Scholarships

Laverne Addison Endowed Scholarship Fund (FORS, RENR )

Donor:  Mr. and Mrs. John P. Easley and Patrick J. Easley '03

Laverne Addison served the students, faculty and staff in the Department of Forest Science from 1978 to 2003. As an Academic Advisor, she guided hundreds of students through their education at Texas A&M University. Whether graduate or undergraduate, former students from around the world will remember fondly their years in Forest Science primarily due to Laverne's nurturing and caring attitude. While often serving as the students' surrogate mother. Laverne knew what it took to excel at Texas A&M and selflessly shared her wisdom with everyone. Her extraordinary efforts and commitment to student welfare led the Easley family to endow this scholarship I Laverne's name.

Selection committee: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: The Easleys' preference that scholarship recipients shall be pursuing a Forest Science or Renewable Natural Resource degree.  First preference should be given to students receiving support through the Services for Students with Disabilities Office. Based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and financial need.

 

A.D. Folweiler Scholarship (FORS)
A.D. Folweiler
Alfred D. Folweiler
1902 - 1986

DONOR: A.D. FOLWEILER

A. D. Folweiler studied forestry at Penn State University, Yale, and the University of Wisconsin. Folweiler's work before coming to Texas included the U.S. Forest Service and several state forestry organizations. As a faculty member at Louisiana State University, Dr. Folweiler wrote his widely used textbook, Forest Fire in the United States. After World War II he worked with International Paper and was active in the formation of the Louisiana Forestry Association.

Dr. Folweiler was named Director of the Texas Forest Service in 1949, holding the position until his retirement in 1967. Folweiler formed the first forest tree improvement program in the South. The Texas Forest Service achieved an outstanding record in forest fire prevention and control under his guidance. He also fostered what would become county and regional forest landowner associations in Texas. Folweiler was active in the Texas Forestry Association and served as president of the National Association of State Foresters. He was a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters.

Selection committee: Texas Forest Service

Recipients: A sophomore or higher (in hours) student seeking a degree in Forestry. Scholarship open to sophomore and above with an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater with at least 24 hours of course work completed at TAMU. The ideal candidate would show character and dedication to the forestry profession, high academic, achievement, and financial need. Applicants must not expect to graduate prior to the end of the academic year for which the scholarship is being awarded.

First awarded in 1981 to Jimmy D. Crawford.

 

Mary and G.G. "Hoot" Gibson '29 Forestry Scholarship (FORS)

Mary-Hoot-GibsonDonor: Mary Gibson to establish the Mary and G.G. "Hoot" Gibson Scholarship matched by the College of Agriculture Development Council Scholarship Matching Program (COADC).

George Gilford "Hoot" Gibson and Mary taught by example. They spent a career preserving the land and improving the world in which they lived. Mr. Gibson attended Texas A&M. He was Calvary Troop C, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Husbandry and became class agent for the class of 1929. He attended Iowa State for a Master of Science degree in Dairy Science. Mary Lucille Beard, a charming coed who worked in the Student Union, caught his eye and soon his heart. They married in 1934 and returned to Austin for Mr. Gibson to attend Law School at The University of Texas.

Mr. Gibson became a Dairy Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and moved to Bryan. In 1949 Mr. Gibson was named Director of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. He was named Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture in 1952 and later Director Emeritus of the Agricultural Extension Service.

He served with the Agency for International Development serving in Pakistan, Ceylon, India and Washington D.C.

When he retired they moved to the Mustang Prairie and in 1979 began planting pine seedlings and turned the entire acreage into a Tree Farm. They became members of the Texas Forestry Association in 1966 and Life Members in 1977. They help launch the Trinity County Forest Landowner Association in 1982.

Mr. Gibson died July 28, 1999 at the age of 91.

After Mr. Gibson's death Mrs. Gibson honored her husband and his years of service in the field of Forestry and Agriculture with this wonderful scholarship.

Mary Gibson died April 3, 2009.

Selection committee: Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: The purpose of this gift is to provide for one or more undergraduate scholarships for worthy and deserving students in forestry.

