Scholarships

 

Thanks to the gracious support of our alumni and friends, NREM awards nearly $50,000 to our incoming and current students each year! Additional support is available through University-level scholarships or through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Scholarship applications specifically associated with FOR206: Fall Forestry Camp are due each fall at a date specified to students completing this course.


 

How to Apply for Scholarships

  1. Apply for admission to Iowa State University. This application is also used as the student’s application for many merit-based university scholarships, so apply early!
     
  2. Iowa State University utilizes the OneApp scholarship application portal for undergraduate students -incoming and current. Scholarships across the university, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management can all be accessed through OneApp.
     
  3. There are additional university scholarship that can be applied to independently of the OneApp. Be sure to check out the Office of Financial Aid website for those.
     
  4. Currently, Graduate students apply for scholarships through a separate Current Graduate Student application.

 


Deadlines

Incoming Freshman

  • Priority Deadline December 1st

Transfer & Current Students

  • Priority Deadline March 1st
     

Graduate Students

  • Priority Deadline February 15th
     

 

Other Scholarships

Don't forget to look for other sources of scholarships! Below are links to websites of organizations that regularly have scholarships applicable to animal ecology and forestry students.

 

Past CALS and NREM Scholarship Recipients

Students Recognized during an Unprecedented Time, S2020

Students Recognized at S2019 Banquet

Students Recognized at S2017 Banquet

Students Recognized at S2016 Banquet

Students Recognized at S2015 Banquet

Students Recognized at S2014 Banquet


 

Scholarship Descriptions

Animal Ecology

Brian Vincent Memorial Scholarship
A gifted athlete and excellent student, Brian Vincent graduated in the top 2% of his high school class and was a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. He was active in track, wrestling, music and drama while in high school and earned Eagle Scout honors. The spring after Brian entered Iowa State as an Animal Ecology Major, he started running on the track and cross country team and earned an athletic scholarship. During his sophomore and junior year in college he won scholastic athletic awards several times. February 1978, during his junior year, Brian died in an airplane accident. While athletic scholarships and awards appreciated by Brian and his family, his family decided to provide an academic scholarship specific to his area of interest. They decided that their support should go towards academically talented incoming and current freshmen within the Animal Ecology program.  Applicants must demonstrate high academic achievement, as evidenced by class ranking in the upper 5% or a high school grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 grading scale.

Chuck and Marguerite Tice Fisheries and Wildlife Scholarship
Charles C. Tice was a 1939 graduate of the Forestry Program who spent most of his professional career as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Chuck felt his sophomore year was pivotal in the completion of his depression era academic career. He credited assistance received from other students and Forestry Faculty during his second year of study as providing him the basis for completing his academic program during a very economically challenging period in our nation's history. Recognizing the importance of the sophomore year in his own academic career and the added camp expenses currently associated with the completion of the sophomore year, Chuck targeted his endowment to provide scholarships for students during their second year of study. Chuck was quick to recognize the need to support students in the Fisheries and Wildlife programs as well, when the Forestry and Animal ecology programs merged. Chuck spent some time in Alaska and developed appreciation for the bounty of wildlife and the importance of developing new generations of fisheries and wildlife graduates that understand the importance of integrated natural resource management. While Chuck is now gone, his spirit will live on in the carers of the students who are helped by his generous gifts. This scholarship is open to sophomore level students (year when student attends forestry camp) in the Forestry curriculum who will attend Fall Forestry Camp. Applicant must be in good academic standing and a U.S. Citizen. Applicant must be a sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in the NREM Department with an emphasis in the area of Fisheries and Aquatic Science or Wildlife Biology. Selection is based on financial need as determined by the ISU Financial Aid Office. Preference shall go to applicants who demonstrate high financial need. This scholarship is renewable.

David and Candace Arp Animal Ecology Scholarship
David Arp is originally from New Jersey and came to Iowa State University to study pre-veterinary medicine, but changed majors after his sophomore year to fisheries and wildlife biology. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1973, he was hired by the Iowa Conservation Commission as a State Conservation Officer, first in the Ottumwa, Iowa area for 10 years and hen in the Decorah, Iowa area for the remainder of his career. He was responsible for enforcing fish, wildlife, navigation and snowmobile laws, outdoor recreation education, and public relations in his assigned areas. David retired in 2006. His wife, Candace, a native of Wisconsin, received her degree from Iowa State in home economics education in 1973. The Arps give back to alma mater because they feel extremely fortunate to have received such a great education at Iowa State and wanted to help students enjoy an equal and even better experience than they did. The David and Candace Arp Animal Ecology Scholarship was established in 2013 to supports students majoring in Animal Ecology. 

