Undergraduate Scholarship Guide
We thank all our donors for their continuing commitment to enhancing the life of students in all our degree programs. Due to their generosity and dedication to the environment and to education QCNR is able to award more than 60 scholarships totaling more than $90,000.00 to undergrad students each year, thus making it possible to award more scholarship money per student than any other college at USU.
Scholarship availability for the academic year is projected and is subject to change. Students planning on taking a leave of absence should apply for scholarships the year they intend to return to Utah State University.
To apply for QCNR scholarships, please visit the USU scholarship website, https://www.usu.edu/scholarships/. All scholarships at USU are awarded through a central application system.
Scholarships Available to Most QCNR Students
Description: Established in the memory of William F. Sigler, a professor in the Fisheries and Wildlife department from 1947 to 1974 and department head from 1950 to 1974. His wildlife law enforcement class was the first to be taught on a university campus. He and his son, John W. Sigler (a CNR alumnus), co-authored Fishes of the Great Basin and Fishes of Utah.
Criteria: The William F. Sigler Scholarship recipient must be a Junior or Senior with a declared major in Fisheries or Wildlife. The recipient must be in the top 25% in academic standing and have a financial need.
Description: Established by Allen and Alice Stokes, avid supporters of conservation-minded organizations and various minority groups. Allen was a professor in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department from 1952 to 1976 and had been a student of Aldo Leopold, a pioneer in the concept and philosophy of conservation of natural resources. Alice was Aldo Leopold’s secretary. Allen passed away in 1996, and Alice passed away in March of 2009.
Criteria: The income of the Allen W. and Alice H. Stokes Scholarship will be used to support scholarships to benefit upper division students in the College of Natural Resources with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Description: Established by James "Jeb" Elwell Brown Stuart in memory of his wife, Linda Elaine Gurr Stuart. Jeb Stuart received a BS degree in Wildlife Management with a minor in Range Management in 1968 from the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.
Criteria: The Linda Gurr Stuart Memorial Scholarship shall support scholarships to benefit students in the College of Natural Resources. Recipients should have a 3.0 GPA and have a declared major in the college. Preference will be given to a student from the Uinta Basin regardless of campus being attended.
Description: Established by the QCNR Alumni Association and funded by annual membership contributions of QCNR graduates.
Criteria: The Alumni Scholarship shall be used to benefit the non-traditional student with financial need.
Description: Established as a gift from the Evelyn Irving Trust Fund. Evelyn Irving graduated from USU in 1938 with a degree in teaching. Ms. Irving volunteered as a social worker in San Francisco during and after World War II, then returned to Utah where she taught for 20 years. She was known for helping those less fortunate.
Criteria: Candidates for the Evelyn Irving Memorial Scholarship shall be upper division students majoring in forestry, environmental studies, or recreation resource management. They shall demonstrate interest in service through participation in campus or community projects, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher within his or her major, and demonstrate financial need.
Description: This endowment was created from the estate of a former student, Benjamin Vaitkus, which included a hand-written letter that a scholarship fund would be established in the name of Dean of Forestry Lewis M. Turner. Lewis M. Turner was the Dean of the School of Forestry from 1943 – 1957 and was Dean of the new College of Forest Range and Wildlife from 1957-1959. This new college was formed at the same time that the Utah Agricultural College was renamed to Utah State University. The handwritten note said: “For a Scholarship Fund in the name of Dean of Forestry Lewis M. Turner, deceased”.
Criteria: Open to students in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Description: Dr. Ronald J. Ryel and his spouse Dr. Melanie Spriggs created the Ronald J. Ryel Natural Resources Conservancy Scholarship as a lasting contribution to natural resources management. Their intent was to invest in the people who will be the future resources managers and the next generation of science-based NR professionals.
Criteria: The scholarship will be for a junior or senior majoring in one of the degrees offered through the Quinney College of Natural Resources. Selection will be made based on success in coursework, a demonstrated interest in the stewardship of natural resources, and an interest in pursuing a career with a natural resources agency or non-governmental organization. Recipients of the scholarship must enroll in 12 credits per semester and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Description: Established by James Elwell Brown Stuart. Jeb earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife management with a minor in range management from USU in 1968. He began his career as a research technician while a USU student and following graduation, became a non-game biologist and land specialist with New Mexico Fish and Game. During his career, Jeb acquired more than 500,000 acres of land and water for fish and wildlife habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System
Criteria: The Jeb Stuart Scholarship shall provide scholarships to students in good standing in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. There are no restrictions. Any qualified student in good academic standing will be considered eligible.
