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WVU forest resources management student receives Davey Arbor Grant scholarship

Photo of Hunter receiving scholarship award from Miles Stephens. Morgantown, W.Va. – Matthew A. Hunter, a forest resources management junior from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, was named a 2016 recipient of the Davey Arbor Grant scholarship. Each year, the Davey Foundation awards $1,000 merit-based scholarships to the best and brightest students in the industry. Over the last 25 years, Davey Tree has donated more than half a million dollars through this scholarship program. 

Hunter was pleasantly surprised – and extremely grateful – to be selected.

“My initial reaction after finding out I had been selected was disbelief, but after realizing, ‘this is real,’ I was thrilled,” he said. “I’m really thankful for Dr. Dahle’s willingness to recommend me and, of course, I am extremely grateful for the generous support of Davey Tree.” 

To be eligible for an Arbor Grant scholarship, students must be enrolled in a two- or four-year program that focuses on forestry, urban forestry, arboriculture or another green industry field and be recommended by a faculty member. Gregory Dahle, WVU Davis College assistant professor of aboriculture and urban forestry, was pleased to provide the recommendation, given Hunter’s strong performance in his aboriculture class.

“Matt is an active student in both the classroom and student clubs,” said Dahle. “He has demonstrated a passion to learn about the arboriculture profession which has helped him excel in the classroom.” 

Pictured above:  Matthew Hunter (right) receives his scholarship check from Miles Stephens, a WVU forestry alumnus and district manager for Davey Tree Expert Company in the South Pittsburgh Office.