Clemson forestry student wins inaugural Mary-Julia C. Royall Scholarship
Clemson — Clemson University junior forest resource management major Hannah Bailey of Simpsonville is the inaugural winner of the South Carolina Forestry Foundation Mary-Julia C. Royall Scholarship.
Bailey earned the $4,000 scholarship for her academic and leadership achievements.
“It means a lot that people want to invest in my education,” Bailey said. “I have a twin sister majoring in engineering here at Clemson, so my parents have to pay for everything twice. The scholarship is a big help.”
The money is helping defray the cost of forestry summer camp, a seven-week experiential learning program designed to give students hands-on experience in forest operations, forest mathematics and forest products manufacturing.
“Camp was scary at first but now I don’t want it to end,” Bailey said. “Being outside doing hands-on things makes you feel like a real forester.”
Bailey hopes to pursue her master’s and Ph.D. and become a professor. She jumpstarted her teaching career when assistant professor of forest ecology Donald Hagan gave her the opportunity to design and teach a lab in fire ecology.
“Hannah came up with a lesson plan, developed handouts, and organized and led a field trip for two of my four lab sections,” Hagan said. “It was a huge success. Many students commented that it was their favorite lab activity, so I definitely plan on continuing to teach it in future semesters. Hannah will make a great teacher someday.”
About Mary-Julia C. Royall
Mary-Julia C. Royall of Mount Pleasant has a long history of forestry advocacy. She was named 1982 Tree Farmer of the Year by the South Carolina Forestry Foundation, and was recently named the inaugural recipient of the Cresco Historical Stewardship Award. Royall has served as Mount Pleasant’s official historian for the past twenty years and was a founding member of the Mount Pleasant Historical Commission. She has written two books: Mount Pleasant: The Victorian Village and Mount Pleasant: The Friendly Town.