O. and Mary Minor Forestry Professorship

This Fund is established by alumni and friends of the School of Forestry to honor the founder of the School. This fund will permanently support an elite faculty position at Northern Arizona University, reserved to attract or retain an eminent scholar whose work substantially advances the discipline. An endowed professorship is one of the highest honors a school can bestow. The professors who hold this position will represent prestige and leadership worthy of the endowment’s namesake and of the educational mission of Northern Arizona University’s School of Forestry.

Wally Covington Student Travel Award

This Fund is established by Northern Arizona University (NAU) alumni Daniel Binkley and Michael Ryan, (Founders) to support the travel expenses of NAU Forestry students to attend conferences, short courses, and workshops domestically and/or internationally in honor of NAU Regents Professor and Director of the Ecological Restoration Institute, Dr. William Wallace Covington (Wally Covington). The Founders encourage their fellow alumni and friends of NAU’s School of Forestry to contribute to the growth of this Fund that will provide travel support for students in perpetuity and cultivate a culture of philanthropy in current students at NAU.

Forestry General Fund

This discretionary fund has been used by the School of Forestry's Executive Director in many ways over the years to enhance the forestry program. Examples of recent uses of this fund include support for student participation in forestry conferences, support for faculty development, the purchase of equipment and supplies when other sources of funds are unavailable, and student scholarships.

NAU Centennial Forest Fund

Donations to this fund have been used to develop new fcilities on the Centennial Forest, such as the recently completed ramada. They have also been used to support other operational needs and for the summer environmental programs. Donors specifically interested in environmental education are also encouraged to consider the NAU Centennial Forest Environmental Education Programs Fund, which can be found under the "Other School of Forestry funds" heading on this page.

Forestry Alumni Scholarship Fund

This scholarship has been given to a deserving upperclassman each year since its inception in 1969. The scholarship is funded by, and is in recognition of, our many loyal alumni.

Forestry Faculty Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving forestry student. The recipient is selected by the faculty, based on their knowledge of the student's performance in the classroom as well as leadership and other traits indicative of exceptional potential to contribute to the forestry profession.

Charles O. Minor Endowment for Forestry Students

This scholarship was created in memory of the School of Forestry's founding dean, who is remembered fondly by many students who graduated in the 1960s and 1970s.

Scholarships established by alumni and friends of the School of Forestry:

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American Conservation Experience Scholarship: 

This fund was established in August of 2008 by Chris Baker and Matt Roberts founders of American Conservation Experience (ACE). ACE was founded in 2004 to bring together students and young adults of many nationalities to perform voluntary service projects in inspiring outdoor settings. ACE attracts over 250 volunteers annually, from 30-40 countries, each providing 8 weeks to 6 months of service in exchange for food, housing and a variety of rewarding educational experiences. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time graduate or undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who has financial need.

Raymond Aso Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This fund was established in 1960 through a bequest by Ramon Aso, a Basque sheepherder who came to the U.S. in the early 1900s and worked for many years for the Babbitt Ranches, before eventually purchasing his own ranch near Williams, Arizona. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving junior or senior.

Robert A. Blaser Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1989 by Suzanne S. Blaser in honor of her late husband. Robert Blaser was a past vice president of Southwest Forest Industries, 1978 Flagstaff Citizen of the Year, and Fellow in the Society of American Foresters. It is awarded to a deserving Master's degree student.

Laurel and Dorothy Brenn Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1986 by Lorraine Fagerberg in order to benefit young people who share a love of nature and also in honor of her parents. Laurel and Dorothy Brenn came to Flagstaff in the mid-1900s. They owned a ranch near Garland Prairie. It is awarded to a forestry student with high scholastic achievement.

William L. and Doris M. Cornett Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1994 by Zane Cornett (BSF, 1975; MSF, 1978) in honor of his parents for the support they provided to him, as well as for their long history of service to society through professional and community involvement. It is awarded to a student based on high scholastic achievement and demonstrated leadership in a forestry activity outside the classroom.

