The Henson and Kirkland Charitable Foundation has established an endowed
scholarship for students pursuing natural resource careers in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment.
This endowed scholarship is intended to ease the financial burden of a college education for those who wish to responsibly steward and conserve today’s resources for future generations.
“We are pleased to contribute to scholarships at Auburn University, both to honor the wishes of our founding trustee, Mr. Edward Henson ’64, and to help provide the best possible education for the bright students coming from Washington County,” said foundation trustee Milton Schell ‘84.
“We think the degrees offered in the College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Environment will appeal to students who want to turn their love of the outdoors into a career, and we think Auburn’s CFWE leadership is uniquely gifted to help them achieve that in a practical and forward-thinking way.”
In honor of Henson’s life and accomplishments, the scholarship gives preference to students from Washington County and to military veterans or those participating in the ROTC program. The Henson and Kirkland Charitable Foundation was established in 2012 for the purpose of providing grants and charitable contributions to organizations with a focus on education and economic development within and near Washington County, Alabama.
“None of the foundation’s current board members are graduates of Auburn’s CFWE, but we all grew up in Washington County with much of our livelihood
and leisure time tied to the land,” said Schell.
“Washington County is largely covered by forest and timberland, and its residents can’t escape the wonders of the outdoors: we have an innate understanding of the value of our natural resources.”
“We are pleased the Henson and Kirkland Foundation chose to invest in educating the future stewards of our land and natural resources,” said Dean Janaki Alavalapati.