Dennis Healy Memorial Scholarship
The Dennis Healy Memorial Scholarship is presented in memory of Dennis Healy, and avid outdoorsman, supporter of youth outdoor education, and owner of a sporting goods store in Cedar Rapids. Established by friends after his untimely death in 1977, this award is intended for students from the eastern Iowa area. Applicant must be an Iowa resident and demonstrate commitment to various forms of conservation such as; membership and/or participation with Youth Conservation Corps, Scouting, Izaack Walton League, the Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Club or Duck's Unlimited. Applicant must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5. This scholarship is to help finance the education of talented Iowa residents majoring in the Fisheries, Aquatic Sciences and Wildlife options. Preference will be given to students from Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. Selection is based on financial need.

Dr. Keith McNurlen Award
The Dr. McNurlen Award is gifted by the Izaak Walton League fro graduate students enrolled full-time at Iowa State University Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department. Students must be conducting research in conservation, fisheries, wildlife, biology, or limnology. Preference given to students conducting research in Iowa.

Elaine Boge Scholarship
This scholarship is open to all NREM students and may be renewable.

Iowa Chapter American Fisheries Society Scholarship
The Iowa Chapter of the American Fisheries Society established this award to recognize a junior or senior student in the department with at least one summer of field experience in fisheries or aquaculture. The student should have an above average grade point average and be actively involved as a student member of the Iowa Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Applicant must submit a 500 word essay describing the field experience.

Iowa City Sportsman’s Club – Loren R. Forbes Memorial Scholarship
The Iowa City Sportsman’s Club – Loren R. Forbes Memorial was set up to enhance wildlife, habitat and wildlife management in recognition of Loren R. Forbes past contributions. The memorial was set up to provide scholarships for students majoring in animal ecology in the department of Natural Resource Ecology Management and have a strong interest in wildlife and fisheries. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in Animal Ecology; first preference will be given to students in the Wildlife Biology option and second preference to those in the Fisheries option. Applicants must be in good academic standing. This award is a one-time award for student awardees (non-renewable).

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation J.N. “Ding” Darling Scholarship
The “Ding” Award is given in honor of Jay N. “Ding” Darling who was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winning political cartoonist for the Des Moines Register beginning in 1906. His famous cartoons were syndicated in over 100 of the nation’s largest daily newspapers. While they where certainly relevant when drawn in the early part of the last century, Ding’s art is perhaps unfortunately, just as relevant today.
He helped create the Iowa Conservation Commission, now the Iowa Department of Natural resources, and was one of its first directors. In 1932, he established a training school in game management at Iowa State College, the forerunner of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program. Recognized by the Democratic Roosevelt administration for his hard-hitting cartoons concerning conservation issues, this Republican cartoonist was asked to go to Washington to head up the Biological Survey, the agency that later became the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - and now has become the Biological Resource Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. He founded the Duck Stamp Program and directed the expansion of the National Wildlife Refuge System in the 1930s.
After his death in 1962, his friends and admirers created the J.N. “Ding” Darling Foundation to carry on the work and extend the conservation ideals of its namesake. Part of their work has been the solid support of this scholarship program for over 40 years. In 2006, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation began funding these scholarships through an agreement with the J.N. “Ding” Darling Foundation.
Recipients of the “Ding” must demonstrate not only knowledge of subject matter, but also their ability to communicate their knowledge – and their convictions – to our nation’s natural, cultural, and historic resources to others. Preference is given to students who display leadership through participation in school activities, professional organizations and community service projects. This scholarship is open to all NREM students. Applicant must show exemplary conservation communication and scholarly achievement. Examples of your work in this area should be described in your application or included as supporting material.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation J.N. “Ding” Darling Scholarship – Sherry Fisher Award
This award also comes to us from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation via the J.N. “Ding” Darling Foundation. Sherry Fisher was a founding member of the Foundation and served as its president for some 20 years.
As recognition for his years of service, the Ding Darling Foundation established this scholarship award. It is intended for the “best of the best” – the most outstanding of the Ding Darling applicants.

