The Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship Program is the oldest endowed grant program administered by TREE Fund, established in the original 2002 Declaration of Trust that established TREE Fund as a charitable grant-making organization. Bob Felix's dedication to the green industry spanned more than 30 years, and was defined by his contributions to the National Arborist Association (NAA, now know as the Tree Care Industry Association, or TCIA). Bob served on the NAA Board of Directors and became its president in 1972, and afterward spent 23 years as the association's executive vice president. In these roles, Bob made such an impact that his legacy continues to resonate today. The memorial scholarship issued in his name is for students enrolled in an undergraduate or technical college who are actively pursuing a professional career in commercial arboriculture.
Scholarship award amounts are $5,000 each, to be paid in two increments, one in the fall semester, one in the spring. (Second payment is contingent upon re-enrollment and GPA standards being met). The award is non-renewable and no applicant may receive more than one award from this program. All awards will be paid directly to the educational institution attended by the recipient after required documentation has been received. Awards may only be applied to tuition expense, and applicants may not request scholarships greater than the anticipated amount of their tuition expense for the academic year in which the grants will be paid.
All of the following criteria must be met to qualify:
A) Actively pursuing a professional career in commercial arboriculture
B) Entering second year of a two-year program, or entering third/fourth year of a four-year program in the fall after the grant award (e.g. apply in January to March 2020 for classes beginning Summer/Fall 2020)
C) 3.0 GPA minimum
D) Current student member of the International Society of Arboriculture
TREE Fund will accept applications only between January 15 and March 15, 2020. To apply, send an email containing a brief (no more than 100 words) introduction of yourself (e.g. name, school, year, expected graduation date, and applicable work information) to email@example.com. TREE Fund staff will confirm eligibility for consideration, and if you qualify, will send you a numbered application form for your use. You may apply for more than one TREE Fund Scholarship on a single application form.
Upon completion of this application form, you will save a Word version for your records, then create a PDF version of the completed document with title in the format "Your Surname, Scholarship Program, Application Number" (e.g. "Smith, Felix, #20-023"), and email it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with a PDF of your reference letters (two required), and your academic transcript. Staff will confirm receipt of your application at that time.
Applicants will need the following information to complete the form. (Note well that word count limits are firm and absolute. Exceeding word counts may result in your application being rejected before review. Applicants should compose their text in Word or related systems that allow counts to be confirmed before they are placed in the application form.)
A) Educational standing and enrollment status
B) History of scholarships and extracurricular activities
C) Essay describing your reasons for pursuing your chosen career, your goals and objectives, and why you should be chosen for this scholarship (maximum 1000 words)
D) Current transcript
E) Proof of student membership in the International Society of Arboriculture
F) Two letters of recommendation or contact information for people who will provide them (one must be from your academic advisor)