Weyerhaeuser Company creates forestry scholarship

Weyerhaeuser is continuing its tradition of supporting Mississippi State University with a new scholarship for student populations that are traditionally underrepresented in the forest industry. The scholarship will support future recipients in the university’s College of Forest Resources through education and hands-on experience.

Weyerhaeuser was founded in 1900 and today is one of the world’s largest owners of timberlands with nearly 13 million acres in the U.S. From its inception, the company has been a leader in sustainable forest management, and 100 percent of its timberlands are certified to sustainable forestry standards. The company also operates 35 wood products manufacturing facilities across North America and employs more than 9,000 people.

The inaugural Weyerhaeuser Scholarship recipient will receive the award for the 2018-19 academic year. This is a full scholarship that gifts the cost of attending MSU for one year.

Through Mississippi State, the Weyerhaeuser Scholarship will further the company’s commitment to forestry and support students beyond tuition assistance. Recipients of the scholarship also will be provided a paid, full-time summer intern position corresponding with the years the scholarship is held.

“We’re excited to offer this scholarship to help attract more students to pursue college degrees in forestry-related fields at Mississippi State,” says Xan McCallum, vice president of talent, communications and culture at Weyerhaeuser. “Many of our employees are graduates of MSU, and we’re looking forward to working with the university to make this program successful.”

Weyerhaeuser is an invaluable partner for the university’s College of Forest Resources.

“Scholarships are so important to our students, and we appreciate the support provided by Weyerhaeuser Company,” said George Hopper, college dean. “The company also partners with our college on a spring golf tournament with funds generated supporting student scholarships. We are so grateful for their generosity and partnership.”

More about Weyerhaeuser can be found online at www.wy.com. For more on gifting scholarships for the College of Forest Resources, contact Jeff Little, director of development, at 662.325.8151 or jlittle@foudation.msstate.edu.