Applications being accepted for national Zone VI Urban Forestry Fellowship

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 18, 2008 – Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for a national urban forestry fellowship offered by the Garden Club of America and made possible through the donations of its Zone VI members, national membership, and Casey Trees. The first awards were presented in 2006.

With these awards, the Garden Club of America seeks to forward its goal of advancing knowledge of urban forests and increasing the number of scientists in the relatively new field of urban forestry. A selection committee from Virginia Tech’s forestry department in the College of Natural Resources will include practicing urban forestry scientists to review applications, with the Garden Club of America endorsing their final selection.

The fellowship is open to both advanced undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, environmental studies, or a closely related field at any four-year college or university degree program in the United States. Recipients must be United States students who will be enrolled as juniors, seniors, or graduate students during the fellowship period. The award is for $4,000 and recipients may apply for one additional year of funding.

Find more information and application forms online or contact Susan Day at (540) 231-7264. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2009.