Make a gift to the Department of Forest Resources

Donating to the University of Minnesota’s Department of Forest Resources helps us maintain and enrich our programs. Gifts like yours fund scholarships for our our students and resources for our faculty to increase our knowledge of forests ecosystems, develop sustainable natural resource practices, and connect people to the outdoors. Your continued support has helped make our program one of the top in the country. We couldn't do it without you.

Give to the General Support Fund
The General Support Fund (#1878) provides supplemental funding toward the programming and operations of the Department of Forest Resources. This funding may be used to support operations, teaching, research, special projects, fellowships, scholarships, faculty and staff positions, and development efforts in the department.

Give to the Scholarship Fund
The Scholarship Fund (#1872) supports students majoring in Forest and Natural Resource Management, Urban and Community Forestry, and Recreation Resource Management at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Give to the Graduate Fellowship Fund
The Graduate Fellowship Fund (Fund #2135) supports Department of Forest Resources graduate students interested in forest and natural resources science and management, including students with financial need, and/or veterans of active duty in the United States Armed Forces or the Peace Corps.

The Department of Forest Resources is grateful to all those who generously contribute to the success of the department and its students. If you have any questions about making a gift, or if you would like to set up a new fund, please contact us.

Amy Alch
CFANS Senior Gift Officer
amyalch@umn.edu | (612) 625-2924

Mike Kilgore
Forest Resources Department Head
mkilgore@umn.edu | (612) 624 6298


 

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Additional Department of Forest Resources Scholarship Funds

The Bob Ruckdashel and Ron Henderson Memorial Fund (Fund #23651) provides financial support to part-time or full-time undergraduate degree seeking students attending the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences studying towards a degree in Forest and Natural Resource Sciences. Priority will be given to students participating in an approved experiential learning opportunity such as field courses required for their major.

The Class of '57 Scholarship (Fund #6734) provides assistance to full-time undergraduate students studying forest ecosystems and resources. (Funds are administered at the College level with preference for Forest Resources students.)

The Edward L. Lawson Scholarship (Fund #7713) supports full-time undergraduates studying Forest Resources who show academic promise.

The Forestry Alumni Scholarship Fund (Fund #20191) supports undergraduate students and their student organizations in the Forestry and Natural Resource Management curriculum. Scholarships given to students who show the greatest promise, motivation and interest and to those with significant financial need. Consideration given to veterans.

The Forestry Club Scholarship (Fund #2151) provides scholarship support for students enrolled in the Forest Resources curriculum and/or members of the Forestry Club. Funds may also be used to support programs. 

The Forest Resources Experiential Learning Scholarship (Fund# 22908) funds scholarships to Forest Resource undergraduate students for experiential learning opportunities.

The Frank H. & Ione Mossman Kaufert Forestry Education (Fund #1209) benefits seniors majoring in forestry or forest products who have a GPA of 3.2 or better, are within two semesters of graduation, and have demonstrated leadership and professional promise. (Funds administered at the College level.)

The Franklin E. Star Recreation Resource Management Scholarship (Fund #8517) provides support to students studying Recreation Resource Management who show academic promise or financial need with preference given toward veterans and promotion of diversity.

The James L. and Louanne S. Brooks Fund (Fund #21272) provides financial support to undergraduate students in their junior or senior year who are A.) enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. B.) working toward a degree in Forest and Natural Resource Management. C.) who have strong professional promise, including demonstrated strong written and spoken communication skills. D.) preference will be given for students with an emphasis on hardwood management.

The Joe Swamp, Jr. Scholarship (Fund #8139) is awarded only to undergraduate forestry students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences in accordance with the College's regular scholarship program. In keeping with the donor's wishes, initial preference will be given to graduates of schools in Joint School District 8 of Wisconsin.

The Ken Merriam Scholarship (Fund #1794) supports development of the professional education, assistance, and guidance for a deserving physically handicapped Forestry student or Recreation Resource Management student in completing an undergraduate degree.

The Kenneth E. Winsness Memorial (Fund #3484) provides scholarship support to students enrolled in the Forest Resources curriculum. 

The Marvin W. Pearson Forest Resources Fund (Fund #20385) provides financial support to students enrolled at the University according to the following criteria: a) full-time, b) undergraduate students who are upperclassman or graduate students in the Master's program (freshman students are not eligible), c) enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, d) studying Forest Resources, e) the award may be renewable provided the recipient demonstrates satisfactory progress toward a degree.

The Raymond J. & Carol V. Wood Forest Resources Scholarship (Fund #5738) benefits students who demonstrate broad interest in and exposure to the full range of forest management education, such as wildlife management, water resources, receration, and forest ecology. Financial need, academics, and involvement are considered.

