KWOF Scholarship Application – Fall 2019

Provided by the Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation

 Make available (electronic or paper) the Student Information, Personal Reflection Statement and Letter(s) of Recommendation to:

                              Doug McLaren, President of KWOA/KWOF

                             330 Cave Run Circle – Versailles, KY 40383



Fall 2019 Annual Reflection Statement for the KWOF Scholarship Award

“Woodland Management Can Be a Challenge”

This scholarship award scenario will take you into the near future. The scenario is you have recently graduated from forestry school. You have taken a position with a forestry management company /agency. You have been to a number of landowners and have worked with them to develop forest/natural resource management plans. Most of the landowners recognize and work with the issue that being in Kentucky the task will take years to be fully accomplished.

Today this scenario is different. The landowner you are visiting indicated by phone that they were extremely interested in initiating a management plan. “My timber needs cutting”, is repeated many times over by the caller. Your interest is peeked as you make plans for a site visit. They are interested in developing a woodland management plan, possibly a timber sales contract will result from this plan. Another important result of the visit is potentially having the property become part of the Kentucky Tree Farm system.

All of this comes tumbling down after you and the landowner have made an exhaustive reconnaissance of the total property. You have found no areas that could be harvested. The remaining stand has been extremely high graded. No high valued stems or high valued species exist.

How do you approach and explain these issues with the landowner for them to envision some “light at the end of the tunnel”. Woodland management in Kentucky is long term. There are monies available to help in the woodlands management endeavors but time is the best antidote for this situation.

For this 2019 KWOF Reflection Statement, “Woodland Management Can be a Challenge”, explain how you would approach the issue of past management and the hope that this woodland owner will have the desire to turn this mismanaged stand into a future stand of valuable timber.

Deadline – this application deadline is October 4th, 2019

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Kentucky Woodlands Owners Foundation Scholarship is to provide annually an award to an outstanding student enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s professional forestry degree program. Award will be granted on the basis of leadership potential, connection with the forestry community, and insight for the forestry profession.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants for the Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation Scholarship must be a full-time University of Kentucky undergraduate student in the professional program of forestry and have a minimum ranking of senior at the time of the October4th deadline date but has not graduated. The award can only be awarded to any one person once.

SCHOLARSHIP: The Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation Scholarship is in the amount of $1000. These monies will be paid directly to the University of Kentucky for tuition fees. The award announcement will be no later than December6th, 2019.

AWARD SELECTION: Scholarship recipients will be selected on a competitive basis by using a combination of criteria which include but not limited to: leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, and written submission as required for the award. This is not an academic scholarship.

APPLICATIONS:  Application should be returned to the Kentucky Woodland Owners Foundation’s President, Doug McLaren, 330 Cave Run Circle, Versailles, KY 40383 either by land mail or an electronic version.

If you have any questions, call, 859.881.8583 or email

KEY DATES: Completed and submitted application date will be no later than October 4th, 2019. Scholarship awards will be announced by December 6th, 2019 for tuition payment. It is requested but not mandated that the recipient of the award attend the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association annual meeting (normally during the spring season) to be recognized for the award. Costs for attending will be defrayed.


APPLICATION SUMMARY: The following information and documents must be submitted to be accepted as a complete application packet by the student. If any of the information is missing on the deadline date of October 4th, 2019 the applicant will not be eligible for the award.

First Section (limited to one page)Student information: Complete name, address, telephone number, and email address. Please make notation of your high school. On this page will also be where you may make any statements concerning your academic performance and contributions either in school leading to your entrance into the forestry program at the University of Kentucky or contributions you have made while at the forestry program. Please feel free to list any influences that were made to your making the decision to major in forestry.  This page provides you the opportunity to discuss your interest and desire to be involved in forestry.

Second SectionRecommendation(s): Requested that you have a least one formal letter of recommendation from a member of the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at the University of Kentucky (teaching, research, or Cooperative Extension).

Concluding SectionPersonal Reflection Statement:  You will be asked to provide your personal reflections on an “Annual Reflection Statement” (2019 – “Woodland Management Can Be a Challenge”). It will change annually. Your remarks to this statement will be confined to 500 words. Go to and click NEWS to see this information again stated.