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Emeritus College presents Community Service Award to Vic Shelburne


At its virtual annual meeting last week, the Emeritus College presented its 2021 Community Service Award to Vic Shelburne, Professor Emeritus of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Calvin Schoulties, chair of the Awards Committee, said Shelburne has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 40 years. He mentored more than 236 young people to the rank of Eagle Scout and supervised more than 1,400 nights of camping for Clemson Troop 235.

Shelburne’s nominator wrote, “Vic Shelburne believes so strongly in the values of Scouting that he has dedicated his life to volunteering as a leader. In the process, he has become the very personification of dedication and high-minded principle.”

An Eagle Scout himself, Shelburne received Clemson’s prestigious 1989 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for outstanding community service.

Shelburne became an assistant professor of forestry in 1990 and advanced through the ranks to professor in 2004. He retired in 2012. The Clemson Forestry Department named him its Outstanding Alumnus in 2013. He now has received 21 awards and honors for Scouting and community service.