The Rene N. Settergren Forest Resources Scholarship (Fund #6205) benefits full-time undergraduates studying forest resources with a focus on the Cloquet field session programs. (Funds administered at the College level with preference for Forest Resources students.)

The Theodore Allen Weidenfeller Forest Resources Scholarshi (Fund #8799) will provide payments to undergraduate students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the U of M according to the following guidelines: Students with strong academic standing and promise. In accordance with the donors' wishes, preference will be given to junior or senior undergraduate students from Minnesota with excellent communication skills (both written and spoken) studying for a degree in Forest Resources. Preference will be given to students focusing on forest management, especially those with experience and/or strong interest in hands-on, field-oriented, natural resource management.

The Thomas H. and Janelle M. Schnadt Scholarship Fund (Fund #23804) provides financial support to full-time or part-time; c) undergraduate degree seeking students attending the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities enrolled enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences studying towards a degree in Forest and Natural Resource Management or its successor who are able to demonstrate financial need and/or academic merit. Preference will be given for an entering first year or transfer students who embody dedication and interest in resource conservation and management.

The Thomas L. Mielke-Weyerhaeuser Scholarship (Fund #4826) provides a scholarship for undergraduate Forestry students in honor of Thomas L. Mielke upon his retirement from the Weyerhaeuser Company.

The Thomas R. Evans Family Memorial Scholarship in Forestry (Fund #21410) provides financial support to part-time and full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences studying toward a major in Forest & Natural Resource Management with a specialization in Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation who demonstrate both financial need and academic merit.

The Thomas W. French Memorial (Fund #1586) benefits students pursuing degrees in forest resources. The Department of Forest Resources Scholarship Committee will select the recipient(s).

The William R. Miles Scholarship in Forestry (Fund #1284) is awarded to a student in Forestry during the spring of their junior year. 

The Wayne E. Brandt Forest Industry Scholarship (Fund #21513) recognizes the tremendous example and contributions of Wayne E. Brandt 1957 - 2019 in shaping forest resources management and policy in Minnesota. Wayne served nearly 30 years as executive vice president of Minnesota Forest Industries and the Minnesota Timber Producers Association, and was a major force in shaping positive change in government policy and programs. The scholarship supports CFANS undergraduates who are studying in the Forest Ecosystem Management & Conservation track, with preference for students who share Wayne's passion for forest industry and management and/or those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Additional Department of Forest Resources Graduate Fellowship Funds

The Dorothy H. Anderson Fellowship (Fund #8016) provides payments to full-time graduate students at the University of Minnesota according to the following guidelines: Recipients of the award shall be: a) full-time graduate students enrolled in the Department of Forest Resources in the Natural Resources Sciences and Management (NRSM) Graduate Program working toward a graduate degree; b) in good academic standing; c) with exceptional potential in their field; d) preferred areas of study and research could include economics, policy, management and society; e) additional areas of emphasis may include assessment, monitoring, and geospatial analysis or closely-related areas, as track names may change.

The Dr. Carl A. Mohn Graduate Award Fund (Fund #23444) provides financial support to full-time graduate degree seeking students attending the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciencesstudying towards a degree in the Natural Resources Science and Management graduate program with a research focus in forest resources and working under a faculty advisor in the Department of Forest Resources or its successor. Preference will be given to students interested in forest genetics and tree improvement and are able to demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

The Frederick & Philip Noel Knorr Graduate Fellowship Concerning Forests and/or Trees (Fund #5348) supports graduate students in forestry with undergraduate degrees from the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington.  Students must also demonstrate at least two years of non-academic experience in forestry or related fields, such as the biological or earth sciences or measurements such as photogrammetry or statistics.  

The Henry L. Hansen Forest Ecology Fellowship I (Fund #4462) will fund an endowed fellowship for students interested in forest ecology with preference for graduate students, but can be awarded to undergraduate students if the committee sees an opportunity to encourage outstanding work. When possible, this fund should be awarded in conjunction with fund #5613.

The Henry L. Hansen Forest Ecology Fellowship II (Fund #5613) will fund an endowed fellowship for graduate students with outstanding potential to work in forest ecology in CFANS.  When possible, this fund should be awarded in conjunction with fund #4462.  

The Josephine and Waldermore Mohl (Fund #5208) supports a student in the Forestry Graduate Program. Criteria will be academic and career potential and need. Candidates include currently enrolled students and new applicants. 