 

Charles B. and Jean G. Smith, Jr. Endowed Scholarship (RLEM, RENR, ECOR)

Charles and Jean SmithDonor: Charles B. and Jean G. Smith

Charles and Jean Smith of Sugar Land, Texas didn't attend Texas A&M University but consider themselves friends of the University. The Smiths made their living from their business, Data Inc., a business that collected and sold regional geophysical data for the oil and gas industry. Their interest in Texas A&M comes from friendships they made during 18 years they owned and operated the C-J Ranch, Leona, Texas, raising registered Charolais cattle. Jean and Charlie think very highly of Texas A&M, and see the University as a great place for their grandchildren to get a first rate education. The Smiths two granddaughters, Heather Haliburton Janke '00 and Kristen Ditta '05.

Selection committee: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: Full time and in good standing and have financial need.


Toby and Barbara C. Hinesley '81 Endowed Scholarship

Donor:  Toby and Barbara Hinesley '81 and Marsha Roose

The Hinesley's family and friends honored the couple's 50th birthdays by establishing the scholarship to allow for a legacy for young people. The couple is a die hard Aggie tailgaters. Barbara comes from a family of Aggies and Toby is a "step-Aggie"! The couple is involved with various shooting and gun clubs. The Hinesley's chose ESSM for several reasons, but the main reason to give back to TAMU is that worldwide there is a need to understand land use to maximize its potential but minimize impact for both food production increase and land preservation. The programs in ESSM best exemplified what they are working toward within their small ecosystem and can be applied on a much grander scale.

Selection Committee: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: Pursuing a degree from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management with emphasis in Rangeland Ecology and Management (RLEM, RMO and RRO). Ecological Restoration, or Spatial Sciences, along with participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities, with preference for participation in youth/collegiate shooting programs. This is a four year award.

 

Garlyn O. Hoffman Memorial Scholarship in Range Mgmt. (ECOR, RENR, RLEM)

Garlyn-O-HoffmanDonor: Dow Chemical Company and other individual donations in memory of Mr.Garlyn Hoffman

Mr. Hoffman was the second employee in Range Extension and was hired in the 1950's as the first State Brush and Weed Control Specialist in 1967.  Mr. Hoffman made unselfish contributions to the Extension effort, the Texas A&M University Agricultural Extension Service, and the State of Texas. He was the most reliable source of information on effectiveness of chemical brush control methods. He was instrumental in the development of strong educational programs for the leaders of the future both as an Extension specialist and as a professional in the Society for Range Management.  While a local county agent, he conveived plant identification and range judging contests for youth groups. From his original local contest Mr. Hoffman developed state programs and gave strong leadership in the development of the annual international judging contest first held by the Society for Range Management in Okahoma in 1956

Mr. Hoffman has authored and co-authored many research and extension publications used throughout Texas and the nation dealing with all aspects of rangeland resources and range management. He was instrumental in developing an annual youth Range Camp that he donducted for many years.

B.S  Range and Forestry 1948 Texas A&M University

M.S. Range Management 1954 Texas A&M University Extension Experience 1948 - 1979

Dow Chemical Company 1956-1970 advisor

United State Air Force - Lt Col Retired    Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, ETO with three battle stars, Air Medal with three clusters and many more honors.

Range and Forestry Club - First President 1947 - 48

Mr. Hoffman died in College Station, Texas - Brazos County 1980

Selection committee: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: Must be a Junior or Senior (in hours) and have a GPA of 2.75 or above at TAMU in Rangeland Ecology.  Criteria will be based on financial need, scholarship and leadership achievements.  Must be a U.S. citizen.

Mabern David Humphrey, Jr. '50 Endowed Memorial Scholarship (ECOR, RELM, FORS, RENR, SPSA)

Donor: Mrs. Ruth Humphrey

Mr. Humphrey was born in Texas in 1929, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1950 and received his master's degree in Agricultural Economics in 1954. He spent 35 years as a statistician with the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. He was a member of TAMU Association of Former Students and the Texas Forestry Association. After retiring Mr. Humphrey enjoyed spending time managing, planting and harvesting timber. After his death in 1997, a memorial scholarship was established in his name.