James and Patricia Dinsmore Scholarship
Upon his retirement from Iowa State University in August 2002, Jim Dinsmore and his wife, Pat, set up the James and Patricia Dinsmore Award. Jim received his B.S. degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from ISU in 1964. He completed his graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Florida. He joined the Department of Animal Ecology in 1975.
Jim has been extremely active in his career and his influence stretches well beyond the ISU classroom into the conservation profession and community. He has served on boards and committees for professional societies as well as many conservation groups. Most notable, perhaps, are the numerous public presentations he has given around the state and the five books and numerous articles he has written. Few scientists have such a vast record of contributions to both the professional and the public literature, he is known well beyond the ISU community. Jim and Pat are the parents of three children. A few years ago, they moved their permanent residence to Florida. They are enjoying traveling in their retirement and the “Old Coot” remains active in birding and conservation.This scholarship is open to all Animal Ecology majors at the junior and senior level. Applicant must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0. Applicant must demonstrate interest in ornithology, as evidenced by relevant work experience, participation in research projects, membership in scientific organizations, or a similar activity. This scholarship is renewable.

Kenneth Carlander Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Dr. Kenneth Carlander was born in Indiana, grew up in Minnesota and received his professional education at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1942. After serving in WWII, he assumed a faculty position at Iowa State, where he was Leader of the Iowa Cooperative Fishing Research Unit for 20 years and the first Chair of the Fisheries and Wildlife academic program. He retired as a distinguished professor in 1985. Dr. Carlander devoted much of his career to documenting and providing better understanding in fish growth and age determination. He pioneered long-term research on freshwater fishery population dynamics. In addition to more than 200 fisheries and other science publications, his Handbook of Freshwater Fishery Biology, through three editions, has been the standard of reference for several generations of fishery researchers and managers.
Upon his death in November 2002, his wife, Julia Carlander, decided to establish a scholarship for graduate students in Fisheries Biology as a memorial to the impactful work of her husband. It was her wish that each person who receives this scholarship exhibits a devotion to fisheries biology comparable to her husband’s and embodies Kenneth’s great love for work and family.

M. Virginia Sharar Memorial Scholarship
The M. Virginia Sharar Memorial Scholarship was established in 2005 to honor Virginia Sharar’s longstanding and genuine appreciation of natural resources and wildlife. open to all students in the Wildlife and Ecology options within the Animal Ecology major. Applicant must be in good academic standing. This scholarship is renewable.

LaVon Tostenson Scholarship Award
Mrs. Alice Tostenson established the LaVon Award in 1983 in memory of her late husband. Mr. Tostenson was a farmer, sportsman and longtime dedicated conservationist. He helped establish the Worth County Conservation Board and served on that board for 28 years. Active in many local conservation groups, Mr. Tostenson was a fur buyer for some 20 years, making important contributions to the Iowa Fur Industry, the Iowa Conservation Commission, Iowa’s colleges and universities, and many other conservation professionals.
This award is presented to a graduate student whose research program focuses on the conservation, ecology and management of fish and wildlife game species.

Ray Buresh Scholarship
The Ray Buresh Scholarship was established in 2013 by the estate of Elaine D. Boge.This scholarship is open to all NREM students and may be renewable.

Sherry Fisher Award
Awarded to the outstanding J. N. "Ding" Darling, INHF Scholarship applicant. Examples of your work in this area should be described in your application or included as supporting material.

Whitetails Unlimited Scholarship
Th Whitetails Unlimited Award goes to a junior or senior who intends a career in wildlife sciences and is pursuing a wildlife degree within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This student must demonstrate academic accomplishment by maintaining minimum cumulative grade point average and be enrolled as a full-time student.


Forestry

Andrew Mathias Forestry Club Student Involvement Award
The Forestry Club established this student-generated scholarship to recognize a forestry student who provided exceptional service and leadership to the club. The scholarship was re-named in 1999 to honor and recognize Andy Mathias, a junior in Forestry who died tragically in an automobile accident in January 1999. Andy was from Birmingham, IA and graduated from Van Buren Community High School in 1996. He was a student scholar and an exceptional leader who always went the extra mile for the club. Through this award the Forestry Club keeps Andy's spirit alive and honors his involvement. Submit a one-page type written essay describing your involvement with the ISU Forestry Club activities and projects. Open to all Forestry majors at the sophomore, junior, and senior level, except graduating seniors. This scholarship is awarded to a Forestry student who has provided exceptional service to the Forestry Club in terms of student activities and projects. The primary emphasis is placed on involvement with the ISU Forestry Club. Selection is based on regular attendance of Forestry Club meetings and involvement in Forestry Club activities. Applicant must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.50, completion of, or pending enrollment in, fall camp and cannot be graduating in the spring semester when the award is given.

Bill and Joyce Rozeboom Memorial Scholarship
Bill Rozeboom is a graduate of Iowa State College with a degree in Forestry. In addition to providing the education that allowed him to create a successful career in the wood preserving industry, Iowa State remained an important part of his life due to the enjoyment Bill and Joyce derived from following the Cyclone athletic teams. As residents of Ames, they also enjoyed concerts and other opportunities provided by the ISU community. This scholarship is intended to support students in the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department. This scholarship is open to Forestry students with preference given to those demonstrating financial need via FAFSA.

