Tom Heard International Forestry Scholarship
Northern Arizona University
Giving works wonders – it can move backwards and forwards in time – as was recently proven by Kathleen Heard when, with a gift of $16,000, she founded the Tom Heard International Forestry Scholarship. A proud daughter and parent, Kathleen’s gift pays homage to her father while honoring her son. Tom Heard dedicated his life and his mining career of 53 years in South America to higher education, economic advancement and global development. Kathleen’s son, Justin Hallett, recently completed his bachelor’s in forestry at NAU and began work on his master’s this fall. Looking behind, and ahead, Kathleen created this endowed scholarship which will provide support beginning in 2010 for NAU students interested in international forestry. Additionally, so impressed with the School of Forestry, Kathleen provided four $500 scholarships awarded last April to forestry students Peter Evtimov, Karen Koestner, Charles Machula (pictured above) and Isaac Bickford. With her generosity today, Kathleen transforms her father’s successful past into the promise of success for NAU students. Parents like Kathleen Heard affirm that supporting one’s beliefs, and one’s children, can indeed establish a family legacy.