Anthony Czak Memorial Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was endowed in 1995 in memory of Anthony A. Czak, Jr. (BSF, 1976). Tony was killed in July of 1976 while fighting a deadly forest fire near Parachute, Colorado. It is awarded to a deserving junior or senior married student, to help ensure that Tony's sacrifice will not be forgotten.

John "Jack" Dieterich Fire Science Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 2006 by Dean David Patton, in honor of his good friend John (Jack) Dieterich. Jack, who passed away in 2007, worked for the USDA Forest Service for many years, and was instrumental in getting fire effects research implemented in the Southwest. The scholarship is awarded to a forestry student interested in pursuing a career in wildland fire science.

Levon P. Dunford Memorial Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1975 by the School of Forestry and the family and friends of Levon P. Dunford. Mr. Von Dunford was one of the School's most active supporters and recruiters during the early years of its existence. He helped ensure that faculty and seniors were able to attend professional meetings, helped with numerous field trips and often gave guest lectures. This scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior.

Tom Heard International Forestry Scholarship: 

This scholarship was established in 2008 by Kathleen Heard in memory of her late father Tom heard. Mr. Heard was an international mining engineer and avid proponent of third-world economic development. During his career he worked in Peru and Bolivia, and retired at the age of 82. Mr. Heard was also the grandfather of School of Forestry student Justin Hallett (B.S.F. 2008). This scholarship was established to honor Mr. Heard's lifelong emphasis on higher education and economic development, and as an ongoing tribute to realized human potential and sustainable global development. The scholarship is awarded to full time forestry students demonstrating academic achievement, interest in international forestry and financial need.

Tommy Knoles Jr. Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1985 by the family and friends of Tommy Knoles, Jr., who was an Arizona legislator at the time that the School of Forestry was established and a prime supporter of the forestry program. It is awarded to a student with at least junior standing who is an Arizona resident who graduated from an Arizona high school.

C. R. Krimminger Scholarship for Forestry: 

This scholarship was established through a provision in the Clinton and Katheryn Krimminger Trust. The late C.R. Krimminger was a test pilot, corporate lawyer, rancher, and served as Executive Assistant to Arizona Governor John R. Williams (1967-1975). Katheryn was a world renowned figure skater. Long time residents of Arizona, the Krimmingers were passionate about helping people and supporting education, particularly for those who were less fortunate. This scholarship is awarded to high achieving forestry majors who demonstrate financial need or are physically disabled.

David B. German Forestry Scholarship: 

This fund was established by friends and family in memory of David B. German who passed away in March 2008. Mr. German followed in his father's footsteps and dedicated 35 years of his life to the United States Forest Service. Dave was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, photographer, WWII history buff and computer aficionado. This scholarship is awarded to high achieving forestry majors who demonstrate financial need.

Paciorek Family Endowment for Forestry Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 2000 by the Paciorek family to support the work and commitment of the School of Forestry in preserving forest resources and in providing an outstanding education program for its forestry students, including Matthew Paciorek (BSF, 2000). This scholarship is used to support worthy and dedicated forestry students without regard to financial need.

Josephine Soulen Endowment for Forestry Students: 

This scholarship was established in appreciation of the forestry education that her son, Michael Soulen (BSF, 1990), received at Northern Arizona University. It is awarded to deserving a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in forestry. Preference is given to students with difficulty financing their education but who do not necessarily meet federal guidelines for need-based aid.

John H. Stephenson Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 2000 by John Stephenson, a 1963 graduate of the School of Forestry who, along with his wife Alice, is a strong believer in education and philanthropy. John spent 32 years with the Bureau of Land Management, retiring in 1995 as Chief of Biological Resources for Arizona. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student of sophomore standing or higher and a GPA of at least 2.5.

