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Mortensens establish CFR scholarship

A longtime friend of the College of Forest Resources and an MSU alumnus recently contributed $100,000 to establish the Davis and Ann Mortensen Endowed Scholarship. Davis, a 1956 graduate of MSU, recently retired from Georgia-Pacific Corp. During his tenure at GP, he advanced from being a young industrial engineer in Crossett, Ark., to having responsiblity for almost half of GP's 52,000 employees, the company's six million acres of timber holdings, its manufacturing facilities, and the sales and distribution of products. In 1989, Davis received Georgia-Pacific's coveted Distinguished Service Award for the "important role he played in helping GP grow and prosper." Davis and Ann have been lifelong friends to the College of Forest Resources. In 1993, the Mortensens contributed to the construction of Thompson Hall and a laboratory bears a plaque recongnizing the couple. When establishing the scholarship, Davis said, "There are a lot of high school students who may not have the opportunity to go to college without a scholarship. We hope we are helping some worthy students who might not be able to attend Mississippi State, otherwise." The College of Forest Resources is grateful to the Mortensens for their continuted support. "The Mortensens have been friends of the college for many years and most recent gift reaffirms their passion for natural resources and the College of Forest Resources," said Bob Karr, associate dean. The scholarship is open to all CFR students. Applicants must be full-time students, have a composite ACT score of 26 or greater, have records of academic achievement, and demonstrate leadership skills.

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