Carl Rise Teaching Fellowship in Forestry
This fellowship is open to master-level graduated students in Forestry with a 3.0 grade point average or higher who are active in student affairs and show exceptional academic promise.

Christopher Twarok Memorial Forestry Camp Scholarship
The Forestry Camp Scholarship was re-named to honor the memory of Christopher Twarok, Forestry Alumnus, B.S. 1987, M.S. 1990, who passes away prematurely in 2005. The scholarship was established by an anonymous donor, in order to help a forestry student with the expenses of attending the fall camp. Selection is strongly based on a strong interest in forestry and a 200-word essay identifying their interest in forestry. Applicant must be in good academic standing. This is a one-time award and is based primarily on financial need, to help pay the cost of the Fall Forestry Camp. Applications are available after camp each year and awards are given during fall semester.

Chuck & Marguerite Tice Sophomore Scholarship in Forestry
Charles C. Tice was a 1939 graduate of the Forestry Program who spent most of his professional career as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Chuck felt his sophomore year was pivotal in the completion of his depression era academic career. He credited assistance received from other students and Forestry Faculty during his second year of study as providing him the basis for completing his academic program during a very economically challenging period in our nation's history. Recognizing the importance of the sophomore year in his own academic career and the added camp expenses currently associated with the completion of the sophomore year, Chuck targeted his endowment to provide scholarships for students during their second year of study. Chuck was quick to recognize the need to support students in the Fisheries and Wildlife programs as well, when the Forestry and Animal ecology programs merged. Chuck spent some time in Alaska and developed appreciation for the bounty of wildlife and the importance of developing new generations of fisheries and wildlife graduates that understand the importance of integrated natural resource management. While Chuck is now gone, his spirit will live on in the carers of the students who are helped by his generous gifts. This scholarship is open to sophomore level students (year when student attends forestry camp) in the Forestry curriculum who will attend Fall Forestry Camp. Applicant must be in good academic standing and a U.S. Citizen.  Applicant must be a sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in the NREM Department with an emphasis in the area of Fisheries and Aquatic Science or Wildlife Biology. Selection is based on financial need as determined by the ISU Financial Aid Office. Preference shall go to applicants who demonstrate high financial need. This scholarship is renewable.

Douglas and Deanna Valley Scholarship in Forestry
Deanna and Doug are Iowa natives who have lived in Stillwater, Oaklahoma since 1989. They graduated from Iowa State University in 1970. Doug received a B.S. in Forest Management and Deanna received a B.S. in Textiles and Clothing. After working in a nationally recognized wood technology company for 30 years, Doug currently owns a utility service business, Doug Valley, LLC. As life members of the ISU Alumni Association, Deanna and Doug often thought how they could help Iowa State. They believe their education at ISU gave them the start that led to their success. Since they believe that the transition form high school to college is a significant life step and financial challenges can make that step even more difficult, the Valley's purpose in providing this scholarship is to help make it easier for a freshman in Forestry to begin his or her career in college, and in life. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming Freshman planning to enroll in Forestry who is not receiving another award. Recipient must have a high school G.P.A. between 2.5 and 3.5.

Dr. Keith McNurlen Award
The Dr. McNurlen Award is gifted by the Izaak Walton League fro graduate students enrolled full-time at Iowa State University Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department. Students must be conducting research in conservation, fisheries, wildlife, biology, or limnology. Preference given to students conducting research in Iowa.

Dwight W. & Marguerite Bensend Forestry Scholarship
This scholarship is open to all full-time second semester sophomore Forestry majors who have declared, or intend to declare the Forest Products or Sustainable Materials Technology option and have attended Fall Camp. The scholarship shall be awarded annually to the recipient who has the highest cumulative grade point among qualified students. Applicant must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.

Edward and Theola Clark Forestry Scholarship
Edward Hugh Clarke was born and raised on a farm in Elwood, Iowa located in Clinton County/ Theola "Tee" Mortvedt Clark was born and raised on a farm in Story City, Iowa located in Story County. They met at Iowa State College where they both worked. Ed was working to put himself through college while studying for a B.S. degree in Forestry. After ge graduated in 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and served over 3 years as a Naval Aviator in World War II. He received his M.S. degree in Forestry in 1948 at New York State College of Forestry in Syracuse, New York. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters. During his career at the USDA, Ed was very involved in forest products research, was key in developing the current system used to grade logs during fresh timber cuts, and managed government timber sales.

