Academic Student Scholarships

Donate to the Paul Revell Municipal Forester Institute (MFI) Scholarship

Trees Virginia has set up a scholarship fund in memory of Paul Revell, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Forestry.Paul joined the Virginia Department of Forestry in 1985 and helped start the Urban and Community Forestry Program. In 1994, Paul was appointed Statewide Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator, a position he held until he retired in January 2016.

As Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator, Paul helped several organizations implement significant projects, including greenways, landscape designs, streetscapes, parks, and open spaces. He was the past president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of International Society of Arboriculture and received that organization’s True Professional Award in 2015. Paul also served for several years on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, and helped with the initial funding of the Clinch River Valley Initiative. He received numerous awards and recognition from organizations across Virginia, including the Keep Virginia Beautiful Award, the Southern Group of State Foresters Urban Forestry Award, the National Association of State Foresters Urban Forestry Award, the International Society of Arboriculture True Professional of Arboriculture Award, the VNRLI Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution, and the Clinch River Valley Initiative Partner of the Year Award. Each award is a testament to Paul's hard work, dedication, commitment, innovation, creativity, public service, and good humor in the face of daunting challenges.

In addition, Paul was on the Board of Directors of Trees Virginia for many years.  Paul died March 17, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. These scholarship monies will fund registration for an individual to attend the annual Society of Municipal Arborists Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI).

MFI is an exciting, high-level training opportunity educating professionals in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry. This week-long intensive educational program delivers a challenging opportunity to grow a more successful community tree program.

You can donate by sending a check in to Trees Virginia, 900 Natural Resources Drive, Charlottesville VA 22903 or by using the Donation button on the Trees Virginia website www.treesvirginia.org.

Thanks to  Paul for his dedication and service to the urban forestry community.


Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund

Join Trees Virginia and MAC-ISA in a lasting tribute to Dr. Bonnie Appleton’s contributions to arboriculture education and research. 

The Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund was established at the TREE Fund to honor Dr. Appleton’s passion and advocacy for arboriculture education and research. Since its inception in 2013, we have been working to raise $100,000 for our initial amount to endow an annual scholarship for college juniors or seniors in the green industry field.

As of December 19, 2016, we have raised $80,428, over 75% of the $100,000 needed to endow the fund. We need your support to reach the full $100,000.  Won't you and/or your company help support this fund so we will be able to provide a scholarship to a deserving student and further the knowledge that Bonnie's research started.

Your gift will help us reach our goal of $100,000 to support scholarships for undergraduate students. All gifts are tax deductible.


 Student Academic Scholarships - APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED FOR 2016-17!

Trees Virginia strives to enhance the ranks of future urban forestry professionals by providing financial assistance to students studying urban forestry and related curricula at Virginia colleges.  Since 2008, Trees Virginia has awarded over $36,000 in scholarships to students at Virginia colleges. Three scholarships totaling $4,000 will be awarded this year to selected recipients. Deadline for application is November 30, 2016.


 Trees Virginia Academic Scholarships were awarded in 2016 to:   

  • ·         Graduate Student: Fran de la Mota – Fran is a native of Madrid, Spain and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. After completing his PhD, Fran would like to join a research team linked with a university/botanical garden partnership or similar setting, where urban forest ecosystems are now a major research focus. Through research, outreach, and teaching, he hopes to enhance the value of urban trees to our communities in relation to the sustainability of our towns and cities.
  • ·         Undergraduate Student: Jillian Miller – Jillian grew up in Canton, Connecticut and is entering her final, fifth year studying Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech. She has integrated coursework in horticulture, urban forestry, and environmental policy and planning into her undergraduate education in order broaden the understanding she hopes to bring into graduate studies. She aspires to represent urban natural resource design, planning, and conservation in her future career.
  • ·         Undergraduate Student: Michael Webb – Michael is from Salem, VA and graduated in spring 2016 from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Forestry, Urban Forestry Concentration. He developed the hobby of tree identification at an early age, which lead to his passion for trees in the urban environment. Michael will start his career as an arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts in Roanoke, VA. He hopes to attend graduate school one day and aspires to become a municipal arborist. He has a deep interest in maintaining the ever diminishing urban forests across the United States.

Trees Virginia strives to enhance the ranks of future urban forestry professionals by providing financial assistance to students studying urban forestry and related curricula at Virginia colleges.  Since 2008, Trees Virginia has awarded over   $32,000 in scholarships to students at Virginia colleges. Three scholarships totaling $4,000 will be awarded this year to selected recipients. Deadline for application is November 30, 2015.

 


Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund

Join Trees Virginia and MAC-ISA in a lasting tribute to Dr. Bonnie Appleton’s contributions to arboriculture education and research. 

The Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund was established at the TREE Fund to honor Dr. Appleton’s passion and advocacy for arboriculture education and research. Since its inception in 2013, we have been working to raise $100,000 for our initial amount to endow an annual scholarship for college juniors or seniors in the green industry field.

As of December 19, 2016, we have raised $80,428, ovee 75% of the $100,000 needed to endow the fund. We need your support to reach the full $100,000.  Won't you and/or your company help support this fund so we will be able to provide a scholarship to a deserving student and further the knowledge that Bonnie's research started.

Your gift will help us reach our goal of $100,000 to support scholarships for undergraduate students. All gifts are tax deductible.

Did You Know:

  • Most tree roots are in the top 12 inches of soil.

  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

  • Trees are the largest living organisms on earth: some coastal redwoods are more than 360 feet tall.

  • Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

  • A birdhouse hung on a young tree branch, does not move up the tree as the tree grows.

  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in heating energy.

  • A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.

  • Every state has an official State Tree. Virginia adopted the flowering dogwood Cornaceae Cornus florida as the State Tree on February 24, 1956.  The dogwood is well distributed throughout the...

  • Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on earth: some bristle-cone pines are thought to be more than 5000 years old.

  • In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

Our Partners

American Grove     Virginia Department of Forestry     Mid-Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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