The scholarship application is now available for download. The form can be printed and submitted by mail or email, or it can be filled out on your computer and then emailed or mailed. Remember to save it AFTER it has been filled out and before emailing.

Last year, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association awarded scholarships to students actively studying arboriculture, community forest management, urban forestry, or a related field. View the past recipient names here.


  • The scholarship grants range from $500 to $1500 per student.
  • An applicant must be either:
    • a student attending an accredited college or university in Massachusetts; or
    • a Massachusetts resident attending an accredited out-of-state college or university; or
    • a high school senior who will be attending an accredited college or university in the fall of the application year.
  • An applicant must be enrolled or planning to be enrolled in a program of arboriculture, community forest management, urban forestry or a related field.
  • A college or university applicant must have completed at least one college semester in one of these programs. High school seniors who are granted an award must request the payment after they have submitted their first-semester college transcript.
  • Award decisions are based on financial need and an acceptable grade point average.
  • Applications are due by February 15th.
  • The student must fill out the Scholarship Application. The downloadable application is posted above.
    • The application may be submitted via mail, or scan and email.
    • Awards are presented in March at the UMass Amherst Community Tree Conference.

→ The application may be filled in by computer or by hand.
→ Or, a scholarship application may be requested via email or phone 781-894-4759

Funding for the annual grants comes from the proceeds of the annual Arbor Day Seedling Program. The five scholarships bear the names of the following Association members who have made major contributions to the organization and the industry:

Fred C. Burk Louis J. Casasanto Professor Gordon S. King Dr. Malcolm A. McKenzie Seth H. Swift

The Scholarship Committee publicizes the five scholarships, reviews applications, selects recipients, recommends board approval of the recipients and amounts, and notifies the recipients by letter.  In addition, UMass arboriculture faculty members select the recipient of the annual Dennis Ryan Outstanding Arboriculture Student Scholarship, awarded jointly by the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association and the Massachusetts Arborists Association.