Professional Training & Development Scholarships

Education is a very important part of the Council’s mission, and a small scholarship fund has therefore been created to allow Pennsylvania practitioners, interested individuals, educators, and others to attend workshops, conferences, or classes that will expand their knowledge about urban and community forestry or tree-related issues.


TreePennsylvania awards scholarships four times a calendar year. The schedule is as follows:

1st Quarter (for programs in January, February, and March):
-Deadline is January 1st for completed applications
-$1000 will be available

2nd Quarter (for programs in April, May, and June):
-Deadline is April 1st for completed applications
-$500 will be available

3rd Quarter (for programs in July, August, and September):
-Deadline is July 1st for completed applications.
-Only funds not awarded in previous quarters will be available, therefore Scholarship     amounts may be limited or unavailable.

4th Quarter (for programs in October, November, and December):
-Deadline is October 1st for completed applications
-$500 will be available


Application for scholarship must be submitted prior to the event. This is a reimbursement scholarship program – If you are an awardee, you must pay for the awarded costs up-front and send us a receipt. The Council will reimburse you for the awarded amount when we receive your receipt.

Allowable expenses include conference/class registration fee and housing only. Preference will be given for events in Pennsylvania, but out-of-state events will also be considered.

Applicant Requirements:
   -Only costs ineligible for reimbursement through other means may be reimbursed through a Pennsylvania Community Forests scholarship.
-Applicant must be a full-time resident of Pennsylvania
-Please include a copy of the conference or meeting program with this document
-Within 30 days after the event awardee must submit the following to receive scholarship funds awarded:
-Invoices for all eligible expenses
-A minimum two-paragraph synopsis about the program attended. This will be published in the Council’s electronic communications including but not limited to, e-newsletter, websites, or e-blasts.

Applications should be sent to:
PCF Scholarship Committee
℅ Jessica Cavey
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of Forestry
400 Market Street, RCSOB 6th Floor, PO Box 8552
Harrisburg, PA  17105-8552

Email Jessica with any questions at c-jcavey@pa.gov.

Download Application Here.