Industry scholarship awarded to Penn College forestry student

A forest technology student at Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a scholarship from a fund that memorializes a longtime regional leader in the lumber industry.

Heather E. Hinshaw, of Cogan Station, received the $1,000 award from the Richard P. Lauchle Scholarship Fund administered by the Keystone Wood Products Association. The check was presented during the association’s recent annual membership dinner, held at The Watson Inn in Watsontown.

“It’s great that Heather was the recipient and renewed the thoughts of the association that we are a diverse network of people,” said Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center. “Heather will definitely work well within the industry.”

Lauchle graduated at the top of Williamsport Area Community College’s first forest technology class, worked for Weyerhaeuser in Washington state, and was a deputy warden and forester with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

He founded Lauchle Lumber in 1974, owning and operating the Montoursville business until his death in July 2008.

The scholarship fund, formed through donations from the Lauchle family, private individuals and trade organizations, honors someone of high moral character, with integrity, a strong work ethic and the desire for forest stewardship.

The Harrisburg-based Keystone Wood Products Association includes members from the lumber industry, as well as its widespread business and service providers. Its mission is to strengthen and expand the wood-products manufacturing base in central Pennsylvania in order to maintain and enhance the industry’s competitive position in today’s global economy.

For more about the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies’ forest technology major, visit www.pct.edu/forestry or call 570-327-4516.

For information about Penn College, which is in the midst of a yearlong centennial celebration, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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Last Updated May 22, 2014