National Scholarship Propels Henley Baugh Toward Graduation


Henley Baugh


​Henley Baugh, a senior forestry student in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries (FWF) at the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, recently won the John Mabry Forestry Scholarship, a national scholarship from the Railway Tie Association. Photo by K. Keel-Blackmon, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

 


KNOXVILLE - Henley Baugh, a senior forestry student in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries (FWF) at the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, recently won a national scholarship from the Railway Tie Association. The John Mabry Forestry Scholarship is awarded to only two students each year, and Henley’s scholarship essay was the first chosen. The scholarship is helping Henley finish his B.S. in forestry with a minor in plant sciences, and he is expected to graduate this May.

Winners of this scholarship are chosen based on a number of factors including scholastic achievement and leadership qualities. Dr. John Zobel, one of Henley’s FWF professors, notes, "Henley always demonstrated an excellent work ethic and the desire to understand the broader implications of course material rather than simply focusing on satisfying requirements. With these characteristics, Henley has a bright future in the forestry profession."

The scholarship essay required students to explain how they would apply forestry knowledge to benefit the railway tie industry. Henley drew a parallel between being an Eagle Scout, and their concept of “leave no trace,” and applying that principle to harvesting practices that would leave the forest in better condition than before the harvest. Healthier, high-quality timber would be left for the next harvest round, benefiting the forest and the forestry industry at the same time.

Henley, who was born and raised in Farragut, Tennessee, says that receiving this scholarship is a huge compliment to him personally, and that it speaks well of the high-quality forestry education he has received. FWF is part of the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, with faculty participating in UT Institute of Agriculture AgResearch and UT Extension programs. The curricula focus on a mastery learning approach, emphasizing practical, hands-on experiences. FWF’s faculty, staff, and students conduct research and extension that advances the science and sustainable management of our natural resources. For more information, visit the department’s website: fwf.ag.utk.edu.

Henley is currently in his fifth year at UT, which means that he was no longer eligible for the Hope Scholarship. The John Mabry Forestry Scholarship is helping Henley on his way to graduation and a great career in forestry. After graduation, he hopes to begin his career forestry or commercial horticulture and plans to start his own tree and shrub nursery.

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Contact:  Kristy Keel-Blackmon, 865-974-8342, kristyak@utk.edu