Student Diversity Scholar Program

About the Program

The SAF Student Diversity Scholar program is designed to promote leadership and create community within SAF by encouraging the involvement in the profession of a variety of people in terms of race, ethnic background, religion, age, gender, and ability, as well as the diversity of geography, employer groups, philosophies, and career choices within the broad field of forestry. 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 scholar’s program includes complimentary registration to the SAF National Convention, exclusive networking opportunities, and a $450 stipend to help fund additional costs such as travel and accommodations. This year’s convention is in Louisville, Kentucky on October 30 – November 3, 2019. Visit for more information. 

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


Enrolled in an undergraduate (associate or bachelor’s) or graduate (masters or PhD) program at a US or Canadian institution. 
Interested in forestry, natural resources, terrestrial ecosystems and/or other related fields as a career.
Interested in encouraging and promoting a culture of inclusion within the profession. 


Attend the SAF National Convention and predetermined convention events.
Serve as an ambassador for diversity, through participating in local SAF and/or on-campus events and in the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.
Participate in an e-mentorship program during the coming year with a natural resource professional.

How to Apply 

We are no longer accepting applications for 2019. Thank you to everyone who applied. Applicants will be notified by the end of August. • The next application period will open in early 2020.
If you have questions, please contact Danielle Watson at