SFI is once again providing opportunities for undergraduate or graduate environmental science, natural resources, and sustainability students to attend our conference.  Thanks to financial support from several SFI Program Participants and partners, SFI will provide funding for several students to attend. The scholarship will cover registration, 2-night hotel stay, meals, and up to a $100 travel stipend. In return for the scholarship, we ask students to bring some aspect of the SFI conference back to their school – e.g., an article for a school newsletter, a presentation to a class or student forum, blog post, etc.

Any students interested in a scholarship to the SFI 2017 conference should send an email to Rocco Saracina, Manager, Conservation Partnerships. Each student should provide the following information:

  1. Student name
  2. School name
  3. Degree being pursued and any specialization (also degree level, Bachelors, Masters, etc.)
  4. What aspect of the SFI annual conference is of particular interest (e.g., certain subject areas, sessions, speakers, or past examples of topics covered)?

If you have any questions please contact Rocco by email at rocco.saracina@sfiprogram.org or by phone at 202-596-3459.


Past Experiences

"Thank you for arranging such an amazing experience for us students at the SFI conference. I learned more than I could have imaged and made some great new contacts during the event.  I am sure the experience will prove to be valuable as I continue my research and education at UGA!"

— Chantal Tumpach, University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
2016 Student Scholar


“I really appreciate how much my understanding of SFI has increased through attending the conference. The organization really is much more than just a certification program and is doing really incredible things all across our continent...I especially appreciated being exposed to so many people of very diverse educational backgrounds and expertise.”

— Sylvia Ann Weir, North Carolina State University
2016 Student Scholar

“Thanks again for all the effort you put into the SFI conference and the student program. I was very impressed by how well the students were integrated into the community, and how welcoming everyone was. I think you’ll appreciate knowing the networking didn’t stop when the conference ended. I sat next to Doug Onley from Yakama Forest Products on my flight to Seattle, and we spent the flight talking about forestry in Washington and Idaho.”

— Rebecca Sheridan, University of Idaho
2015 Student Scholar

“I can’t emphasize enough how important this program is; we do need the next generation of foresters to be leaders with the right mind set on issues like conservation and sustainability. I think this program offers the right opportunity to work on that.”

— Daniel G. Scognamillo, Ph.D. – Associate Professor Wildlife Ecology and Conservation/GIS,
Stephen F. Austin State University,
  2015 Student Mentor

“It was a great experience. I was able to further understand how forest certification works, while making good contacts in the process. It was extremely helpful to have assigned mentors.”

— Jasmine Slater, University of Toronto, Masters in Forestry
     2014 Student Scholar

“Thank you for everything at the conference from the networking opportunities to the hospitality. We had a great time.”

— Hina Alam, University of Toronto
2014 Student Scholar

"SFI Conference was an excellent place to network with various forest stakeholders. Forests should remain healthy and productive to maintain the resilience of the social-ecological system — forest certification plays a significant role here. It is also important to gap the divide between people and nature. I had only learned about forest certification and sustainablity in my Ecosystem Stewardship class Through this conference, I understood how these concepts were being applied in the real world by various organizations."

Shruthi, Texas A&M University Student
     2013 Student Scholar



Student Sponsorship and Mentorship Opportunities

If you would like to learn more about student sponsorship opportunities, or becoming a student mentor, please contact Rocco Saracina, Manager of Conservation Partnerships by email at rocco.saracina@sfiprogram.org or by phone at 202-596-3459.

You could also consider a donation to the Rob Olszewski Memorial Education Fund for Future Forest Leaders.


Read Rocco's blog about the 2014 participants: As Diverse as the World's Forests

Read Rocco's blog about the 2015 participants: Celebrating the Past, Looking Towards the Future