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Forestry and Environmental Resources Scholarships

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (FER) aims to provide students with academic merit or financial need with support to attend NC State. Our departmental scholarships operate independently from the university-wide merit scholarship program, the college-wide program and the various federal, state and private programs.


To be considered for a departmental scholarship, students must be a current FER student or an accepted for admission as a full-time NC State undergraduate student in our Department in one of the following majors: Environmental Sciences (ES), Environmental Technology and Management (ETM), Forest Management (FOM), Natural Resources (NRE or NRP) or Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology (SFW, SFF or FWCB). Your first major of double majors must also be in FER.

Types of Scholarships

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources Scholarship Program provides three types of awards: Academic Scholarship, Summer Camp Scholarships and Work Scholarships.

Academic Scholarships are competitively awarded based on academic merit and leadership, but financial need is also considered.

  • Minimum standards for incoming high school graduates are an un-weighted grade point average of 3.750 (based on a 4-point scale), a combined SAT score of 1250 on the math and verbal sections or a score of 25 on the ACT.
  • Transfer and current students must have a total grade point average of at least 3.500 (on a 4-point scale).
  • Academic Scholarships usually provide $4,000 – $6,000 per year, although additional funding is sometimes available to out-of-state students.
  • Academic scholarships may be renewed for the minimum number of additional semesters required to complete the current major, but not more than three additional years, provided the recipient does not change majors and earns a total grade point average of 3.500 or better.

Summer Camp Scholarships are competitively awarded based on academic merit to students attending Forestry or Wildlife Summer Camp.

  • A grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4-point scale) is required.
  • Summer Camp Scholarships usually provide $500- $1,500 toward tuition and fees at either Forestry or Wildlife Summer Camp.
  • Summer Camp Scholarship applications will be distributed at the Summer Camp Information Meeting in the spring. This meeting is mandatory before attending Summer Camp.

Work Scholarships are competitively awarded based on academic merit, leadership and ability to perform or willingness to learn forest management activities such as prescribed fire, timber inventory, road maintenance, boundary line marking, record keeping and mapping.

  • Applicants must be willing to work on most Saturdays.
  • A total grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4-point scale) is required.
  • Work Scholarships provide up to $4,800 per year, but require up to 240 hours of work on one of the college-owned forests.
  • Recipients are paid biweekly at the rate of $16 to 20 per hour until the max award has been earned.

Support Scholarships

Our goal as a college and a department is to solve the natural resources challenges that stand between us and the future. To do that, our students rely on the generous support of our alumni and friends. By supporting our students through scholarships, you make a powerful, lasting impact on their time at NC State. Your support helps us attract top students and turn them loose on our toughest problems. From scholarship support that attracts top students — and turns them loose on our toughest problems — to endowed professorships that ensure our department is home to international experts, we do extraordinary things with your help.

Endowed Scholarships 

Endowed scholarships are available to our students in specific majors. Most are based on academic achievement, professional promise, leadership potential and financial need. Annual scholarships are supported by the following endowments:

  • Stanford M. Adams – North Carolina Society of American Foresters Scholarship
  • T. Clyde & Sally Watts Auman Scholarship
  • William J. Barton and Alexander Calder, Jr. Industrial Forestry Scholarship
  • John M. and Sally Blalock Beard Scholarship
  • Butch Blanchard Scholarship
  • Robert and Regan Brown Scholarship
  • Camp Younts Foundation Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Scholarship
  • Class of 1960 Scholarship
  • Felton F. Coley Scholarship
  • Edwin F. Conger Scholarship
  • Stephen H. Conger, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Crescent Resources/Duke Energy Scholarship for Sustainable Forestry Scholarship
  • Phil Doerr Fisheries and Wildlife Scholarship
  • Robert E. Dorward Scholarship
  • Georgia-Pacific Scholarship
  • T.G. Harris/ J.P. Harper/Chesapeake Corporation Scholarship
  • Ken Hines, Jr. and Cathy Hines Scholarship
  • Sam Hughes Scholarship
  • G. Eddie Jackson Scholarship
  • Larry and Elsie Jervis Scholarship
  • Jimmy Jones/Hofmann Forest Scholarship
  • R.B. and Irene Jordan Scholarship
  • Leonard Kilian/National Association of State Foresters Scholarship
  • William R. Poole Scholarship of Distinction
  • Henry D. Smith / Canal Wood Corporation Endowed Scholarship
  • Spears-Hester Scholarship
  • T. Nelson Squires Scholarship
  • Donald and Jean Steensen Scholarship
  • Charles S. and Edith K. Sullivan Endowed Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wainhouse Memorial Scholarship
  • Bull Neck Wildlife Scholarship
  • Norman and Betty Camp Partners for Environmental Justice Scholarship
  • C. W. Comfort Memorial Fund
  • ​Ecology Wildlife Foundation Scholarship
  • Katherine Hester Award Scholarship
  • Hope Valley Forest Scholarship
  • Bob Slocum Communications Scholarship
  • William Walton and Emily Inscoe Stevens Soil Conservation Scholarship
  • Ralph C. Bryant Scholarship
  • Hare/Hofmann/Huff Champion Timberlands Scholarship
  • Friends of the Forest Scholarship
  • Victor W. Herlevich Scholarship
  • T. E. Maki-Thomas Gemmer-William Johnson Scholarship
  • John M. “Jack” Sherrill Summer Camp Scholarship in Forestry
  • North Carolina Chapter of the Wildlife Society Fisheries and Wildlife