Two forest industry powerhouses have established annual scholarships within the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment to promote diversity within the forest industry. By attracting a diverse pool of highly skilled individuals, the companies seek to create an inclusive and dynamic environment that
encourages innovative thinking and new perspectives.
The collaborative efforts with Auburn University aim to empower talented individuals from various backgrounds to contribute their unique experiences, knowledge and skills toward shaping a future generation of forestry professionals who are equipped to tackle the complex challenges and opportunities in sustainable forest management and conservation.
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.
The company is steadfast in its dedication to supporting a culture of diversity and inclusion, valuing and engaging every individual, thereby contributing
to its 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.
The Molpus Woodlands Group has also established an annual scholarship to attract a wide range of talented individuals to shape the next generation of professionals within the forestry industry.
Molpus, one of the oldest timber-related companies inthe United States, operates under a vertically integrated business structure, employing in-house experts in various fields, including accounting, business, forestry, GIS and
legal. Currently overseeing over 1.7 million acres of timberland investments across 15 states, the Molpus Woodlands Group scholarship is reflective of the rich diversity of its business units.
Preference for both scholarships will be given to students who are first-generation college students or those who reside in a geographically rural county or underserved 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.
(Written by Jessica Nelson)