For the last two years, Redwood Empire, a division of Pacific States Industries and the Burch Family, has awarded scholarships to assist students who plan to obtain a college degree in Forestry and participated in one or more California Forestry Challenge events. Recipients must be enrolled full time in a four-year program that leads to a B.S. degree in Forestry or a closely related field. In 2016, two students each received a $2,000 scholarship.
BRIANNA CEBELLERO received scholarships in 2015 and 2016. She is a graduate of Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, where she and her team won the 2014 Shasta Forestry Challenge. Brianna is in her second year at Reedley College, and plans to transfer to a four-year school to earn her forestry degree. Last summer Brianna got an introduction to forestry field work at the Tahoe National Forest as a Recreation Technician. After graduation, she wants to be a field management officer for the U.S. Forest Service.
SUMMER VON AESCH was also part of a winning team, from Bella Vista High School, that won the 2015 El Dorado Forestry Challenge. Summer is a student at Sierra College in Rocklin, and hopes to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for her forestry degree. On her scholarship application, Summer wrote, “The Forestry Challenge was honestly one of the best experiences of my life because I genuinely loved learning everything and was so interested in the topics we were presented with. After the Challenge, it was like a lightbulb went off in my head, and I suddenly had clarity on what I wanted to do with my life.”