Big Creek Lumber would like to help today’s youth gain valuable skills that will help them be self-sufficient and provide the opportunity to build sustainable, enjoyable careers.
We are offering a scholarship one-time award $2,000.
Deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday, April 30th 2021.
Bud and Lud McCrary co-founded Big Creek Lumber at the same age that most students graduate high school. Times were different in 1946 and they gained valuable training in skilled trades while serving during World War II and continued learning on the job after founding Big Creek Lumber. Although their education was non-traditional, the skills that they picked up serving their country set them up for success. After founding Big Creek they learned mechanical, business, forestry skills and became life long learners. Since its inception, Big Creek Lumber has been fortunate to have the support of employees and customers who have made their careers in the skilled trades and forestry.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- High school senior who plans to attend a university or college majoring in forestry or attend a trade, vocational or truck driving school beginning in Fall of 2021.
- Attend a High School within 25 miles of a Big Creek Lumber Location in California (Atwater, Davenport, Half Moon Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Cruz or Watsonville)
For all eligibility requirements, deadlines and additional information, please review the Scholarship Application below.
In 1946, Big Creek Lumber was founded by brothers Bud and Lud McCrary through a combination of hard work, ingenuity, a foundation in the skilled trades, and a passion for sustainable forestry.
Now, 75 years later, the Big Creek Lumber is honoring that legacy and celebrating 75 years in business by launching the McCrary Family Scholarship, which will provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in the skilled trades or forestry.
Upon returning from service in World War II, Bud and Lud co-founded Big Creek Lumber at approximately the same age that most students graduate high school. Although their education was non-traditional, the skills that they picked up serving their country set them up for success when establishing Big Creek Lumber. During the war, Bud worked for the Navy as a teenage civilian and later served in the Navy as a mechanic on aircraft carriers. Meanwhile, Lud signed up for continuation school while attending a trade school in San Francisco for diesel mechanics, all before serving in the Merchant Marines at the young age of 16. The pair’s father, Frank McCrary, served in the SeaBees (the United States Naval Construction Battalion) while their mother Agnes worked in the San Francisco shipyards welding and watering down concrete ships as they cured.
When Bud, Lud, their father Frank, and their uncle Homer returned from the war and founded Big Creek Lumber in 1946, they put the trade skills they acquired during the war and from a life working in the woods into practice and took on the roles of loggers, sawyers, equipment operators, mechanics, builders, and more for the fledgling company.
Together, four men who never earned a high school diploma but had a sound skill set in the trades, a dedication to forest management, and knowledgeable mentors, became lifelong learners and built Big Creek Lumber into the company it is today.
The McCrary Family Scholarship will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who will be continuing their education in the skilled trades or forestry. Students who are seeking to apply can get more information and an application at: www.bigcreeklumber.com/scholarships