UAM Forestry Student Scholarship

The Forestry Department of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas at Monticello named Pryce Jones a recipient of the 2022 Foresters for the Future Scholarship.

The scholarship provides $4,000 per semester for four years to a prospective freshman pursuing a degree in forestry from UAM’s College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.

Jones of Arlington, Tennessee owns and operates a lawn and landscaping business in his hometown and hopes to restore his family’s woodland in Fordyce, Ark.

According to a press release, this restoration project, coupled with his passion for the outdoors, prompted Jones to pursue a forestry degree.

“My grandparents have a little over 900 acres of woodland,” Pryce said. “I believe that the greatest benefit I will gain from joining UAM is learning how to govern this country and returning it to its former glory while also receiving a great education.”

Jones aspires to a career in the timber industry and looks forward to becoming involved in forestry activities at UAM.

“I love the forest program here. It’s personable and close and everyone really knows everyone,” he said. “I’m keen to get involved in so many different clubs and things that will benefit my future.”

Michael Blazier, dean of the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, praised Jones.

“Pryce has demonstrated a great work ethic, as evidenced by the fact that he built a sizeable lawn and landscaping business while still in high school,” Blazier said. “He also has a deep commitment to sustainable forest management and family ties to southern Arkansas. I am pleased that this grant provides financial support and work experience to an aspiring young ranger like Pryce.”

Annually during their college career, Foresters for the Future grantees participate in a paid internship exploring the various divisions of the Forest Department. The internship allows them to learn about the many career paths in forestry and strengthen their skills before entering their respective fields.

“Our goal with the Foresters for the Future scholarship is to attract young leaders to careers in forestry,” said State Forester Joe Fox. “Pryce Jones has begun his journey as a future leader and we are excited to offer him this opportunity at UAM.”

The scholarship program was established by Act 399 of the 2021 Regular Session of the Arkansas General Assembly. The underlying legislation, House Bill 1389, was sponsored by Rep. Ken Bragg and Sen. Ben Gilmore and signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed.

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas at Monticello offer all of their programs to all eligible individuals without discrimination.

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