Selection committee: Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: A full-time Junior or Senior (in hours) who has completed at least one semester at TAMU. Must be in good academic standing

 

Tommy B. and Lucille Jackson Slaughter Foundation No.2 Scholarship (FORS)

Donor: Tommy B. & Lucille Jackson Slaughter

When Tommy Slaughter passed away in June 2006, people of Marshall, Texas, paid tribute to his multifaceted life. He was a dedicated, 38-year employee of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a successful forester and a decorated World War II veteran. Because of his generosity, students at Texas A&M University will benefit for many years to come. Established in March 2006, the Tommy B. and Lucille Jackson Slaughter Foundation No. 2 provides scholarships for students majoring in forest science.

Mr. Slaughter raised timber and was an excellent hands-on forester. He had no children of his own and wanted to help students study forestry.

Selection committee: Board of Directors may select or may delegate such selection to those nominated by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: Completed 28 hours of course work taken at or transferred to TAMU with a minimum 3.0 GPR. Pursuing a degree leading to a degree in Forestry. Must be enrolled in at least 14 hours in both long semesters with a 3.0 GPR or better.

A student's continued eligibility for a scholarship is conditioned upon the student's (1) enrollment in and completion of not less than 14 course hours during a regular semester: (2) maintaining a cumulative-grade point average of 3.0 or more; and (3) continued pursuit of a course of study under a degree plan leading to a degree in Forestry Sciences at Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas.

 

W. Goodrich Jones Memorial Scholarship Forestry Fund (FORS)
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W. Goodrich Jones
1860 - 1950

"THE FATHER OF TEXAS FORESTRY"

Donor: Luther Goodrich and Doris Goodrich  - Donated in 1955 to Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas

William Goodrich Jones is considered the Father of Forestry in Texas. Jones, a banker in Temple, Texas, had a special love for trees. During his youth the family lived in Germany, where Jones visited with rangers and forestry workers in the Black Forest. Back in Texas, W. Goodrich Jones promoted the management techniques he had seen as a boy. In 1889 B.E. Fernow, chief of the US Bureau of Forestry, enlisted Jones to make a forest survey of the Pineywoods of Texas.

W. Goodrich lobbied lumbermen and the legislature to create what would become the Texas Forest Service in 1915. A major force was the Texas Forestry Association, spearheaded by Jones in 1914. He served as president of TFA until 1921. Jones also promoted a state Arbor Day designation.
Jones was born in New York in 1860. He earned a degree in business from Princeton, and started in the banking business in Galveston before moving to Temple. W. Goodrich Jones died in 1950.

W. Goodrich Jones is known as "The Father of Texas Forestry". He founded the Texas Forestry Association to promote good forest management in the state. The Texas Forest Service was originally created by the Legislature as the Department of Forestry at the urging and direction of Mr. Jones and the Texas Forestry Association

Selection committee: Director of Texas A&M Forest Service

Recipient: Will be elected based on outstanding academic ability, integrity and character, professional promise, financial need and scholarship.  Recipient must be a junior or senior (in hours), legal resident of Texas and be enrolled full time and in good standing with the university.

 

Texas Forestry Association - W. Goodrich Jones Memorial Forestry Award (FORS)
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W. Goodrich Jones
1860 - 1950

Donor: Texas Forestry Association

William Goodrich Jones is considered the Father of Forestry in Texas. Jones, a banker in Temple, Texas, had a special love for trees. During his youth the family lived in Germany, where Jones visited with rangers and forestry workers in the Black Forest. Back in Texas, W. Goodrich Jones promoted the management techniques he had seen as a boy. In 1889 B.E. Fernow, chief of the US Bureau of Forestry, enlisted Jones to make a forest survey of the Pineywoods of Texas.

W. Goodrich lobbied lumbermen and the legislature to create what would become the Texas Forest Service in 1915. A major force was the Texas Forestry Association, spearheaded by Jones in 1914. He served as president of TFA until 1921. Jones also promoted a state Arbor Day designation. Jones was born in New York in 1860. He earned a degree in business from Princeton, and started in the banking business in Galveston before moving to Temple. W. Goodrich Jones died in 1950.

