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Thomas Hill Jr. Education and Opportunity Fund

The Thomas Hill Jr. Education and Opportunity Fund was made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Thomas Hill. The fund provides financial resources and opportunities to SAF’s youngest members, offering scholarships to SAF student members attending an undergraduate program in forestry or a related natural resources field.

Available Scholarships

Student Scholarships of $1,500 are available to any SAF student member enrolled in a 2- or 4-year forestry or natural resource program. Scholarship applications are accepted until May 15.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the application form linked below in the Scholarship Application section by May 15 at 11:59pm HST.
  • Supplementary documents (resume or CV, transcript, letter of recommendation) must be emailed to [email protected] in addition to the application form.
  • If you have questions, please contact Katya Harris at [email protected].
  • Applicant must be an SAF student member.
  • Applicant my be enrolled in a 2- or 4-year forestry or natural resource program.
  • Applicants pursuing a two-year degree must be entering their second year.
  • Applicants pursuing a four-year degree may be entering their junior or senior year.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive one scholarship per year, for up to two years. Receiving a scholarship one year does not guarantee automatic receipt for a second year. Applicants must resubmit application to be considered for a second year. 
Selection Criteria

Student Scholarship applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Academic performance
  • Extracurricular activities, such as leadership positions held and volunteer involvement
  • Quality of applicant’s personal statement, including ability to express goals and actions toward a career in forestry or natural resources
  • Quality of applicant’s recommendation letter, including recommender’s endorsement of applicant’s potential for future success in forestry or natural resources
Use of Funding

Scholarship funds can be used for any expenses related to pursuing an undergraduate degree in forestry or natural resources (e.g. program costs, books and materials, room and board, etc.).

Decisions and Fund Dispersal

Students will be notified of scholarship decisions no later than July 1. Upon approval, the full scholarship award will be dispersed directly to the student.

Application Elements


1. Online Application

Students must complete the online application.

2. Supplemental Documents

Students must email the following documents to [email protected].
  1. Letter of Recommendation
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Academic Transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)


May 15

How to Submit Your Application

Complete online application form and send supplemental documentation by the deadline to Katya Harris at [email protected].

Scholarship Application

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The Thomas Hill Jr. Education and Opportunity Fund also supports grants for projects benefitting the local, regional, or national Young Professional community.
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