Elaine Boge Scholarship
The Elaine Boge Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor Elaine Boge's appreciation for natural resources. Ms. Boge, who graduated with a degree in Biology in Clark College in Dubuque, Iowa, was a nature enthusiast who farmed with her family and maintained a small hobby farm of her own. Scholarship recipients are to be students in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. May be renewable.

Evered Ihrig Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Charles & Wenona Ihrig in memory of their son Evered Ihrig. This scholarship is available to all ISU forestry students. Preference is given to students graduating from high schools in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Louisa, Linn, Muscatine, and Washington counties or persons having some degree of family relationship to the late Charles or Wenona Irhig. Selection is based on financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office at ISU.

Florence E. & Wendell H. Harmon Endowed Research Fellowship in Forestry Management
The Florence E. and Wendell H. Harmon Endowed Research Fellowship in Forestry Management was established in 1999 by Florence and Wendell Harmon. This award is open to graduate students pursuing an education in forestry, with preference given to those students in need.
Florence and Wendell graduated from Iowa State College; Wendell graduated with a degree in Forestry in 1932 and Florence in Home Economics Education the previous year. The couple was married in 1933. Nearly a month after they were Married, Florence and Wendell loaded up their Model-A automobile and set out for their homestead in western Oregon. Wendell led a distinguished career in the U.S. Forest Service in South Dakota and Florence taught in the public schools. Florence and Wendell retired in 1968 and lived out their retirement days in Beavercreek, Oregon.

Forestry Fall Camp Fund Scholarship
Offered for students attending fall forestry camp, this scholarship is based on the overall quality of an essay describing a meaningful learning experience at fall camp.

Fred W. and Sharon McMillan Scholarship
Fred W. McMillan was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois. Upon graduation from high school he joined the Navy and served in WWII in he Asiatic Pacific Campaign as a signalman on a sea plane tender used to patron the ocean from Okinawa to mainland Japan. Following Fred’s discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Illinois and in 1949, and at the urging of one of his professors, transferred to Iowa State College to pursue a degree in Forestry.
He graduated from Iowa State with a B.S. in Forestry in 1951. He was offered a position as a Forest Research Assistant at the University of Illinois’ Agriculture Experiment Station. During the latter part of 1955, he accepted a position as a forester for a small company in Beardstown, IL. 
His next move was to Springfield, IL in 1961. He accepted a position with Central Illinois Public Service Company, now Ameren, as right of way agent. He was promoted to Land and Right of Way Supervisor and held that position until his retirement in 1988. At that time, Fred and Sharon moved to Overland Park, Kansas to be near their son and grandchildren.This scholarship is open to all full-time undergraduate students with a declared major in Forestry. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5. Scholarship is renewable.

G.B. McDonald Scholarship
This award was established by Frances J. Flick through an endowed account to provide scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in Forestry. Preference is given to students interested in Forest Ecosystem Management or Natural Resource Conservation.

Gene Brugère Scholarship in Forestry
This scholarship was endowed by Gene’s sister, Winifred Brugère Keating Damman of Oak Harbor, Washington, who was proud to honor him in this way. Gene Brugère, 1951 Forestry alumnus, was always a Midwesterner, living at various times in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. He had just started in an Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at Iowa State College when WWII began. Before Gene was twenty years old he was stationed in France, serving the infantry until he was wounded.
Gene returned to Ames after his discharge and completed his B.S. in Forestry on the GI Bill. His career with Osmose required extensive traveling through the Midwest while keeping in a home on a lake in Northern Wisconsin. After retiring, Gene lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico for several years until he died in March of 1999. This scholarship is open to all undergraduate Forestry majors. Applicant must be in good academic standing and have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5.

Gene C. Meyer Scholarship in Forestry
Gene C. Meyer graduated from Iowa State in 1958 with a degree in Forestry. He started out as an Assistant District Forester with the American Can Company’s Lake States Division. By 1965 he became the Chief Forester/Staff Management Forester. In 1968 he joined Weyerhaeuser Company as the Manager of Resource Development, participating in acquisitions and raw material sales and trades. By 1975, he was promoted to the company’s senior management group as Vice President of the North Central Region. From there he moved to be Vice President for the South where he was responsible for over three million acres of timber, including harvesting, product manufacturing and sales.During Gene’s career he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Timber Jack Corporation, and five banks. He also served on several forest products trade association boards. Gene retired in 1992, but remained involved in forest product economic activities, serving as Director of Northern Initiatives in Marquette, Michigan.In 1996, Gene and Helen established and endowment to support the Gene C. Meyer Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all students majoring in Forestry with an emphasis in forest products, sustainable materials technology and individual forest management. Selection is based on academic achievement. Applicant shall be enrolled in, or have already successfully completed, courses in business, economics, or agricultural business when applying for the award. Applicant must have a minimum G.P.A of 2.5. Selection is based on academic achievement and financial need. This scholarship is renewable up to three academic years.

