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Projects and Scholarships to be Supported by the Fund
Sandy Cochran's vision for forestry was both wide and deep. It included the entire forestry community. He wanted people to work safely, to apply best management practices in the woods, to cultivate the most promising markets for forest products, to learn the most recent research results and technologies, and to work in a policy environment created by informed political leaders. He wanted the best and brightest youth to study for forestry and related careers. His friends and colleagues created this fund to further all those ends.

The Sandy Cochran Fund Committee will give the highest priority to projects directly affecting the Northern Allegheny Region, a 17-county area of northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York (see below for a list of counties). Similarly, scholarship applicants must be from within the area. 

An applicant might seek funding to provide safety training to a group of loggers or sawmillers. Another might seek a scholarship to a two- or four-year forestry, resource management and environmental science program. Another might seek funding for a tour for decision-makers interested in forest policy, or to develop a training video or slide tape, or to produce a publication.

Each application must show the connection between the proposed project and Sandy Cochran's vision, as described here and interpreted by the members of the Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund Committee. Applicants must also provide a clear budget and indicate other sources of support. They must demonstrate the timeliness and uniqueness of their project.The Northern Allegheny Region includes Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango and Warren counties in Pennsylvania and Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chatauqua counties in New York

We accept applications throughout the year. The forms indicate what kind of supporting documentation - letters of support or recommendation, for example - are required for projects and scholarships. Funding available annually depends on markets, and the Committee reserves the right to defer funding until another year when available funds are low or if no applications meet the fund criteria. All scholarship applications are reviewed in January and project applications are reviewed in July. In years when awards are made, applicants should receive funding in August or September.

The Northern Allegheny Region includes Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango and Warren counties in Pennsylvania and Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties in New York..


Download the Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund Scholarship Application.
Mail completed application and supporting documents to:

The Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund Committee
c/o The Forestry Sciences Laboratory
P.O. Box 267

Irvine, PA 16329

Download the Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund Project Application.

Note: If a project requires funding on a tight time scale, electronic review can be made by the Committee. Please contact Todd Ristau at 814-563-1055 or todd.ristau@usda.gov to determine if funding is available before submitting an application outside the normal June window.

Mail completed application and supporting documents to:

The Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund Committee
c/o The Forestry Sciences Laboratory
P.O. Box 267

Irvine, PA 16329

 

 

  The Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund
c/o Forestry Sciences Laboratory
P.O. Box 267, Irvine, PA 16329