CLEMSON — Two Clemson University forestry students were awarded scholarships from the South Carolina Forestry Foundation. This year’s recipients were William Epting, a junior from West Columbia, and Mike Duncan, a senior from Lexington.

Will Epting

Will Epting

The $4000 scholarship is awarded to a South Carolina resident at Clemson University with at least a 3.0 grade-point average. It serves to recognize and encourage forestry students with high academic achievements and leadership potential.

“Mike and William embody what it means to be a good forestry student. They’re good in the classroom and field, have a strong work ethic and are good people all around,” said Don Hagan, assistant professor of forest ecology.

“Forestry is all about relationships. A successful forester must interact with people, and these two have a combination of achievement in both academics and character. Forestry in South Carolina is an $18.6 billion industry, so it’s wonderful to see the industry give back to Clemson and its students, who are some of the best in the country to enter the profession each year.”

“I feel honored to be awarded this scholarship from such an important organization,” Epting said.

Epting will use the scholarship to continue his exemplary work in forestry and after graduation he hopes to work for SCANA as a utility forester.

Mike Duncan

Mike Duncan

Duncan will complete an internship this summer with the Westervelt Company in Alabama focusing on forestry, Southern Yellow Pine lumber manufacturing, renewable energy and ecological restoration services. After graduation he plans to attend graduate school for a Master of Forest Resources degree.

“Forestry students will soon be faced with actively perusing goals of respectable stewardship in land conservation, utilization and management. The Forestry Foundation’s contribution turns these students into leaders who will work together with other fields of study to enhance, restore and preserve this world to its fullest extent,” said Duncan. “I appreciate what this organization has done for me in my journey, and I hope to carry on their legacy of promoting land stewardship and protecting our nation’s forest heritage.”

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