BLACKSBURG, VA -- Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment is currently accepting applications for graduate and undergraduate fellowships and scholarships in urban forestry offered by two prominent conservation organizations.

The Garden Club of America is offering national urban forestry fellowships, made possible through the generous donations of its Zone VI members, national membership, and Casey Trees. The fellowships serve as one way that the Garden Club of America seeks to fulfill its goal of advancing knowledge of urban forests and increasing the number of scientists in the field of urban forestry.

A selection committee from Virginia Tech's Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation will include practicing urban forestry educators, scientists, and professionals in related fields to review applications, with the Garden Club of America endorsing their final selection.

Multiple fellowships in the amount of $4,000 each will be awarded to graduate or advanced undergraduate students studying urban forestry, environmental studies, horticulture, forestry, or a closely related field at any four-year college or university degree program in the United States. Applicants must be U.S. students who will be enrolled as juniors, seniors, or graduate students during the fellowship period (2012-2013). Fellowship recipients may apply for one additional year of funding.

For application forms and instructions, visit the Garden Club of America Fellowship in Urban Forestry website. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.

The Virginia Urban Forest Council, known as Trees Virginia , is offering scholarships to enhance the ranks of future urban forestry professionals by providing financial assistance to students studying urban forestry and related curricula at Virginia colleges. Trees Virginia has awarded over $25,000 in scholarships since 2008.

Four scholarships totaling $4000 will be awarded to applicants who best demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, and a clear commitment to a career in urban forestry, distributed as follows:


  • One $1,500 scholarship for a graduate student enrolled at a Virginia four-year college;
  • One $1,000 scholarship for an undergraduate student enrolled at a Virginia four-year college; and
  • Two $750 scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled at a Virginia community or technical college.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the board of directors of Trees Virginia.

For application forms, eligibility requirements, and instructions, visit the Trees Virginia Scholarships in Urban Forestry. The application deadline is Dec. 21, 2011.

The College of Natural Resources and Environment  at Virginia Tech consistently ranks among the top three programs of its kind in the nation. Faculty members stress both the technical and human elements of natural resources and the environment, and instill in students a sense of stewardship, land-use ethics, and large-scale systems problem solving. Areas of study include environmental resource management, fisheries and wildlife sciences, forestry, geospatial and environmental analysis, natural resource recreation, urban forestry, wood science and forest products, geography, and international development. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

 Source: Virginia Tech

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