The Washington State Society of American Foresters (WSSAF) Foundation is continuing to award scholarships to community college and university students excited about pursuing careers in forestry. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $25,000 to 21 bright and worthy students.
Scholarships for the upcoming academic year of 2019 – 2020 are being awarded to Colleen Purefoy ($2,000), and Gustavo Segura ($1,000).
Colleen Purefoy is currently completing her remaining classes in the Associate of Applied Science – Forest Technician program at Grays Harbor College. She has been accepted into the Bachelor of Applied Science program beginning this spring. After graduating Colleen plans to pursue a career in forest management with the Department of Natural Resources, or in the conservation sector with the NRCS.
Gustavo Segura is enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Natural Resources – Forest Technician program at Grays Harbor College. He plans to enter the workforce after completing his AAS degree and save enough money so he can return to school to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. One of Gustavo’s goals is to eventually own and actively manage his own small tree farm.
Both Colleen and Gustavo are active SAF Student members.
Thanks to the generosity of WSSAF members and timberland and forest products companies the Foundation’s year-end fund balance has grown to $58,300.
To help additional students offset the rising cost of their forestry education, the Foundation is seeking the continued support of WSSAF members.
Donations can be made to WSSAF, c/o Wes Romberg, Treasurer, PO Box 61, Beaver, WA 98305-0061.