Scholarships Announced by Society for Range Management

Several College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students and an alum were among those awarded scholarships at the annual meeting of the Arizona Section of the Society for Range Management. The names of scholarship recipients were announced at the meeting in Prescott, Ariz. on January 24.

Kelsey Hawkes received the Arizona Section’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholarship. She was born in Glendale, Ariz. but raised in Tucson. Hawkes became interested in joining the rangeland ecology and management program at the end of her second year at the University of Arizona. She was drawn to the School of Natural Resources and the Environment because of a desire for a career path that included working outside with nature. She has become very interested in watershed conservation and management, and therefore hopes to find a master's program to pursue those interests.

Bridger Skaarer earned the S. Clark Martin Memorial Scholarship by placing 4th out of 203 contestants (top 2%) in the Undergraduate Range Management Exam at the annual meeting in Spokane, Wash. in 2012. Skaarer graduated from UA in May 2012 with a degree in rangeland ecology and management.

Alanna Riggs and Eric Wagner, both juniors, received the Marcelle E. Schmutz Memorial Scholarship given in memory of Erv Schmutz’s father.  Erv was a longtime faculty member in range management.

Riggs was born and raised on a working cattle ranch in southeastern Arizona, which inspired her to pursue a degree in rangeland ecology and management. She wanted to continue the family tradition and take care of the ranch by combining the wisdom of her grandfather, who has worked the ranch all his life, and the knowledge gained from academia.

Wagner was born and raised in Tucson. He has always had an interest in rangeland ecosystems and the species that inhabit them – and believes the study of rangelands is important because they are used so extensively as resources. He is planning on pursuing a master’s degree in rangeland science with an emphasis on botany and plant population dynamics. Wagner’s goal is to pursue a doctoral degree in a similar field.

Hawkes, Riggs and Wagner are all members of the UA team competing in the Undergraduate Range Management Exam at the SRM Meeting in Oklahoma City this week.

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Mitch McClaran
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Released date: 
Feb 4 2013