The Lugar-Purdue Future of Forestry Program and Scholarship

Purdue University and Richard Lugar, U.S. Senator and woodland owner from Indiana, are teaming up to show high school students how exciting the science and management of forests can be.

High school agricultural education and science teachers are invited to recommend and sponsor qualified high school students for the Lugar-Purdue Future of Forestry Program.  For high school seniors, the program is also offered as a 3-credit online academic course.  Students wishing the credit option must contact the L_PFFP coordinator to obtain additional administrative information.  You need not be seeking a degree to enroll in the credit option.  The for-credit course starts in mid September and is completed in May.

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What’s required to compete for the scholarship?

  • Take the Introduction to Forestry online course that includes planning and conducting an independent research project under the supervision of your sponsoring teacher and a natural resources professional.
  • Present your research at the Forestry and Natural Resources Research Symposium poster session in the spring on the Purdue West Lafayette campus.
  • Students in the credit option earn 3 university academic credits

What’s in it for you on completion?

  • An increased knowledge of forest science
  • An award certificate from Indiana’s U.S. Senator Richard Lugar
  • Automatic consideration for the $3,000 Future of Forestry Program Scholarship in Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Contenders for the scholarship will have:

  • Successfully completed the online course.
  • Delivered a superior presentation at the campus Spring Research Symposium’s Poster Session.
  • Earned a combined (3-part) SAT score of at least 1750 (or ACT combined score of at least 26).
  • Earned a core high school grade point average of 3.4 or higher.
  • Be admitted to Purdue with a major in either forestry or wood products manufacturing technology.

These are nonrenewable scholarships

Other Resources:
Society of Wood Science and Technology 
The Department of Forestry & Natural Resources