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Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
Academic Awards Program

“Growing Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders”

ACADEMIC AWARD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The MNLA Foundation offers scholarships to students each year who have chosen the nursery and landscape industry as their career choice.

  • $1,000 College Scholarships provided by members of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and the MNLA Foundation
  •  $500 High School Scholarships provided by members of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and the MNLA Foundation

QUALIFICATIONS

Award winners will be chosen based on:

  • Interest in the industry; Landlovers.org
  • Recommendations from two teachers and/or letter written by the applicant
  • Good citizenship as determined by teacher
  • Average or above average academic achievement
  • Employee experience

SELECTION PROCESS

Students may be nominated by their instructor, or a student may send their interest letter and resume to their instructor.  


Click to SPONSOR THE 2018-2019 MNLA Foundation Scholarship Program

 

Congratulations to the 2017-18 MNLA Foundation Scholarship Winners!

The MNLA Foundation partnered with 23 member companies to present 30 academic scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. Here is a look at this year’s recipients.

 

ABRAHAM BERG

Sponsored by: Home Sown Gardens, LLC

School: Rochester Community & Technical College

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: I would like to work in the tree care industry and urban design.  

 

DAN BETZ

Sponsored by: Robin D. Linder Memorial Scholarship

School: Century College

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: After graduation, I plan to obtain a job as a part of the grounds department within a city, corporation, university, or with a sporting complex.

 

ANDREW BIGALK

Sponsored by: Countryside Gardens, Inc.

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Design and Construction, Greenhouse Management Technician, Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: To explore opportunities that combine the green industry with food. I’d also like to start my own business.

 

ERIC BRANCH

Sponsored by: Arteka Outdoor Services

School: Univerisity of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Major: Plant Science

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: My research experience, along with my background in vegetable production, has influenced my decision to pursue a graduate degree in plant pathology and research to help growers manage relevant disease issues.

 

GRETA BREE ROCKSTAD

Sponsored by: Bailey Nurseries, Inc.

School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Major: Plant Science

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: I plan to attend grad school for plant breeding, and ideally use biotechnology to improve consumer-desired traits in food crops and plants.

STUART BURNS

Sponsored by: Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens

School: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: My future plans after graduation are to make professional designs for residential landscapes. I would also very much enjoy owning my own vineyard.


 

ERIC COFFMAN

Sponsored by: Otten Bros. Garden Center & Landscaping

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Design & Construction

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: My career goals are to strengthen local communities and develop healthier cities through landscape design. I would like to help bring native habitats back into our growing urban landscapes and to improve stormwater management.

 

JESSICA CUMMINGS

Sponsored by: Bailey Nursery, Inc.

School: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: After graduation, I plan to move back to the La Crosse, WI area and work for a landscape company. I also want to start a Christmas tree farm soon after graduation to accompany my interest in evergreen production.

 
 

LOGAN ECKHOFF

Sponsored by: Prescription Landscape, Inc.

School: Univerisity of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Major: Plant Science

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: I hope to design, beginning from a genetic level, cultures that can be self-sustaining while still providing a large amount of food. I would breed plants that could provide food while still being visually pleasing.

 
 

ANA ESCOBAR-TORRESCAN

Sponsored by: Mickman Brothers, Inc.

School: Univerisity of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Major: Horticulture and Landscape Design

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: I hope to bring a sense of community designing residential or public spaces for anyone to enjoy. I also hope to be able to educate communities and teach them to love an care for our planet.

 

CONNOR EVERS

Sponsored by: Bailey Nurseries, Inc.

School: Iowa State University

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2021

Future Plans: I am particularly interested in utilizing interesting plants in the landscapes, residential and commercial.  I would like to develop a reputation as a unique landscape designer, and someday bring that reputation back home to Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery LLC.

 

JACE GALLEY

Sponsored by: Robin D. Linder Memorial Scholarship

School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Major: Food Systems

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: Become a proponent of sustainable, local agriculture. or sustainable development of agriculture in developing countries.

 

MATT GASSMAN

Sponsored by: Malmborg’s, Inc.

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: I love plants!  I inspire to owning and running a small business. I want to design and maintain gorgeous landscapes in a residential, institutional estate or public-municipal setting.


MARSHAL GLODOSKI

Sponsored by: Natural Creations, Inc.

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Design & Construction

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: My plans are to continue growing my landscape company in the Lake Minnetonka area as I continue to learn and grow in the green design industry.

