A recent pledge by Starkville resident Bryce Griffis will establish an endowed scholarship in his name. Griffis, president of Sturgis Timber Co., is a longtime supporter of the College of Forest Resources and has actively promoted higher education in Mississippi. The Delta State University alumnus was a member of the state Board of Trustees, Institution of Higher Learning from 1980 until 1992, and served a one-year term as president. He is a past president of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers' Association, Mississippi Forestry Association, and the Mississippi Lumber Manufacturers' Association. In 1998, he was elected president of the Mississippi State Foundation board and is currently serving in that post. The Bryce Griffis Endowed Scholarship will be available to all full-time students in the College of Forest Resources. Students must demonstrate acceptable academic achievement (a minimum 3.0 grade point average) and be one of good moral character. Candidates also must illustrate leadership ability and show potential for an outstanding career in forestry, wildlife and fisheries, or in forest products. "The College of Forest Resources is grateful for the generous pledge made by Bryce. We are very proud of his commitment to forestry and Mississippi State University," said Bob Karr, interim dean.