Description: Established by QCNR alumni Kevin, Aaron, and Mark Poe, brothers who collectively completed five majors and eight minors while attending Utah State University as Quinney Scholars from 1990 to 1998.
Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior with a demonstrated interest in current natural resource issues.
Description: This scholarship was established by friends of Mary Lu Roskelley to assist future generations of students in the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. Watching her widowed mother struggle to support a family and later trying to finish her degree while a single parent herself helped Mary Lu develop a special interest in educational opportunities. After graduating from USU in 1985, Mary Lu accepted a position in the College of Natural Resources as administrative assistant to the dean. She had a talent for alumni relations and was promoted a few years later to alumni and development director for the college. Many of the scholarships currently awarded by QCNR are a result of her work. Mary Lu was diagnosed with Melanoma in 2001 and passed away in 2004.
Criteria: Income from the Mary Lu Roskelley Endowed Scholarship will provide scholarship support for students with a declared major in the Quinney College of Natural Resources who maintains a 3.0 GPA and demonstrates financial need. Applicants should provide a brief written statement of the importance of lifelong learning for women.
Description: Established in memory of Arthur Dwight Smith, who served as a professor in the Range Science Department for 37 years. He co-authored the classic textbook Range Management with L.A. Stoddart in 1943 and served on the U.S. Public Land Law Review Commission in the 1960s.
Criteria: The Arthur D. Smith Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student in the Quinney College of Natural Resources in the basis of academic achievement and financial need.
Description: Established by Marylln Urness in memory of her husband, Philip J. Urness, who was a professor in the Rangeland Resources Department for 22 years. Phil was an internationally recognized authority on livestock-wildlife relationships and wildlife habitat.
Criteria: The Philip J. Urness Scholarship is awarded to an upper-division student. Recipient must demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Description: Established by William G. Kohner, who was a friend of the College of Natural Resources.
Criteria: The William G. Kohner Scholarship in Natural Resources provides scholarship assistance for students in the College of Natural Resources.
Description: Established in the name of Paul M. Dunn and his wife, Neva. Paul began his career as a professor of forestry at Utah State University in 1931. He served in that position until 1938 when he became the first dean of the College of Forestry. He remained in that position until 1942.
Criteria: Recipients of The Paul M. and Neva Dunn Scholarship must be at the end of his/her junior year or a senior in the College of Natural Resources. Selection is based on scholarship and need.
Description: J. Whitney Floyd served as Department Head of Forest Resources. He was Dean of the College of Natural Resources from 1960 to 1969. This endowment was established to assist future generations of students in the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.
Criteria: Recipients of the J. Whitney and Virginia P. Floyd Scholarship should be junior or senior students in good academic standing in the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.
Description: The Jeffery S. Workman Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Jeff Workman, Aeronautics Technology student at Dixie College and former USU student who was killed in a St. George motorcycle accident in August 1989, just before his 22nd birthday. Jeff was a student pilot and had qualified for solo flight.
Criteria: The award criteria for the Jeffrey S. Workman Memorial Scholarship include financial need in Rangeland Ecology and Management. Preference will be given to applicants with an interest and/or involvement in aeronautics. Applicants shall submit a statement describing their interest and/or involvement in aeronautics.
Description: Established in honor of George E. Hart, who was a professor in the Forest Resources Department for 23 years. George was a pioneer in the QCNR watershed science program. He was a valued teacher, colleague, and mentor.
Criteria: The George E. Hart Scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior student majoring in Forestry Management with an emphasis in watershed management, erosion or fire control. Recipients should demonstrate academic achievement, personal integrity, and a high sense of social responsibility.
Description: Established by Robert D. Nielson in memory of his wife, Lenore L. Nielson. Mr. Nielson was a 1934 graduate of USU and had a successful career in public land management, retiring from the Bureau of Land Management in 1973. He passed away in 2007.
Criteria: The Robert D. and Lenore L. Nielson Scholarship in Natural Resources shall be awarded annually to a junior or senior student pursuing a major in the College of Natural Resources. Recipients should show an interest in a career in public land management through the demonstration of the selection of their major, part time jobs, or internship opportunities. Particular attention should also be given to students with demonstrated financial need, who exhibit keen potential, and who have a strong desire to promote the wisest and best use of our natural resources on public lands, irrespective of grade point average.
