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Student Diversity Scholarships

The Student Diversity Scholarship program is designed to promote leadership skills and create a community for those students involved. The program involves attending the SAF National Convention and participating in a series of activities focused on developing leadership and networking skills; opportunities to interact with leaders; and an opportunity to participate as a future leader in SAF.

The scholarship program includes a stipend to help fund the cost to attend the SAF National Convention such as registration, tickets to events, and shared hotel accommodation. The scholarship also includes a complimentary year of SAF membership.

Each student will be paired with a mentor who is a career natural resource professional for the duration of convention. These mentoring relationships will continue for at least the year following the convention (most continue beyond that point). These mentoring relationships help students to grow their new networks. Past Student Diversity Ambassadors have discovered employment opportunities and funding for graduate education through their relationships with their mentors.


  • Enrolled in an undergraduate (associate or bachelor’s degree) or graduate program (masters or PhD degree). 
  • Interested in forestry, natural resources, terrestrial ecosystems and/or other related fields as a career.
  • Meet the diversity criteria as described: “…to encourage the involvement in the profession of a variety of people in terms of race, ethnic background, religion, age, gender, and those disabled, as well as the diversity of geography, employer groups, philosophies, and career choices within the broad field of forestry.”


  • Those selected must attend the SAF National Convention and predetermined convention events.
  • Willingness to serve as a SAF Diversity Student Ambassador, including participation in local and/or on-campus events (if applicable) and involvement in the SAF Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.
  • Participate in an e-mentorship program, throughout the year, with a natural resource professional. Mentors are selected based on criteria such as students’ interests, needs, and geographic location.


 Must include the following:

  • Completed Application 
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or mentor sent to Perly Heggi. The letter must be signed and sent from the author, not the student.