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MAA Scholarships


An opportunity for incoming UMass & Stockbridge students

Gordon & Frances King


Three (3) $1,000 Scholarships are Available

Available for incoming students enrolling full-time in the four-year Urban Forestry program at UMass, or in the two-year Arboriculture and Park Management program at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. 


Trees are one of our most valuable natural resources and caring for them is essential to our environment.  A career in professional tree care offers an unique opportunity to be an environmental steward -  to possess the critical knowledge that helps our urban forests stay healthy and flourish. 

Professional tree care is a booming industry in Massachusetts.  Instructors at UMass and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture report 100% job placement for graduates - one of the highest percentages at the university.  The industry offers a challenging career with good salaries, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.

The most critical issues facing the Massachusetts tree care industry today is an ongoing need for well-trained arborists.  To that end, the Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA)  created three annual scholarships to help recruit and educate commercial arborists at the University of Massachusetts and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.  Approved candidates who successfully complete their first semester of study with a GPA of 2.0 or better will be awarded a $1000.00 scholarship. 

The MAA’s scholarship is named for the late Gordon King, an enthusiastic and well-loved professor of arboriculture who taught at UMass for more 25 years - and his late wife, Frances, whose care and support of her husband’s arboriculture students earned her the endearing nickname of “Ma” King. 

The MAA  is an active and involved trade association that serves the commercial arboriculture industry.  We advance the goals of our members through education, research support, certification and promotion of the value of proper tree care to the public.  Membership in the MAA includes more than 700 of the state’s leading arborists. 

The MAA considers student scholarships the most important commitment the arboriculture community can make to ensure the growth and development of the commercial tree care industry. 


1.      Applicant must be an incoming student enrolling full-time in the four-year Urban Forestry program at UMass,or in the two-year Arboriculture and Community Forestry program at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. 

2.      Approved applicant must successfully complete their first semester work with a grade point average of 2.0, or better, based on a scale of 4.0.

3.      Preference will be given to residents of Massachusetts who plan to work in the Massachusetts commercial tree care industry.  Preference will also be given to an applicant who demonstrates financial need.

4.     Previous MAA scholarship award winners are not eligible for additional funding.

    For more information: 
    Massachusetts Arborists Association
    King Scholarship Committee
    67 West Street
    Medfield, MA 02052
    (508) 653-3320


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