Thompson Family Forestry Scholarship: 

This scholarship was established to honor Steve and Toni (Walser) Thompson who passed away in 2005. Both were raised in Williams, Arizona, were married for nearly 40 years, and were devout Christians. Both impacted many people's lives and were deeply loved by family and friends. Each valued education, nature and assisting others. Their son is a 1998 School of Forestry alumnus. This scholarship is awarded to a high achieving forestry major that graduated from an Arizona high school and demonstrates financial need.

Jack and Louise Utley Forestry Scholarship: 

This scholarship was established in 1988 by Jack Utley and children in memory of his wife and their mother, Louise. Louise was a long time NAU employee and had served most of her working life in the field of Education. Upon the death of Jack in 1995, the scholarship was added to in his memory. Jack was retired as Timber Management Officer of the Coconino National Forest and a great outdoorsman

Helen Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1994 to assist deserving forestry students from Arizona. Recipients must be a U.S. citizen and Arizona resident, with preference given to students from Prescott, Prescott Valley or Chino Valley. The student also must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Scholarship funds established by, or in memory of, faculty or staff members:  

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Martin B. Applequist Memorial Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1967 by the Southwestern Society of American Foresters, School of Forestry faculty and staff, and family and friends of Martin B. Applequist, the first NAU forestry faculty member. It is awarded annually to the forestry student with the highest academic average during the first two semesters of the professional program.

Dick W. Berry Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1980 by Opal Berry in honor of her late husband, Dick Berry, an admired faculty member who was a professor in the School of Forestry from 1961 to 1979. It is awarded to a deserving junior or senior.

Ernie Kurmes Scholarship: 

Founded by Dr. David and Mrs. Doris Patton in 2008, this fund was established to recognize Dr. Ernie Kurmes, Professor Emeritus, for 40 years of service to Northern Arizona University. Dr. Kurmes served on the committee at NAU that developed the Faculty Senate, is past chair of the San Francisco Peaks Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, currently serves as School historian, and is active in planning alumni activities. This scholarship is awarded to a high achieving full time forestry major who demonstrates financial need, and with an interest in pursuing a work emphasis in silviculture.

William L. Holmes Memorial Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1994 by Elizabeth Holmes in honor of her husband, who worked for the USDA Forest Service for many years before retiring and taking a position at the School of Forestry. It is awarded to a junior or senior in forestry with at least a 3.0 GPA and who has shown initiative in furthering his or her career objectives through summer employment with the USDA Forest Service and School of Forestry activities.

Glenn Voorhies Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This fund was established in 1986 by the family and friends of Glenn Voorhies as a memorial to his dedication to forestry education. It is awarded annually to a deserving forestry student with high scholastic achievement.

Wildlife Habitat Relationships Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1999 by Dr. David R. Patton, Dean of the School of Forestry, to promote a better understanding of the relationships between plants and animals from an ecosystem context and to enhance the appreciation of wildlife management. It is awarded to a student who has demonstrated an interest in wildlife management through coursework, project selection and/or participation in the student chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Other School of Forestry funds:  

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Arizona Water Resources Committee Forestry Scholarship Fund: 

This scholarship was established in 1994 by the Arizona Water Resources Committee for the purpose of promoting watershed management in the state. It is awarded to a junior or senior with a GPA of 3.0 or greater and a demonstrated interest in watershed management.

Forestry Department Scholarship Fund: 

This fund is used to support two to three scholarships per year for deserving forestry students.

NAU Centennial Forest Environmental Education Programs Fund: 

Donations to this fund are used to support the summer environmental education programs held at the Centennial Forest Field Campus - especially the Junior Forester Academy, Senior Forester Academy, and Outdoor Leadership Academy. This fund is used to support scholarships to the academies for students with financial need, as well as to improve the facilities and equipment used to run these programs.

William P. Thompson Forestry Fund: 

This fund was established in 1975 in memory of Dr. William P. Thompson. At the discretion of the Executive Director and the faculty, the proceeds of this fund are used to bring in prominent forestry experts to the campus for lectures and consultations, to promote faculty development and scholarship, and to provide funds for student research and travel.