Resource Management Service, LLC and SAF Forestry Scholarship

The 2024 application period will open in spring 2024.

About the Scholarship: 

Resource Management Service (RMS) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) are committed to promoting the forestry profession.  The RMS/SAF Forestry Scholarship is designed to help create opportunities for students who would benefit from financial assistance, or who are from populations that traditionally have been under-represented in the profession, with the financial means to pursue a college education in a forestry-related field.

About RMS:

In 1950, John M. Bradley, a young Yale University forestry graduate, partnered with Harry E. Murphy, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University's school of forestry, to create Resource Management Service.  From its beginnings as a consulting forestry firm to private landowners, RMS capitalized on changing forest industry dynamics to grow and become one of the nation's leading providers of timberland management and acquisitions services.  By consistently and deliberately advancing the art and science of forestry, today RMS is recognized as an accomplished global forest investment firm -- one that manages millions of acres of forest assets in North America, South America, Asia and Oceana.  As a private, employee-owned company, its clients are primarily large, sophisticated institutional investors that invest billions of dollars in timberland and other sectors to, among other things, fund retiree pensions, capitalize university endowment programs and provide financial resources for charitable endeavors.

About SAF:

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing over 9,000 forestry and related natural resources professionals across the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, SAF promotes science-based, sustainable management and stewardship of the nation’s public and private forests. A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, SAF members include professionals in public and private settings, researchers, CEOs, administrators, educators, and students.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be from an underrepresented group in forestry and natural resources.
    • This includes but is not limited to women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; people of religious communities; first generation college graduates; veterans; people from low-income backgrounds; and persons with disabilities.
  • Have a declared major in Forestry or Natural Resources.
  • Be a full-time student at a US institution.
  • Be based in the US to fulfill the summer internship with RMS. 
  • Have achieved status as a college junior by the fall semester for 2022.
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must maintain it while receiving the scholarship.

Scholarship & Amount:

The scholarship is for up to two years.  It can be used by the recipient to cover tuition, books, room and board. Each scholarship awarded will be $10,000 annually to be paid in the fall and spring semester directly to the recipient’s school.   


RMS will provide a paid, full-time summer internship each year during which the recipient is a beneficiary of the scholarship.

How to Apply

  • The application process for the 2024 scholarship will open in March 2024.
  • To be considered as the 2024 RMS/SAF Forestry Scholarship recipient, you must: (1) complete the online application; and (2) submit one letter of recommendation.
  • The deadline for application submissions will be in May 2024. 
  • If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Buhl, Director of Events & Sales, at [email protected]