Hollis Gregory of Boyd, a junior at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, recently received the Forestry Scholarship from the Pineywoods Chapter of Safari Club International at the 2012 Forestry and Environmental Science Awards Convocation.
He is studying forest recreation management at SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.
The scholarship was established through the SFA Alumni Association and is awarded based on scholastic achievement.
Gregory is an honors student with a 3.25 grade-point average overall and a 3.4 GPA in forestry. He was included on the Dean’s List in spring 2011. During his time at SFA, he has also received the Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, LLP Scholarship, the Bruce Miles Forestry Scholarship, the C/H Thrash Scholarship and the U.S. Marine Distinguished Athlete of the Year Award.
Gregory is the Children’s Ministry Intern at Grace Bible Church for 2012 and is a member of the Baptist Student Ministry leadership team. He is also involved with Crosspoint Ministry and the SFA School of Honors.
This summer, Gregory is a programs worker at Riverbend Retreat Center, where he works on the zip line, archery range, paintball course, challenge course and BMX track. He also cleans cabins and helps in the cafeteria with serving food and cleaning up.
Gregory said he loves to read, watch movies, cook and enjoy the outdoors. His appreciation of the outdoors is what encouraged him to study forest recreation management.
“I chose my major because I love anything and everything to do with the outdoors and natural resource management. It is such an interesting field,” Gregory said.
Through his career, Gregory hopes that he can encourage others to discover the splendor of nature and importance of conserving it.
“Growing up, I spent my summers riding my bike from one fishing hole to the next and hunting everything I could legally hunt. My father instilled in me a love of the outdoors, and he taught me to appreciate it and not to abuse it,” he said. “I have had so many wonderful experiences and memories, and have seen how beautiful (nature) is.
“I want to be a part of keeping it that way and showing others the same experiences and beauty.”
After graduation, he plans to further his education by obtaining a master’s degree.