George and Dorothy Thomson Scholarship
George W. Thompson was Chair of the Department of Forestry at Iowa State University from 1975 to 1985. Born in Illinois in 1921, he enrolled at Iowa State in 1938 where he received his B.S. (1943), M.S. (1947) and Ph.D. (1956) degrees.
While working on his graduate degrees, George began his research and teaching career, which encompassed 40 years of classroom teaching as well as instruction and administration of 25 Forestry Summer Camps. His professional interests included forest management, range management, photogrammetry and forest history. George received ISU’s Outstanding Teacher award in 1972 and the College of Agriculture’s Advisor of the Year Award in 1973. He was elected a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters in 1979 and received the Society’s prestigious Carl Schenck Award in 1989. George Passed away in 1993 and his wife, Dorothy, passed ways in 2013. They are survived by two sons. This scholarship is open to all Forestry majors. Scholarship is renewable.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation J.N. “Ding” Darling Scholarship
The “Ding” Award is given in honor of Jay N. “Ding” Darling who was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winning political cartoonist for the Des Moines Register beginning in 1906. His famous cartoons were syndicated in over 100 of the nation’s largest daily newspapers. While they where certainly relevant when drawn in the early part of the last century, Ding’s art is perhaps unfortunately, just as relevant today.
He helped create the Iowa Conservation Commission, now the Iowa Department of Natural resources, and was one of its first directors. In 1932, he established a training school in game management at Iowa State College, the forerunner of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program. Recognized by the Democratic Roosevelt administration for his hard-hitting cartoons concerning conservation issues, this Republican cartoonist was asked to go to Washington to head up the Biological Survey, the agency that later became the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - and now has become the Biological Resource Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. He founded the Duck Stamp Program and directed the expansion of the National Wildlife Refuge System in the 1930s.
After his death in 1962, his friends and admirers created the J.N. “Ding” Darling Foundation to carry on the work and extend the conservation ideals of its namesake. Part of their work has been the solid support of this scholarship program for over 40 years. In 2006, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation began funding these scholarships through an agreement with the J.N. “Ding” Darling Foundation.
Recipients of the “Ding” must demonstrate not only knowledge of subject matter, but also their ability to communicate their knowledge – and their convictions – to our nation’s natural, cultural, and historic resources to others. Preference is given to students who display leadership through participation in school activities, professional organizations and community service projects. This scholarship is open to all NREM students. Applicant must show exemplary conservation communication and scholarly achievement. Examples of your work in this area should be described in your application or included as supporting material.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation J.N. “Ding” Darling Scholarship – Sherry Fisher Award
This award also comes to us from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation via the J.N. “Ding” Darling Foundation. Sherry Fisher was a founding member of the Foundation and served as its president for some 20 years.
As recognition for his years of service, the Ding Darling Foundation established this scholarship award. It is intended for the “best of the best” – the most outstanding of the Ding Darling applicants.

Iowa Woodland Owners Association Forestry Scholarship
This scholarship is open to all Forestry majors from Iowa. Students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA and demonstrate leadership.  Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating financial need via FAFSA. 

Jack Nicholas and Ada Elizabeth Gordon Award
The Jack and Ada Gordon Award was set up by John Gordon, 1961 Forestry alumnus, in memory of his parents Jack and Ada Gordon. Jack was the Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University for several years until his retirement.
Jack and Ada Gordon were avid supporters of conservation and were very active in the Clarion community throughout their lives.
They were from Oskaloosa and both attended William Penn College. Jack served in a horse cavalry unit of the Iowa National Guard and later in the infantry during WWII. Ada was a high school business and P.E. teacher. Jack worked all his life in the floral and nursery business. He and Ada owned and managed Gordon’s Flowers in Clarion until their retirement.
This scholarship is open to incoming and current forestry students.

James R. Furnish Scholarship in Forestry
James R. Furnish, a 1968 Forestry alumnus, had a long and rewarding career with the U.S. Forest Service. He has been inspired to create this fund to encourage others to take an active role in addressing responsible use of our natural resources. It is the donor’s desire that the scholarship is used to help retain students in the department.

