Ensures Healthy, Productive, and Sustainable Forests

Nicholas M. Curtis Memorial Scholarship Endowment Winner Announced


CONTACT: Amanda Murphy, director of communications

North Carolina Forestry Association

(919) 834-3943 ext. 5

RALEIGH, NC - The North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA) announced the recipient of the 2022 Nicholas M. Curtis Memorial Scholarship Endowment, North Carolina State University (NCSU) student Mary Marriott. Mary is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management. She participates in several extracurricular activities in addition to her studies, including an internship with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and at NCSU focused on carbon sequestration and longleaf pine. She has a 4.0 GPA and her goal is to pursue a PhD and eventually become a forestry professor. As stated in her essay, “Each class I take makes me more eager to learn and represent the field of forestry in the best way possible. My goal is to become a professor and truly prepare forestry students for the workforce.”

Friends and family of the late Nicholas Maxwell Curtis established the Nicholas M. Curtis Memorial Scholarship Endowment in August 2022. The list of donors includes J.B. Smith & Beverly Brooks; Dr. Ellen C. Collett & Mr. J. Rountree Collett Jr.; Amy Wilson Scott & Family; Anne & Alex Bernhardt Foundation; Samuel & Linda Canipe; Saundra & David Whitson; and Jason Hensley. NCFA manages the scholarship through funds provided by the Forest Education and Conservation Foundation (FECF). The FECF awards one scholarship each fall to a NCSU forestry student that shows academic excellence and financial need. Mr. Nicholas Maxwell Curtis of Lenoir, NC, worked on logging crews in the western United States during his youth; attended and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a major in business and minor in forestry, and then served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Curtis spent 33 years with Bernhardt Furniture Company as the director of purchasing, after which, he continued working as a consultant for the company through 2022.

About NCFA – The NCFA is a private, non-profit partnership of approximately 4,000 forest managers, landowners, mill operators, loggers, furniture manufacturers, educators, and others concerned about the long-term health and productivity of the state’s forest resources and the industries they support. The North Carolina Forestry Association is the state’s oldest forest conservation organization, established in 1911. Mission Statement - The NCFA Ensures Healthy, Productive, and Sustainable Forests. www.ncforestry.org

About FECF – The FECF, founded in 1965, was established for receiving gifts and bequests of money and property. The FECF is dedicated to encouraging and advancing, through educational and scientific advancement, technological development and wise use and management of the forest resources of North Carolina to support the general well-being of the state and its citizens.