NACOGDOCHES – John R. Burns of Crockett was awarded the Albert Ruel Parrott Memorial Scholarship and the Bone Hill Foundation Field Station Scholarship at the 2014 Forestry and Environmental Science Awards Convocation at Stephen F. Austin State University.
The Albert Ruel Parrott Memorial Scholarship was established through the SFA Alumni Association in 1992 by Jewell Esther Parrott to honor the memory of her late husband, Albert Ruel Parrott. Parrott was a lifelong resident of east Texas and a graduate of Garrison High School. He was associated with W. A. Parrott and Sons Sawmills, which operated for many years near the communities of Wells, Garrison, Blackjack and Chireno.
Burns, a sophomore majoring in forest wildlife management at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, is confident that he made the right choice by enrolling at SFA.
"I felt that SFA had the best forestry program in the state, and I am able to major in forestry and wildlife dually," Burns explained.
Burns' passion for land management and the outdoors will be an asset this summer as he attends SFA's six-week Forestry Field Station at the Piney Woods Conservation Center. In an effort to offset the rising cost of tuition and fees, The Bone Hill Foundation offers its Field Station Scholarship to those students attending the Forestry Field Station.
During his time at SFA, Burns has served as the secretary of the SFA Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, work project manager for SFA Sylvans, and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society.
After graduation Burns hopes to work as a consulting forester and wildlife manager, and feels that his time spent at SFA has prepared him well for his future in natural resource management.
"The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture has a wonderful forestry program," Burns said. "I feel that I will have a strong background to start my career when I graduate."
Burns is the son of Gary Burns and the late Lori Burns of Crockett.