Jim Pease Interpretation Scholarship
This scholarship, sponsored by Jim and Cindy Pease, is intended to encourage and reward a sophomore, junior or senior student with an option in interpretation of Natural Resources within the Natural Resource Ecology and Management discipline. Like all successful naturalists, the recipient should exhibit a broad knowledge of and a passion for the outdoors and for communicating that knowledge and passion to others. The student must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
Jim Pease, with the support of Cindy, has long been involved in the interpretation of natural resources. His professional career began after he completed his B.S. and M.S. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, in wildlife Ecology. He initiated environmental education (EE) at a residential EE center in Wisconsin and built their program and nature center. Returning to Iowa in 1980, he directed natural resource, camping and wilderness leadership programs for Iowa 4-H.
In 1985, the Department of Animal Ecology asked him to begin teaching a new course, Interpretation of Natural Resources, a program that has since become central to the department. He completed his Ph.D. in 1992. As a professor in the Animal Ecology and NREM departments, he taught classes in interpretation for many years and led student trips in the U.S. and to other countries to broaden student understanding of worldwide environmental issues.

J. Milton Cone Memorial Forestry Scholarship
The J. Milton Cone Scholarship Award is presented each year in memory of John Milton Cone who was an Iowa State Forester. John was from Independence, Iowa. He started in the Forestry program in 1961 and quickly made his mark as a quality student and high caliber young man.
During his years in forestry here at ISU, he won most of the scholastic and high achievement awards offered. To name a few he won the Lumberman’s Association Hoo Hoo Award, the Rice Scholarship, and was elected to student membership in the Agricultural Honorary – Gamma Sigma Delta, and the Forestry Honorary – Xi Sigma Pi, both national honor societies.
He deeply cared for his chosen profession, his department, and his fellow students. John was very active in Forestry Club activities including Christmas Tree Sales, the Midwest Forestry Conclave, VEISHEA, and the Ames Forester – the award-winning annual student publication. He attended Forestry Camp in Winter Park, Colorado in 1962, and returned to the Winter Park area in later years for summer employment.
John graduated with a B.S. degree in Forestry in the spring of 1965 and joined the Peace Corps. He spent two years in Peru, working on various forestry projects on eastern slopes of the Andes. During the fall of 1967 he entered graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent the summer of 1968 in the upper Amazonian region studying and researching tropical forestry for his Master’s degree. John was sent to Viet Nam in 1969 and on November 17, 1969, while serving as Squad Leader with the First Air Cavalry, he was killed near Tay Ninh.
In life, John touched the hearts of many. His friends made memorial contribution in his name to the Cone Family. His family then donated the memorial fund to the Forestry Department.This scholarship is open to Forestry Majors at the sophomore, junior and senior level. Selection is based on the scholarship, citizenship and the potential to succeed in his/her chosen profession.

Kenneth D. Obye Scholarship
Kenneth Obye graduated from high school in 1940, in Akron, Iowa and entered Iowa State College in the fall of 1940. He was in advanced ROTC and entered the army on active duty in April 1943. Ken remained in the army with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, spending one year in Germany, until he was discharged November 1946.
He returned to Iowa State College and graduated with a B.S. in Forestry in December 1948. He worked a summer with the U.S. Forest Service at Pike National Forest in Colorado. In January of 1950 he started his career with the U.S. Gypsum Company in Greenville, Mississippi as the timber buyer and land manager for their hardboard plant. In June 1967, Ken was transferred to the new hardboard plant in Danville, Virginia as the Wood Department Superintended and remained there for 17 ½ years until he retired in July of 1985.
Ken attributes a great deal of his success in his career to the excellent forestry education that he received at ISU. He established the scholarship endowment for sophomores.
Nomination by Iowa State Forestry faculty member only. This scholarship is open to Forestry majors who have completed at least 30 semester credits, but no more than 60 semester credits at ISU including the Forestry Sophomore Fall Series of courses. Selection is based on cumulative G.P.A earned at ISU and demonstrated leadership in Forestry.

Leon Paul Lyvers Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is open to Forestry students, with preference to students in the urban forestry option and/or participating in the arboriculture program.  Students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA.  Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating financial need via FAFSA. 

Melissa Fender Scholarship
Melissa Fender graduated from the NREM department with a B.S. degree in Forestry in 2007. During her time at Iowa State Melissa was a member of the ISU swim team and Forestry Club. Melissa was very active at Iowa State but was still able to finish her Forestry degree in just three years. Upon graduation, Melissa accepted a position with the Natural Resource Conservation Service of Dickinson County, Iowa. Sadly, Melissa passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 23.
A Bur Oak was planted outside Beyer Hall in honor of Melissa and a memorial plaque hangs in the NREM Reading Room.
This scholarship is for undergraduate students in forestry. The recipient shall demonstrate academic promise and initiative, as determined by a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The award shall be for one year.

