You must be a member of MAC-ISA to be eligible for any scholarship.
Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) Urban and Community Forestry program, scholarships are available for individuals wanting to take the TRAQ or Arborist Certification course. To qualify you have to live in VA and you must be newly qualifying for TRAQ course and not certified yet for the certification course.
MAC-ISA has one special scholarship open to all non-certified members to take the course and receive a book. It is named in honor of Paul Revell who was very influential in starting the MAC-ISA Arborist Certification courses almost 20 years ago. He hosted a course at the VA Dept. of Forestry in Charlottesville every year, which continues to this day. Paul was a very active MAC-ISA member and was one of our chapter's first Presidents. Call the office if you are interested in more information.
Each year scholarships are awarded to attend our annual meeting from funds raised from our annual silent auction. Full scholarships cover registration to the annual meeting and 2 nights of lodging. Partial scholarships cover registration only. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an arboriculture, urban forestry, horticulture or related program. Preference will be given to full time students. All recipients will need to volunteer during the meeting.
Each year MAC-ISA offers two scholarships in the amount of $1250.00 each, in memory of Dr. Frank Santamour, past President and charter member of the MAC-ISA. These scholarships are available to students studying arboriculture/urban forestry that have a genuine interest in a career in arboriculture and are enrolled in two and four year colleges and universities in our chapter area (MD, VA, WV and DC) that have programs in horticulture, arboriculture and/or urban forestry.
Application for the scholarships involve submitting a short narrative, no longer than one page, outlining his/her accomplishments, academic record and career aspirations. Applicants need to live or go to school in the MAC-ISA chapter region to apply for these scholarships and must be MAC-ISA members. Scholarships are awarded in the spring, for the fall semester and the deadline is usually at the end of March.
MAC-ISA and TREES Virginia established the Bonnie Appleton Memorial Scholarship which is managed by the TREE Fund. The $5,000 scholarship, in memory of Dr. Bonnie Appleton is available to students studying arboriculture, urban forestry, horticulture, nursery management or a related field with the intention of becoming a professional in one of these fields.
The scholarship and applications are administered through the TREE Fund. For more information on the application process go to the TREE Fund page.