Are you planning a career in mine land reclamation?

Scholarships are available from the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs. Click on the link below for details and application.



2014 Scholarship Winners

The recipient for the eastern states is Hannah Angel. Ms. Angel graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. Her long term objective is to work as a professional forester in the field conducting forestry reclamation on active and legacy coal surface mines in Appalachia using the Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA) and methodologies for mitigation problems associated with mine soils. For the summer of 2014, Hannah accepted an intern position with Luminant to work in the field at mine sites in east Texas with a goal of learning as much as possible about pine plantation establishment on reclaimed mine land. In the fall of 2014, she will be pursuing a Master of Science degree in Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. She will work as a teaching assistant for Dendrology. In her research, Hannah is interested in contributing to the advancement of the science of surface mine reforestation by applying some or all of the aspects of ARRI's FRA to improve forest growth and productivity. She is also interested in American chestnut restoration on mined lands.

The recipient for the western states is Mason Oxford. Mr. Oxford is entering his second year at Montana State University. He is planning to earn his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in bio-resource management by May of 2017. He is excited at the opportunity to further his research and learn more about mine reclamation projects. For several years, Mason helped his dad with their small general contracting business. Their main contracts were with the State of Colorado Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program. Mason has been involved in all sorts of reclamation jobs including the safeguarding of abandoned openings, tailings, re-vegetation, and underground coal fire mitigation. Outside of work and school, Mason enjoys all sorts of outdoor recreational activities. He is an avid hiker, kayaker, skier, motorcyclist, and general outdoor enthusiast. Mason looks forward to a career in reclamation services, so that he can keep enjoying the outdoors for the rest of his life.


Past Scholarship Winners

2008 Marlene Hanabeck Heather Luinstra  
2009 Colleen Kenny Melinda Parsons  
2010 Angela Moyer Casey Clark  
2011 Calene Thomas Everett Brill  
2012 Evan Thibaud Ashley Hodgson  
2013 Jessica Odenheimer Rachel Powel Katherine Stockdale