Pack Essay Fall Forestry Camp Scholarship
This scholarship is open to Forestry majors attending fall camp. Applicants must submit a 250 or fewer word essay (typed) describing a meaningful learning experience from camp. Applications are available after camp each year and awards are given during fall semester.

Ray Buresh Scholarship
The Ray Buresh Scholarship was established in 2013 by the estate of Elaine D. Boge. This scholarship is open to all NREM students and may be renewable.

Robert E. Proctor Scholarship
A native of Story County, Iowa, Robert E. Proctor grew up on area farms and became actively involved with the Iowa 4-H program. I.T. Bode, a 1915 Forestry graduate of Iowa State College was State Forestry Extension Director and the mentor of 4-H members. Bob’s love of the outdoors and his association with 4-H and Mr. Bode sparked his interest in pursuing a career in Forestry.
Following discharge from the Air Force at the end of WWII, Bob spent 11 years with the Soil Conservation Service, working on a flood control project in northwest Iowa. Visits to family in Ames always included a drop-in visit at the Forestry Department office. It was during a December 1956 visit that the Bureau of Land Management was hiring more foresters in Oregon. In April 1957 Bob began work in the Bureau of Land Management’s Coos Bay, Oregon district.
Jean Proctor, Bob’s wife of 60 years, and their three children, Nancy Kuehn of Emporia, Kansas; John Proctor of Eugene, Oregon; and Lori Proctor-Snyder of Ottawa, Canada, wish to honor Bob and his work in Forestry by establishing the Robert E. Proctor Scholarship to give assistance to others in pursuing their interest in careers in Forestry.
Open to sophomore, junior, and senior students in Forestry who are residents of Iowa. Recipients shall demonstrate a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated financial need as determined by the ISU Office of Student Financial Aid. This scholarship may be renewed.

Sherry Fisher Award
Awarded to the outstanding J. N. "Ding" Darling, INHF Scholarship applicant. Examples of your work in this area should be described in your application or included as supporting material.

Virgil Matlack Memorial Scholarship in Forestry
This scholarship is open to all undergraduate students with a declared major in Forestry. Applicants must have an acceptable G.P.A. Selection is based on financial need.

Warren J. Lischer Scholarship
Warren J. Lischer was born on December 2, 1913 on a farm near Griswold, Iowa. He graduated from Red Oak High School in 1930 and from Red Oak Junior College in 1932. After graduation from junior college, he taught for two years in a country school near Red Oak. He received his B.S. in Agriculture from Iowa State in 1938 where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honorary Fraternity. He received his M.S. degree in Forestry from Syracuse University in 1940. Warren supported his community well by serving on the Montgomery County Board of Education for 20 years. He also served on the Montgomery County Assessor’s Board of Review, The Montgomery County Election Board and was also a Township Trustee and was active with the Farm Bureau. He was also a long time elder at the First Christian Church of Red Oak.
Warren and his wife impressed upon their children the value and importance of education. Consequently, upon their deaths, separate scholarships were endowed to honor each of them. Helen’s is at the University of Northern Iowa from which she had graduated and this award in Warren’s name at ISU.
This scholarship is open to Forestry majors who are residents of Iowa. Applicant must be a full-time student, have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, and demonstrate extracurricular achievement that emphasizes honor and service. Preference will be given to a student planning to participate in a university sponsored study abroad program during the scholarship year. Scholarship is renewable.

Xi Sigma Pi-Keith Bauer Award
Keith Allen Bauer, the son of Reverend and Mrs. Lloyd Bauer, was born March 1, 1940 in West Chester, Iowa. He grew up on a farm and attended West Chester Consolidated High School where he graduated as a Salutatorian in 1957. He attended Parsons College, served in the U.S. Army in South Korea, graduated with a B.S. in Forest Management from Iowa State University and entered the Graduate College to pursue a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degreed in Water Resources. On September 7, 1965 while returning to Iowa State after a visit with friends in Nebraska, Keith was killed in an automobile accident near Vail, Iowa.
Keith was a talented, promising young man with a deep-seated interest in the world around him. His academic achievements as an undergraduate and graduate student in Forestry were outstanding, but more importantly, Keith’s maturity, pleasant personality and subtle sense of humor marked him as a rare individual who would have contributed much to his profession and to society both as a scientist and as a responsible citizen.
This award goes to the “outstanding forestry sophomore”.