The Texas Forestry Association has awarded scholarships to outstanding forestry students for the past 42 years. The scholarship fund is designed to help train professional foresters who are dedicated to the task of perpetuating, extending, and improving the timber supply and economy of Texas. Beginning in 1984, the award was recognized as the Texas Forestry Association - W. Goodrich Jones Scholarship, in honor of their founder.

Selection committee: Texas Forestry Association

Recipient: Outstanding senior (in hours) enrolled full time and in good standing with at least 24 hours of course work completed at TAMU.  The ideal candidate would show character and dedication to the forestry profession, high academic achievement, and financial need.

 

Bruce R. Miles Endowed Scholarship (FORS)
Bruce R. Miles
Bruce R. Miles

Donor: Mr. Bruce R. Miles

Bruce R. Miles graduated with a Bachelor of Forestry degree in 1958, through a cooperative scholarship program between Texas A & M University and Louisiana State University. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Field Artillery, he joined the Texas Forest Service in 1959, and rose through the ranks from assistant forester to director of the agency in 1981. He served as the 6th State Forester of Texas until his retirement in 1996, whereupon he was bestowed the prestigious title of Director Emeritus by the Texas A & M System. Miles was a delegate of the United States to the IX World Forestry Congress in Mexico City in 1986 and is a member of the Mexico-Texas Exchange Commission. During his 37-year career he was responsible for many innovative forest management programs including the enactment of an industry-funded tree planting program, the Texas Reforestation Foundation. He was responsible for the development of a statewide wildfire control program, and an effective pest/beetle control program.

Bruce's awards include: Gifford Pinchot Medal in 1997 by the Society of American Foresters, Distinguished Service to Forestry Award from the Texas Society of American Foresters in 1981, and the Distinguished Performance Award for Administration in 1982 from the Texas A & M System.

 

Selection committee: Texas A&M Forest Service

Recipient: Full-time student in good academic standing. Open to all sophomore, junior, and senior students with a forestry major. Must have a GPA 2.0 or greater and completed at least 24 semester hours of coursework at Texas A&M University. Must not expect to graduate prior to the end of the academic year for which the scholarship is being awarded. The committee will consider the financial need, character and dedication to the profession of forestry, and academic achievement.

 

Range Science Memorial Scholarship (ECOR, RENR, RLEM)

Rangeland Ecology and Management Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Mr. William S. Harte

Established by the Department of Range Science to honor deceased staff members. It was established initially to honor:

  • Vernon A. Young
  • Emory S. Young
  • Omer E. Sperry
  • Robert R. Rhode
  • Garlyn O. Hoffman
  • Frank W. Gould
  • David G. Wilson

The fund was established from donation by William S. Harte, which was added to existing memorial funds for former faculty and staff members. The endowed scholarship is used to provide a scholarship to an undergraduate majoring in Range Science at Texas A&M University.

April 25, 2006 Dr. Jerry W. Stuth Memorial Contribution The Stuth family requested that donations be sent to Rangeland Ecology and Management Memorial Scholarship.

September 27, 2009 William C. "Neil" Braid Memorial Mr. Braid's son Bryan Braid and family requested that funds be sent in his honor. Wm. Braid was Mr. Wayne Hamilton MA student. Mr. Hamilton met him on a RS 421 field trip to the Sid Goodloe Ranch at Captain N.M. in the early 80's. Mr. Hamilton said "He loved ranching and ranch management".

Selection committee: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: Must to be enrolled full time in Rangeland Ecology. Citizens of the United State of America. Selection of students will be based on financial need, scholarship and leadership achievements. Freshman recipients need to be in the upper 25% of their high school class. Transfer or upperclassmen students must have maintained at least a 2.75 GPR.

Robert R. Rhodes Forestry Alumni Scholarship (FORS)

Donor: Forestry Alumni Association

Born in Mississippi, Robert R. Rhodes was a ling-time faculty member of Texas A&M who contributed much to the University's forestry and range programs. Mr. Rhodes came to A&M in 1946 to obtain a master degree and remained as a professor until his retirement in 1976. He passed away September 5, 1977.

