Congratulations to our 2014 Ben Meadows Natural Resource Scholarship winners!

"The Ben Meadows Natural Resources Scholarships provide two $2,500 awards, one for leadership and one based on academic achievement for juniors or seniors enrolled full time in a Natural Resources curriculum at the baccalaureate level. The scholarships are administered by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Meet this year's winners:
Hannah 2014 Recipient for the Academic Scholarship

Our 2014 Academic Scholarship goes to Hannah, who attends West Virginia University. Hannah is pursuing a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, with minors in Conservation Ecology, Biology and English. She is currently the President of the WVU student chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and Secretary of the WVU student chapter of The Wildlife Society. In addition to being an Honorable Mention Udall Scholar and WVU Honors College Presidential Scholar, her academic honors include receiving the National Merit Scholarship, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Scholarship, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Award, National Garden Clubs Scholarship, and WVU Merit Scholarship. Over the summer, Hannah participated in the Biology REU program at Kansas State University, investigating the effects of grassland management strategies on dickcissel territoriality.

Ashley 2014 Scholarship Recipient for Leadership

Our 2014 Leadership Scholarship goes to Ashlee, who attends Michigan Technological University. Ashlee is pursuing a double major in Forestry and Applied Ecology & Environmental Science. She is currently the Alumni Relations officer of the SAF's student chapter at Michigan Tech, and the former Treasurer of the school's Wildland Fire Club. She is also the President and founding member of the first student chapter of the Forest Guild at Michigan Tech and had the honor of leading a group of five students to the National Convention in Burlington, Vermont. Her leadership activities include spearheading the movement to make the school's forest Model Forest Certified with the Forest Guild—making it the only one with that distinction in Michigan. Other projects include marking timber in Seney National Wildlife Refuge and ongoing forest stewardship activities such as invasive species management. In the coming year, Ashlee hopes to inspire students to join the Forest Guild and start student chapters across the nation.

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