Criteria: Awarded to a non-traditional student who intends on completing a natural resources degree program in order to enter that field as a career. The recipient must be in good academic standing with financial need.
Description: This Scholarship fund was created and is maintained by contributions from the QCNR graduating class of 1950.
Criteria: Recipient must a student in the College of Natural Resources in good academic standing with financial need.
Description: Established by G. Harvey Dabling (‘73 Forest Recreation) in memory of his former classmate, Jerry W. McGee (‘74 Forest Management). Harvey and Jerry both attended summer camp in 1971, where Jerry was known for his sharp mind, infectious laugh, and willingness to help others. Jerry was working for the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska at the time of his death in 1993.
Criteria: The Jerry W. McGee Memorial Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, and financial need.
Description: Established in the name of Laurence A. Stoddart, who was a professor and department head in the Range Science department from 1935 until his death in 1969. He was a world renowned teacher, researcher, and scholar.
Criteria: The LA Stoddart Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to a student in the college of natural resources who is in good academic standing and has a financial need.
Description: Established by family and friends of Gregory Ray Rost, a USU fisheries and wildlife graduate. Gregory received the "Wildlifer of the Year" award and was recognized as outstanding senior in fisheries and wildlife in 1973. Greg and his wife Joy were killed in a light plane crash in 1989.
Criteria: The Gregory Ray Rost Scholarship is awarded to an upper division student on the basis of academic achievement, and financial need. Special consideration is given to out-of-state students.
Description: Established by Charlotte M. and Donald W. Boyer in memory of their son Mark. Mark graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. He was working on a Masters degree in wildlife management and computer modeling of forest systems at USU when he died in a boating accident on the Great Salt Lake in 1988.
Criteria: Recipients of the Mark R. Boyer Scholarship must be juniors or seniors who demonstrate financial need.
Department of Environment and Society Scholarships
Description: Established as a tribute to the life’s work of educators Nat E. and Kacky Bailey Frazer and their love and appreciation of the natural world.
Criteria: Income from the Nat E. & Kacky Bailey Frazer Scholarship will be used to support an undergraduate scholarship to benefit a student in the Environment and Society Department of the College of Natural Resources.
Description: Established by Zetta B. Peterson in memory of her husband, Dr. Edwin L. “Eddie” Peterson. Eddie first served as a faculty member beginning in 1936 at the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City. He taught at USU from 1956 until his retirement in 1981. He continued to serve USU as an emeritus faculty member until 1995. Eddie enjoyed teaching and took great pride in the number of his students who became teachers.
Criteria: Candidates for the Dr. Edwin L. "Eddie" Peterson Memorial Scholarship must be majoring in geography with specialization in geography education (7-12). They must be accepted in the secondary education department and completing certification in geography education through Utah State University. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA with consideration given to financial need.
Description: Established in memory of Richard M. Schreyer, who was an undergraduate student and later a faculty member in the Recreation Resources Management program. For over 15 years, Rich was an exceptional USU educator while establishing a worldwide reputation in outdoor recreation research.
Criteria: The Richard M. Schreyer Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a recreation resource management major who demonstrates academic achievement, financial need and personal integrity.
Description: Established by friends and associates of Timothy Flanagan Leary, who graduated in Environmental Studies in 1985. Tim was struck by lightning at Dead Horse Point in Southern Utah in 1986.
Criteria: Recipients of the Timothy F. Leary Scholarship should be Junior or Senior students enrolled in the College of Natural Resources who have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of scholarship, leadership and the demonstrated desire to help people. Preference shall be given to students majoring in curricula designed to improve the environment. Special emphasis shall be given to the student's humanitarian concerns and his or her desire to help the underprivileged people of the world.
Description: Established by Allan and Renee Falconer in honor of Dean Emeritus Thad Box, who brought Geography into the College of Natural Resources, and his wife, Jenny, who has made a substantial contribution to social justice in Cache Valley.
Criteria: Student recipients of the Thad and Jenny Box Scholarship in Geography and Earth Resources should be geography majors entering their senior year who have demonstrated academic achievement in their studies. Preference will be given to students who exhibit an ability to apply geographical analysis to natural resources problems.
Description: Each year, the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University acknowledges an outstanding Recreation Resource Managment undergraduate student through a scholarship. The outstanding undergraduate student will have exhibited a strong commitment to identifying scientifically-grounded solutions to improving the management of Utah's outdoor recreation resources.