July 23, 1977, the Texas A&M University Alumni Association was organized and it was decided that an undergraduate scholarship be established in honor of Mr. Rhodes. Mr. Rhodes once said that his fondest memories were the years he spent at A&M.

Selection committee: Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: Forestry major. Completed as of the end of the current semester, at least 60 semester hours of coursework including at least 10 semester hours in forestry. Must have completed at least 24 semester hours of coursework taken at Texas A&M University. Must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 based on coursework taken at Texas A&M University.

Nell S. and A.H. "Fred" Walker '36 Range Science Scholarship (RLEM)

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Donor:  Fred Walker

Mr. Fred Walker became the first Range Extension Specialist in the United States and started the Range Extension Program in Texas A&M University in 1947.

Selection committee: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: Deserving student making satisfactory progress toward a degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management and ongoing development activities for the benefit of the fund.  The preference is for students in financial need with at least 2.5GPA.

 

Joseph L. Schuster Leadership in Rangeland Mgmt. (ECOR, RENR, RLEM)

Donor:   Joseph L. and Sylvia A. Schuster

The Schuster scholarship was established in Dr. Joseph Schuster's honor for his dedicated work as a former department head in Rangeland Ecology and Management.

Selection Committee: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: Enrolled full-time student who demonstrates leadership through participation in intercollegiate team competition, student club leadership, or other student leadership activities and for ongoing development activities for the benefit of the fund. Maintains a minimum 3.0 GPR at TAMU. Student must be a full-time student in good academic standing.

 

Charles J. Scifres Memorial Scholarship

Charles J. Scifres Memorial Scholarship (ESSM all majors)

Donors: Julia Kardell, Family, and Friends

The Charles J. Scifres Memorial Scholarship was established in July 2003 with memorial gifts in the name of Dr. Scifres.

Dr. Charles J. Scifres began his post-graduate career in 1968 with the Range Science Department of Texas A&M University. He was named professor in 1976 and was named the Thomas M. O’Connor Professor of Range Science in 1982 until his death. Dr. Scifres was the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Agriculture Program at Texas A&M University.

Selection committee: Faculty and /or staff of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management appointed by the Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or his/her designee.

Recipients: Students enrolled full-time in Ecosystem Science and Management. Students in good standing pursuing a degree in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Selection will be in accordance with University policy on the basis of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and financial need. Freshman recipients need to be in the upper 25 percent of their high school class. Transfer or upperclassmen recipients must have maintained a GPR of 3.0 or higher.

James B. Skinner Memorial Scholarship

 

James B. Skinner Memorial Scholarship   (COADC)

 Donors:  Debora F. ’79 and Mack C. Skinner ‘79

 Selection committee: Committee of faculty and/or staff of Texas A&M University in accordance with University policy.

 Recipients: Demonstrated academic achievement. Demonstrated financial need.

Must be a Texas resident studying within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Recipient must maintain an overall GPR of 3.0 annually to receive the scholarship. The scholarship is intended to be awarded to the same student over multiple years for a maximum of eight consecutive semesters.

Additional selection preferences: Donor prefers a student majoring in Ecosystem Science and Management (ESSM) or Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (WFSC).

Southland Paper Mills Foundation Scholarship (FORS)

Donor: Southland Paper Mills, Inc.

The scholarship was established in 1986 by Southland Paper Mills, Inc. Southland Paper was the first mill established near Lufkin, Texas in 1939 to produce "white paper" and newsprint from southern pines. By 1919 they were the leaders in producing "white paper and second in producing newsprint. This scholarship is offered to recruit and retain outstanding students in Forestry.

Selection committee: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Recipient: Completed 60 hours by the end of spring semester, 10 hours in FORS (included in 60 total), with 24 TAMU hours with a minimum 2.5 GPR on those hours. Must also be a full-time student in good academic standing.

 

Forrest S. Warren Memorial Scholarship (College)

Donor: Gilbert Watz

The Warren scholarship was established to honor Mr. Warren as a successful rancher and oil businessman.

Mr. Watz died in 2011