The employees of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are excited to offer four $1000 scholarships to seniors in six communities where local Forest Service offices are located. Graduating seniors with a minimum 2.75 GPA seeking to continue their education at an academic, vocational or trade institution are eligible.

According to Forest Service employee Christine Bradbury, “We believe the best way to remember co-workers no longer with us is to support local youth in their honor.”

Money for the annual scholarships is donated by local Forest Service employees. This year, TLC Foundation matched employee contributions, doubling the number of scholarships available. The TLC Foundation was established by family and friends of Tammy L. Clark, an energetic and civic-minded resident of Orofino with a passion for youth. Tammy was also a beloved employee of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

“We’re looking for young people who share our love of the outdoors and sense of community pride,” said Bradbury.

The mission of the Forest Service is “to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the Nation’s Forests and grasslands to meet the needs of current and future generations.” Applicants are asked to submit a one page essay on their relationship to the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests. Essays can describe good memories, a favorite place, a job, or any special connection they have with the Forests. 

In addition to the essay, applicants will be evaluated on community and school service. “As a whole, Forest Service employees are very active in our communities.” said Bradbury. “You’ll find our employees volunteering as coaches, scoutmasters or 4H leaders, active in organizations, schools and churches, and we’d like to encourage and reward young people for being generous with their time and talents.”

Students from Clearwater Valley, Grangeville, Kamiah, Orofino, Potlatch, Salmon River and Timberline High Schools can obtain applications from their school counselors.

Nez Perce-Clearwater employees would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the TLC Foundation for helping double the number of available scholarships.

For information on the TLC Foundation, visit them on Facebook!

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