Carl Alwin Schenck Award

Society of American Foresters (SAF)

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Deadline: Mar 15, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Fields of work: Forestry

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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The German-born and educated Carl Alwin Schenck was invited to the United States by George W. Vanderbilt to manage the Vanderbilt Forest Estate in North Carolina. Together with Bernhard E. Fernow and Gifford Pinchot, Schenck was one of the few academically trained foresters in the United States in the 1880's and was among the original fifteen active members of SAF. Schenck founded the first forestry education program in the United States at the Biltmore Forestry School in 1898. A confirmed generalist, Schenck taught all of the forestry subjects offered at Biltmore. Dean Emeritus Joseph S. Illick of the College of Forestry, State University of New York, and one of Schenck's forestry students, said of him: "Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck possessed that rare quality which characterizes the superior teacher who can make education remain after all that was learned has been forgotten." 

This award recognizes outstanding performance in the field of forestry education. The award is presented at the SAF national convention and includes a honorarium of $500, complimentary convention registration, and up to $500 to cover travel expenses.

Nominees  must demonstrate their abilities as an outstanding forestry educator, including attributes in the following areas:

  • Devotion to the instruction of forestry
  • Demonstration of an active career that sets high professional and educational standards for students and demonstration of outstanding service to professional education
  • Development of personal teaching methods that are characterized by imparting competent knowledge through dynamic communication skills and by imaginative techniques, or by Development of educational programs that utilize novel concepts in search of imparting sound forestry education to students.

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  • Nominees must be an active faculty member at the time of the nomination in any SAF-accredited degree program and a minimum of ten-years of professional experience.


This page was last reviewed March 16, 2020 and last updated March 16, 2020