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International Paper has established an annual scholarship within the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment to support students pursuing forestry degrees.  

The scholarship showcases the aligned mission of Auburn University and International Paper in promoting diversity within the forestry industry. By attracting a diverse pool of highly skilled individuals, both organizations seek to create an inclusive and dynamic environment that encourages innovative thinking and new perspectives.

This collaborative effort aims to empower talented individuals from various backgrounds to contribute their unique experiences, knowledge and skills towards shaping a future generation of forestry professionals who are equipped to tackle the complex challenges and opportunities in sustainable forest management and conservation. 

Preference will be given to students who are first generation college students and/or those who reside in a geographically rural county or undeserved area, as determined by Auburn’s Office of Enrollment Management. The scholarship is awarded for a single academic year and the recipient selection process is conducted by the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment Scholarship Committee. The eligibility of the chosen recipient is subject to review by the Office of University Scholarships. 

International Paper is recognized as a global leader in fiber-based packaging and pulp production. Through the transformation of renewable resources into essential everyday products, the company endeavors to enhance the well-being of individuals, safeguard the environment and bolster its own operational efficacy. International Paper is steadfast in its dedication to supporting a culture of diversity and inclusion, valuing and engaging every individual, thereby contributing to the company’s achievements.

This commitment to both workplace diversity and responsible forestry forms a fundamental aspect of the organization’s sustainability initiatives, aimed at fostering a brighter future for humanity and the planet. 

“This collaboration with International Paper reflects our shared commitment to advancing diversity, innovation and sustainable practices in the forestry industry, ensuring a vibrant and inclusive future for all,” said Janaki Alavalapati, Emmett F. Thompson Dean of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment. 

(Written by Allison Killingsworth)

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