MFA Supported Scholarship and Educational Programs
The MFA sponsors or is involved with several scholarship and career education opportunities for members, families of members, or industry associates.
The Rudy Baliko Memorial Scholarship for Logger Training
The Maryland Forest Association is excited to partner with the MD-DE Master Logger program to offer Logger training courses at no cost to Maryland and Delaware residents. These courses include the 4 core courses related to safety, threatened & endangered species, and best management practices. This fund will also be available for many continuing education courses that are offered through the MD-DE Master Logger program. The scholarship is made possible from a generous donation by Loveville Timberworks, LLC.
Those who qualify for no-cost courses are expected to complete and pass all requirements and examinations associated with the training.
To receive a promo code for the Rudy Baliko Memorial Scholarship, participants must complete the registration form. If registration is not complete, the participant will be billed the full cost of their course.
To register for the scholarship: go.umd.edu/loggerscholarship
If you have any questions please contact Agnes Kedmenecz, the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-827-8056
The Dick Stanfield Scholarship
The Dick Stanfield Scholarship will provide a $500 cash award to an MFA member, child of an MFA member, or employee of Edrich Lumber to continue their education at the college level. The scholarship will be awarded every year. The application includes short essay and verification of college enrollment. The application deadline is August 31st with awards announced by September 30th.
2019 Scholarship Winners
The MFA Board of Directors is pleased to award two $500 scholarships for the 2019/2020 school year. James Wells, senior at Frostburg State University (FSU), majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries with minors in Biology and Geography. Mr. Wells hopes to continue his education in graduate school before finding a career in natural resources conservation. Abigail Smith is a junior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Sustainability. Ms. Smith plans to continue her education at Johns Hopkins University to pursue a Master of Environmental Management and Policy. Her career goals are to work in ecological restoration as well as designing green landscapes that are ADA accessible.
About the Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2012 by the MFA, in memory and honor of long-time member, Dick Stanfield. Mr. Stanfield was instrumental in starting the Maryland Forests Association in 1976. He had been president of the Maryland Lumberman’s Association and after it became the Maryland Forests Association he served as vice president of its Central Maryland division, and treasurer from 1987 until his death in 2012.
Mr. Stanfield began working in 1956 as treasurer of Edrich Farms, Inc. on Old Court Road in Windsor Mill and was also treasurer of Edrich Farms Nursery Inc. He established and served as president of Edrich Lumber Inc., located at the site of Edrich Farms Inc. and Edrich Farms Nursery, Inc. Mr. Stanfield began the operation with a small mill cutting logs into lumber, with the sawdust and shavings being turned into mulch. He became one of the largest producers of mulch in the area. Later, as the need arose for the proper disposal of brush and wood debris, he expanded again when he developed another business that grew into one of the largest recyclers of wood products in the Baltimore area. Dick is credited with expanding the lumber business into the international arena. In addition to his career, Mr. Stanfield was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing and boating, and was instrumental in the development and expansion of what is now known as Northwest Hospital Center.
The MFA continues to accept donations to the Dick Stanfield Scholarship, to build its endowment to fund future scholarships. If you wish to make a donation, please remit payment in care of the Dick Stanfield Memorial Scholarship, MFA, PO Box 332, Linkwood, MD 21835. Donations are tax-deductible. Optional donations can also be made at any time by visiting our JOIN MFA page.
The Natural Resources Careers Camp (NRCC)
The MFA accepts donations to the NRCC and passes any funds to support the Camp program. Donations can be made at any time by visiting our JOIN MFA page. College credits and scholarships are available at the Natural Resources Careers Camp. Students join professionals from across the state for seven days of intense instruction and fun at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County, Maryland. The NRCC is presented by the Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards in partnership with Allegany College, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Maryland Forestry Foundation.