CLEMSON — Clemson University Environmental and Natural Resources major Stephen Clements was named a 2015 Bartlett Tree Foundation scholar. Clements, a senior from Mount Pleasant, received one of 23 scholarships from the foundation for his continued academic excellence in the study of arboriculture.

Stephen Clements

Stephen Clements, Bartlett Tree Scholar

“This scholarship is a huge financial relief for me, I’m having to pay my way through school,” said Clements. “I’d just like to thank The Bartlett Tree Foundation for helping to ease that strain.”

In addition to his studies, Clements currently works at Clemson’s Musser Fruit Research Farm, a 240-acre farm that provides valuable commercial fruit research to South Carolina farmers. On campus, Clements is treasurer of Clemson’s chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He has worked as a volunteer for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, as well as one of 12 environmental interns at Santee Cooper.

“I had worked with Bartlett as a summer intern where I learned about proper tree pruning and removal techniques, as well as fertilizer and pesticide use for urban tree care. This past summer I participated in the Santee Cooper Environmental Internship, which allowed me to see all of the different aspects of creating power for South Carolina,” Clements said.

To receive a scholarship from the Bartlett Tree Foundation, the student must be enrolled in an arboriculture course of study or a closely related discipline. The student must exemplify good character, be worthy of recognition and sustain a sufficient grade-point average. The scholarship is given annually to deserving students to encourage them to pursue studies and careers in arboriculture. The foundation has gifted more $1 million in scholarships since its foundation in 1985.

“Stephen was an excellent fit for this scholarship because of his exceptional academic performance and his summertime tree management experience with Bartlett Tree Experts and Santee Cooper,” said Bob Polomski, Extension horticulturist and instructor.

“In addition to providing financial support for our students, Bartlett hosts my Urban Tree Care course each year for a daylong hands-on-training experience at their Research Laboratories in Charlotte, North Carolina,” said Polomski. “The face-to-face interactions with top-notch scientists and arborists and exposure to cutting-edge technologies in the science and business of arboriculture never fails to educate, motivate and inspire our students. I am so thankful for our partnership with the F.A. Bartlett Tree Experts Company.”