MAA Gordon & Frances King Student Scholarships

Application deadline: JUNE 5.

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.

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Professor Gordon King
1918-2016

Professor King and his wife, Frances.Gordon King attended The University of North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Forestry and Michigan State where he earned Master Degree in Urban Forestry. After graduation, one of King’s first jobs was managing a 5000 acre rubber tree plantation in Liberia for Firestone. While in Liberia, he met and married his wife, Frances Jolly who was a missionary engaged in building schools and educating young children. Upon returning to the US, King joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts where he headed up the two year Arboriculture and Park Management Program at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, a positon he held until his retirement in in 1985. While teaching at the University he earned his Doctorate in Urban Forestry. Professor King took a keen interest in his students and became a dear friend and mentor to countless individuals over the years. He and his wife Frances would often entertain students at their home in Leverett and provide them with a welcome break from the academic rigors of their studies. The extent to which both Professor King and his wife Frances had endeared themselves to his students was evident in the countless friendships that endured, long after graduation day. 

Professor King was an energetic individual who worked with numerous organizations to promote the professional development of the arboriculture industry including The Massachusetts Arborist Association, The International Arborists Association, and the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association. In his spare time Professor King ran a “pick your own” blueberry farm and Christmas Tree Farm on 35 acres of land that he owned in Leverett which he eventually donated to the town.

Professor King had a strong sense of civic responsibility as well and served as the volunteer Fire Chief in Leverett for over 35 years. He also helped to found the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust to help preserve open space within the Town of Leverett. In 2010 he was honored by the Trust for having formed and led a group of volunteers that collected over a million returnable bottles and cans that raised more than $50,000 dollars over a twenty year period. These funds were used entirely to support the groups land preservation efforts.