Criteria: The scholarship is awarded to the Recreation Resource Managment undergraduate student in their final year of the program with the highest grade point average.
Department of Watershed Sciences Scholarships
Description: Established by Arthur F. Johnson, a 1951 USU graduate in Fisheries and Wildlife. He established this scholarship endowment because of his desire to benefit future generations of students in a field that he enjoyed and in which he believed.
Criteria: The Arthur F. Johnson Scholarship is awarded in fisheries and aquatic sciences or wildlife science majors. Candidates with the greatest financial need will be given priority.
Description: In December of 1987 the Mathias & Johanna Neuhold Endowed Scholarship was established to honor Mathias and Johanna. Austrian immigrants who knew the value of an education and encouraged and supported their children in their search for knowledge.
Criteria: Recipients of the Mathias and Johanna Neuhold Scholarship shall be undergraduate students. Preference is to be given to United States immigrants or the first generation of immigrant parents but is not to exclude other applicants of merit.
Description: Jessop B. Low graduated from Utah State Agricultural College in 1937. He attended Iowa State University, where he received his doctorate. The next two years were spent in Havana, Illinois, working for the Illinois Natural History Survey in wetlands and waterfowl research. He and his family then returned to Logan, where he worked 30 years at Utah State University as leader of the Utah Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and professor in the College of Natural Resources. He was instrumental in the education and graduation of more than 150 masters and doctoral candidates. This scholarship was established at the event of his death in 1997.
Criteria: Recipients of the Jessop B. Low Memorial Scholarship should be junior or senior students in the college of natural resources at Utah State University. The recipient should have a demonstrated interest in fisheries/wildlife management, have a genuine need for financial support to complete a degree, and maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
Description: Established in the memory of William T. “Bill” Helm, who taught in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department from 1959 until his retirement in 1988. Bill was known for his love of teaching field fisheries techniques.
Criteria: Candidates for the William T. (Bill) Helm Scholarship should be majoring in the College of Natural Resources. The recipient of this award should be a junior or senior and a Fisheries major, in good academic standing.
Description: Established by Frank O. Fonnesbeck, who graduated with degrees in engineering and forestry in 1933 and remained an enthusiast of Utah State University until his death in 2005. While attending USU, he also worked as the editor of the student newspaper.
Criteria: This scholarship will be given to a QCNR student majoring in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences or Forestry who demonstrates financial need. The recipient must be in good academic standing.
Description: Established by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Jorgensen to assist future generations of students in the Department of Wildland Resources. Mr. Jorgensen was a 1937 graduate of the College of Natural Resources.
Criteria: The Samuel E. Jorgensen Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in the College of Natural Resources.
Department of Wildland Resources Scholarships
Description: Jack H. Berryman exerted a sweeping national and international influence on wildlife policy, management, and administration for over 50 years. Jack’s contributions were recognized in 1993 by the creation of the Jack H. Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage Management at Utah State University, the university where Jack began his career. With his encouragement and advice, the Berryman Intitute has emerged as a world center for the resolution of conflicts between humans and wildlife.
Criteria: Recipient must be active members in the Berryman Institute club with a demonstrated interested in a career in wildlife damage management or resolving human wildlife conflicts (e.g. past volunteering, research, etc).
Description: Established in the name of emeritus forestry professor T. W. Daniel, who held various positions in the Forest Resources Department for over 30 years. The Experimental Forest in Logan Canyon is named in his honor. “Doc” passed away in 2004.
Criteria: Recipients shall be enrolled in the Forest Resources Department at Utah State University. They shall have completed at least three semesters or the equivalent of their Utah State University studies at the time of selection. Recipients shall be chosen from among the three Forest Resources students who have the highest overall grade point averages and who meet the other selection criteria. The scholarship shall be awarded to the student with the best combination of a high grade point average and demonstrated contributions to student activities. The donor wishes to place great importance upon student activity contributions, but in no case may the awardee have a grade point average less than 3.2. If none of the three top candidates has a record of contributing to student activities, the minimum required grade point average to receive the award will be 3.5.
Description: Established in the memory of Raymond R. Moore, who was a professor in the Forest Resources Department for over 25 years. Ray taught many forestry courses ranging from photo interpretation to forest management. As a teacher he is best remembered for his longtime direction of the CNR summer camp program. He died in 1995.
Criteria: The Raymond R. Moore Scholarship is awarded to an upper-division Forest Ecology and Management major on the basis of academic achievement, student activities, and financial need.