 

JORDON GREZLOCK

Sponsored by: Robin D. Linder Memorial Scholarship

School: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: Excel my experience and work as a groundskeeper. My passion would be to work for a Major League Baseball team as the lead groundskeeper.

 

SIERRA HAU 

Sponsored by: Bachman's Wholesale Nursery

School: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2020

Future Plans: I’m interested in winter hardiness and landscaping.  I hope to pursue a landscape architect career or do research on grapes grown in the cold parts of the Midwest.

 

SARAH KICKERT

Sponsored by: Southview Design

School: University of North Dakota

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: Once I have graduated NDSU, I plan on starting my career at a company within the residential landscape design field. I plan on going back to school and getting my Masters in Landscape Architecture. From there I would like to open my open landscape design firm.

 

WILL NELSON

Sponsored by: Bartlett Tree Experts

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Horticulture and Urban Forestry

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: My desire is to work outside and work with a landscape company, the Conservation Corps, and Three Rivers Park District. I hope to grow and propagate trees and shrubs and hopefully return to school to acquire a bachelor's degree.

 

DANE SAXON

Sponsored by: Wilson's Nursery, Inc.

School: Rochester Community & Technical College

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: I plan to join the plant breeding and improvement sector of the industry.

 

TYLER SCHMIDT

Sponsored by: Tangletown Gardens LLC

School: Univerisity of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Major: Plant Science

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: I plan on continuing studying urban planning and pursue work in public gardens. I will continue to work with plants at Tangletown Gardens, where I help people choose the perfect plant. 

 

HEIDI SEE

Sponsored by: Wilson’s Nursery, Inc.

School: Anoka Technical College

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: I currently work for Prairie Restorations Inc. and I will continue to work there after I graduate. My passion has been native plants and the hope to improve the future of pollinators and ecological systems.

 

HEIDI SHOL

Sponsored by: Baker Lake Nursery, Inc.

School: University of Minnesota -Crookston

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: To be a horticultural researcher of horticulture and sustainable agriculture. Next summer, 2018, I plan to work with the Northwest Research and Outreach Center to do both horticultural research and extension. I will pursue a Master’s Degree in Plant Sciences.

 
SAMANTHA SNYDER
Sponsored by: Barrett Lawn Care, Inc.

School: Dakota County Technical College

Major: Landscape Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: My plans after graduation are to work for a variety of companies that would allow me to gain skills in installation, design, and consultation. One day I want to have my own company.

 

LINDSEY STENE

Sponsored by: SAS Tree Horticulture Specialists

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Landscape Design and Construction

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: I will continue to work with S & S Tree as a landscape designer working with homeowners and commercial businesses. Eventually, I would like to focus on non-profit or public-sector work.

 

 

MOLLY WOODARD

Sponsored by: Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery, Inc.

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: I’m especially interested in gardening, growing, and working to conserve and restore our native ecosystems.

 
 HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS  
 

BROOK BRIXIUS

Sponsored by: Hoffman & McNamara Nursery and Landscape

School: Pierz High School

Major: Horticulture & Psychology

Expected Graduation: 2023

Future Plans: I will attend Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. I plan on incorporating horticulture into a therapy program while working as a psychologist.  I want to help people and the benefits of plants, gardens, and the outdoors.

 

BRITTANY HIRSCH

Sponsored by: Landscape Renovations, Inc.

School: Buffalo High School

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2023

Future Plans: I hope to own my own farm and find a position that focuses on the science of soil management.

 

ELIZABETH KNUTSON

Sponsored by: Landscape Renovations, Inc.

School: Dassel-Cokato High School

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2023

Future Plans: I plan on majoring in Horticulture and going on to possibly be a plant breeder. Mostly, I love working in greenhouses with all sorts of plants.

 

WYATT ADAM SCHUMACHER

Sponsored by: Hoffman & McNamara Nursery and Landscape

School: Heron Lake - Okabena

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2023

Future Plans: After graduating high school, I will attend North Dakota State University and major in Horticulture and minor in business. I plan to return and help grow our family nursery operation.

 

 

ZARA WIRKUS

Sponsored by: Gertens

School: Buffalo High School

Major: Landscape Design

Expected Graduation: 2023

Future Plans: After I graduate, I will attend Hennepin Technical College to receive a degree in landscape design. I am planning to intern for a landscape business and run my own business.

 

 

 

 



These scholarships are made possible through cooperation between the MNLA Foundation and MNLA-member-company sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a scholarship sponsor, or in finding out more about the MNLA Foundation, please contact MNLA by email mnla@MNLA.biz or by calling 651-633-4987.
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