Jacob Baskin
University of California, Berkeley
Major: Architecture

I am so grateful to have been awarded the MFMA scholarship! Receiving this scholarship significantly eases the stress of paying tuition; it's also supporting me in my goal of becoming a professional architect in the future. The MFMA scholarship has also pushed me further in the direction of sustainable design, which I will try to incorporate into my studies this year and in the years to come!


Laurel Trout
Western Colorado University 
Major: Environmental Biology

Being a 2023 recipient of the MFMA scholarship means the world to me. Graduate school is expensive and this award will greatly reduce the financial strain on me and my family as I seek to finish my degree. This will allow me to focus on my studies and achieve my goals without worrying about the large tuition bill. I will also have more time to focus on my extracurricular activities, including trail running and symphonic band, which I really enjoy participating in. I am so grateful to the MFMA Sport Flooring Contractor Members’ Advisory Council for awarding me this amazing scholarship and I will use it well to pursue a future career in natural resources.


Michael Sakellakis
Duke University
Major: Environmental Sustainability; Forestry

This scholarship holds immense significance for me, as it will significantly enhance my ability to pursue my academic goals. By relieving some of the financial burden associated with tuition payments, this scholarship will allow me to fully immerse myself in my studies and actively engage in my field of study. It will provide me with the opportunity to focus on my coursework, research, and extracurricular activities, enhancing my overall educational experience.

Once again, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the MFMA Advisory Council for this incredible opportunity and for supporting my educational journey. I am truly honored to be a recipient of the MFMA Scholarship.

I look forward to contributing to the MFMA community and making the most of this scholarship.

Thank you once again for this generous award.


Nathanael Campos Jiminez
University of Florida
Major: Architecture

I am deeply grateful to the MFMA organization for awarding me a scholarship to support my study abroad semester. This generous scholarship will make a significant difference in my educational journey, allowing me to pursue unique academic and cultural experiences that would have otherwise been out of reach. Studying architecture abroad is a dream come true for me, and this financial assistance will alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with such a program. I am excited to embark on this transformative adventure, and I assure you that I will make the most of this opportunity to broaden my horizons and gain valuable insights. Thank you for helping the upcoming generations and for investing in our future!


Sophia Cameron
University of Maine

Major: Forestry

I would like to thank the MFMA for their time and consideration during the MFMA 2023-2024 Scholarship selection process. As a first-year Master of Forestry student at the University of Maine, Orono, this scholarship will be a huge help, specifically for purchasing the required materials for my courses so that I can be successful during my first semester.


I look forward to spending the next two years learning all of the necessary skills to enter the workforce as a forester in Pennsylvania, where a large portion of maple lumber is produced. I hope to maintain a relationship with the MFMA throughout my time in school and into my career as a forester.

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