Description: Established in memory of Kevin Conway by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The purpose is to encourage recipients to consider careers in wildlife conservation law enforcement.
Criteria: Each year, one undergraduate student will be selected who has declared a major in Wildlife Ecology and Management or Conservation and Restoration Ecology, and is at least a sophomore level student with a GPA of 3.0.
Description: Established by the family and friends of Jessica Clark Tayon, a student in the College of Natural Resources who suffered from esophageal/tracheal cancer and its after-effects for many years before passing away in January 2007. Jessica was a Quinney Scholar and active member of the College at the time of her death.
Criteria: The Jessica Clark Tayon Memorial Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students majoring in or intending to major in Wildlife Ecology and Management in the College of Natural Resources.
Description: Established by Dallan Schowe and his wife Belle Wang to honor the life’s work of William Schowe and to inspire and prepare students for a career in range management. William A. Schowe was born on March 4, 1928 in Sheridan, Montana and spent his early years living on a sheep ranch. He joined the Navy in 1946, serving on a submarine tender as a radio operator/technician. He attended Utah State University where he graduated with a degree in Range Management in 1952. He worked for 30 years for the Bureau of Land Management at the Fillmore and Salt Lake districts in Utah and the Susanville district in California. He was a member of the Society for Range Management.
Criteria: The William A. Schowe Memorial Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Managment and are in good academic standing with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Description: Established by John and Karen Malechek to assist future generations of students in the Rangeland Ecology and Management major. John Malechek served as department head of Rangeland Resources from 1986 to 2000.
Criteria: Income from the Malechek - Winn Scholarship will be used to support scholarships to benefit students in the College of Natural Resources. Recipients should be students in the Rangeland Ecology and Management major who show academic achievement and financial need.
Description: Established by Victor Stokes, a 1936 graduate of the College of Natural Resources. Victor enjoyed a 30-year career with the USDA Forest Service, starting as a recreation planner on the Wasatch National Forest and retiring as Forest Supervisor on the Beaverhead National Forest in 1965.
Criteria: The Victor N. and Beatrice E. Stokes Scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need to a Forest Ecology and Management major or Rangeland Ecology and Management major who has a demonstrated interest in land management of range and/or forest resources.
Description: Established by Jim and Patricia Koons of Kanab, Utah, to assist future forestry students in the QCNR. Jim graduated from Utah State in 1962 with a degree in forestry. He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service in Idaho and Utah for six years early in his career. In 1968, Jim resigned from the United States Forest Service (USFS) and went to work for Kaibab Industries, retiring as Vice President of Operations of the Forest Products Company with primary responsibilities for the company's road building, logging, and sawmill operations on the Kaibab Plateau.
Criteria: The Paul Bunyan Foresters Scholarship provides scholarship assistance for one forestry ecology and management student each year. Candidates will be junior or senior students in good standing pursuing a Forest Ecology and Management degree.
Description: Established in the name of former student Joseph Barry Bass, who died in an aircraft accident while on a firefighting mission for the Bureau of Land Management.
Criteria: The Joseph Barry Bass Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding freshman or sophomore majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Management. Preference is given to students from outside Utah who have been active in the student chapter of the Society for Range Management, worked in range management or fire control for the federal government, participated in college rodeo, or served in the military.
Description: Established by Albert and Geneva Mitchell to give back to the institution that has been so good to their family. Albert graduated in Forestry in the 1940's and had numerous children and grandchildren who attended Utah State as well. Albert and Geneva lived in Idaho and operated a cattle ranch for much of their lives. They both passed away in Fall 2006.
Criteria: The Albert W. and Geneva Cliff Mitchell Scholarship was established to support scholarship awards to students in the College of Natural Resources who are majoring in Forest Ecology and Management. Recipients should have a 3.0 GPA and financial need with demonstrated leadership. This award is intended for Natural Resources students who are paying out-of-state tuition.
Description: Established in honor of George A. Judah, who was an appraiser and senior vice president of Utah Mortgage Loan Corporation. In addition to his close association with the Range Science Department, he was one of the first mortgage bankers in the intermountain area to view range improvements as assets worthy of lending money. During his 30-year career, he made possible the investment of millions of dollars in improvements by private ranchers in Utah and surrounding areas
Criteria: To be eligible to receive the George Adams & Mona Judah Memorial Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled or have applied to become enrolled at USU in the Department of Range Science, and demonstrate the scholastic and financial background that establishes his or her need of a scholarship.