The Fran Ward Women in Arboriculture Scholarship Program provides financial support for university and college students through scholarships to foster a greater appreciation of shade trees and promote the science and practice of professional arboriculture in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Applicants must be enrolled in a major, minor, option, or program related to the practice of arboriculture and urban forestry at an accredited college or university.
Scholarship award amounts are $5,000 each. The award is non-renewable, but can be applied for annually. All awards will be paid directly to the educational institution attended by the recipient, in full, after required documentation has been submitted. A student may apply for both the Fran Ward Women in Arboriculture and Horace M. Thayer Scholarships, but no student may receive both scholarships concurrently. Awards may only be applied to tuition expense, and applicants may not request scholarships greater than the anticipated amount of their tuition expense for the academic year in which the grants will be paid.
All of the following criteria must be met to qualify:
- Returning to the second year of a two-year program or at least the second year of a four-year program at an accredited college or university and be currently enrolled in a major, minor, option, or program of arboriculture, horticulture, forestry, urban forestry, or related field.
- 2.5 GPA minimum
- Preference will be given to students from, living or studying in Pennsylvania or Delaware
TREE Fund will accept applications only between January 15 and March 15, 2020. To apply, send an email containing a brief (no more than 100 words) introduction of yourself (e.g. name, school, year, expected graduation date, and applicable work information) to firstname.lastname@example.org. TREE Fund staff will confirm eligibility for consideration, and if you qualify, will send you a numbered application form for your use. You may apply for more than one TREE Fund Scholarship on a single application form.
Upon completion of this application form, you will save a Word version for your records, then create a PDF version of the completed document with title in the format “Your Surname, Scholarship Program, Application Number” (e.g. “Smith, Ward, #20-023”), and email it as an attachment to email@example.com with a PDF of your reference letters (two required), and your academic transcript. Staff will confirm receipt of your application at that time.
Applicants will need the following information to complete the form. (Note well that word count limits are firm and absolute. Exceeding word counts may result in your application being rejected before review. Applicants should compose their text in Word or related systems that allow counts to be confirmed before they are placed in the application form.)
- Educational standing and enrollment status
- History of scholarships and extracurricular activities
- Essay describing your reasons for pursuing your chosen career, your goals and objectives, and why you should be chosen for this scholarship (maximum 1000 words)
- Current transcript
- Two letters of recommendation or contact information for people who will provide them (one must be from your academic advisor)
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
TREE Fund and the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of of the International Society of Arboriculture are particularly interested in having its scholarship recipients begin and remain in careers in arboriculture, urban forestry, or related green industries. Applicant essays should provide TREE Fund with a sense of the student’s career aspirations and plans within these industries, and academic, work and extracurricular activities should reflect commitment toward this goal.
Applications will be evaluated by TREE Fund’s Education Committee. Members of this committee will rate applications using the following rubric:
- Cumulative GPA: 20 points
- Essay: 30 points
- Advisor Letter of Recommendation: 20 points
- Second Letter of Recommendation: 15 points
- Potential for continuing career in arboriculture, urban forestry, or related fields: 15 points
- Total Maximum Possible Score: 100 points.
Recommendations on scholarship awards will be presented to the TREE Fund Board of Trustees in May 2020 and will be announced within two weeks of their decision.
TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin. Current trustees of TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such trustee are ineligible to receive scholarships from TREE Fund.
AWARD NOTIFICATION AND FUND DISTRIBUTION
Recipients will be notified within two weeks of the TREE Fund Board of Trustees’ award decision. The award letter will include instructions on submitting acceptance information for the scholarship award.
Upon TREE Fund’s receipt of the acceptance information, 50% of scholarship payment will be made to the institution. The balance of the award will be made after fall semester grades and re-enrollment are confirmed with TREE Fund.