The Marvin E. Bauer Remote Sensing & Geospatial Analysis Fellowship (Fund #9036) provides financial support to full-time graduate students enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences studying Natural Resource Science and Management (NRSM) with a focus in Forest Resources who demonstrate academic promise in their field of study. A preference will be given to students with an interest in the areas of study related to digital remote sensing or geospatial analysis. The award may be renewable, provided the recipient demonstrates satisfactory progress toward a degree.

The Merle P. Meyer Fellowship in Forest Resources (Fund #5636) is a graduate fellowship in honor of Prof. Emeritus Merle P. Meyer for students interested in forest resource management.

The Peter F. Ffolliott Graduate Fellowship in Forest Resources (Fund #6534) supports graduate students in good academic standing and actively pursuing degrees, or very promising students the Department wishes to recruit, and will be selected annually, based on the following criteria prioritized in this order: 1) A student who shows the greatest promise, motivation, and interest in integrated natural resources management, especially in the areas of watershed management, agroforestry, and multiple use. If no such student is identified, the award may benefit students with interests in closely-related areas; 2) The donor wishes to benefit those graduate students with significant financial needs; 3) Consideration may also be given to veterans of active duty in the United States Armed Forces or Peace Corps. May be used for tuition, fees, books, and student housing or other needs as allowable for such fellowships by the University of Minnesota. 

The R. A. Skok Education Fund (Fund #3523) supports programming for students to enhance their leadership capabilities in the field of Renewable Natural Resources Policy. Serves to support outside lecturers for credit courses that will provide students the opportunity to interact with the community of natural resource interests involved in important issues for Minnesota and the Nation. This fund may also be used to provide fellowship support for graduate students advised or co-advised by Forest Resources Department faculty whose research focuses on important economics or policy questions regarding renewable natural resources use and management.

The Thomas Eugene Avery Graduate Fellowship in Forest Resources (Fund #5458) supports graduate students in good academic standing and actively pursuing degrees, or very promising students the Department wishes to recruit, and will be selected annually, based on the following criteria prioritized in this order: 1) The student who shows the greatest promise, motivation and interest in technical writing about natural resources for the print media.  If no students with writing promise are available in a given year, the award may instead benefit students with a particular interest in forest inventory; 2) The donor wishes to benefit those students with significant financial need; 3) Consideration may also be given to veterans of 2 years active duty in the Armed Forces or the Peace Corps.

Additional General Support and Special Project Funds

Ann G. Salovich Fund for the Department of Forest Resources (Fund #6303) Ann Salovich enjoyed nature and cared deeply for our environment, especially the beauty and health of our landscapes. She wanted her bequest to advance knowledge and create best stewardship practices with regard to human impacts on the environment.

The Catherine S. Hill Fund for the Department of Forest Resources (Fund #1121) supports forestry research and education initiatives and priorities established by the Department of Forest Resources and its successor entity. Initiatives and priorities will be determined by a process developed by the department head in consultation with the department faculty.

​​​The Center for Hardwood Ecology (Fund #4288) will be a cooperative unit between CFANS & CBS with administrative responsibility in CFANS-Forest Resources. It will examine old growth hardwood forests in the Upper Midwest. Please contact Mike Kilgore for contributions to this fund.

The Forest and Natural Resource Management Study Abroad Fund (Fund #21582) is a discretionary fund to support the Forest & Natural Resource Management Study Abroad in the Department of Forest Resources.

The Forest Resources Remote Sensing Fund (Fund #21950) supports the remote sensing area in the Department of Forest Resources.

The Forest Resources Strategic Investment Fund (Fund #4391) will be used to support Forest Resources research and education programs.

The Hazel Thorson Stoick Stoeckeler Endowed Fund for Design, Forestry and Art (Fund #7078) is to provide discretionary support in three areas: design, forestry and art. This fund may be used at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Design and Heads of the Department of Forest Resources (CFANS) and the Department of Art (CLA) for purposes which support the understanding of global contributions in design, forestry or art.

The Marvin E. Bauer Faculty Fund in Remote Sensing of Natural Resources (Fund #21249) provides faculty support to the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Department of Forest Resources for work related to remote sensing of natural resources.

The Persha Forest Resources Fund (Fund #21743) supports the U of M CFANS and specifically the Dept of Forest Resources in their efforts to recruit and retain students, offer experiential learning experiences for students, provide student scholarships and/or fellowships, and support education and outreach of programs in the department.

The Tree Care Advisor Program (Fund #8987) pays for training materials for the Tree Care Advisor Program.

The Youth Engagement in Arboriculture (YEA) Fund (Fund #22328) supports the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Youth Engagement in Arboriculture YEA, an outreach and recruitment program designed to welcome and inspire Minnesota youth, especially those from underrepresented minority communities, to pursue careers in arboriculture.