Clemson, SC—The South Carolina Forestry Foundation Board of Trustees awarded scholarships to Clemson University students Colby Benfield, junior from Indian Lake, and Adam McClure, sophomore from Campobello.

Benfield and McClure, both forest resource management majors in Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, each received a $4,000. The South Carolina Forestry Foundation looks for high academic achievement as well as leadership potential when selecting recipients. Candidates must be a native of South Carolina and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better.

Colby Benfield

Colby Benfield

Benfield participated in the 60th annual Southern Forestry Conclave this year hosted by Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He competed in men’s crosscut and was the backup for log burling.

“I am appreciative of scholarship award and plan to use it to help pay for Forestry Summer Camp, which is a requirement for our major,” Benfield said.

When asked about future plans, Benfield said, “I am currently looking into the Fire Tigers, a program that began this year at Clemson. It trains students to be certified wildland firefighters. The last two years I have been a certified volunteer firefighter for my hometown, which has taught me to perform under pressure situations. I am always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to someone in need.”

Adam McClure

Adam McClure

McClure grew up fifteen minutes from Hogback Mountain in the Upstate and spent his early years hiking, camping, hunting and fishing there. This instilled in him a love for nature and the outdoors.

“I would like to do my part in preserving the beautiful forests we have here. I am going to use my degree to help other people understand the importance of forestry and preserving the beautiful wilderness we have here today,” McClure said.

A recent economic analysis and report showed that forestry contributes $21 million and 84,000 jobs to the South Carolina economy.

The South Carolina Forestry Foundation, established in 1980, serves as the education, conservation, and research arm of the Forestry Association of SC. The Foundation began awarding scholarships in 1987.