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Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
Academic Awards Program

“Growing Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders”
Click to find out more about the 2016-2017 MNLA Foundation Scholarship Program.

 

Congratulations to the 2016-17 MNLA Foundation Scholarship Winners!

The MNLA Foundation partnered with 16 member companies to present 23 academic scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. Here is a look at this year’s recipients.

 

MILES ANDERSON

Sponsored by: Baker Lake Nursery

School: University of Minnesota - St.Paul

Major: Plant Science

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: I want to enter a field of study



with universal worth. The value added to the world through human's interactions with plants is of great importance to everyone on Earth. It gives one a great sense of accomplishment to participate in this interaction.

 

GABRIELLA BLAIR

Sponsored by: Robin D.Linder Memorial Scholarship

School: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: I plan to create and run my own successful Christmas tree farm and Landscape Design company. I plan to celebrate my favorite time of the year with families and incorporate Christmas tree inventory and offer landscape design. 

 

ERIC BRANCH

Sponsored by: Wilson Nurseries

School: University of Minnesota - St.Paul

Major: Plant Science

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans:  I plan on going on to graduate school, hopefully focusing on Midwest vegetable production. Plant pathology and plant breeding are two areas with a lot of opportunities.  I would be happy to solve problems and overcome some of the challenges that are unique to vegetable producers in northern climates, particularly Minnesota.

 

JOSH CARPENTER

Sponsored by: Barrett Lawn Care, Inc.

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Design and Construction

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: I wish to become a Landscape Designer and Project Manager at the company with which I am currently employed, and work to increase the number of renewable garden designs.

 

 

mACkENZIE COCHRAN

Sponsored by: Wallace Gardens

School: University of Minnesota-Crookston

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: I am interested in the ability to have a hands-on career, specifically with agriculture crops and plants. seedlings in the greenhouse or bedding plants in a landscape setting. My goal is to merge horticultural in my own Garden Center business.

 

 

ELIZABETH CONKLIN

Sponsored by: Minnesota Society of Arboriculture, Rochester Arborist Workshop

School: Rochester Community and Technical College

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: I want to incorporate my love of gardening and science with my passion for learning, to inspire, excite, and educate others in the field of horticulture. I want to spearhead a program that enables more people to enjoy gardening who aren't otherwise able to,  Urban and vertical gardening, container planting, and sustainability. .

 

JESSICA CUMMINGS

Sponsored by: Bachmans

School: University of Wisconsin- River Falls

Major: Horticulture in Landscape Design and Management & an Emphasis in Business

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: I plan to work for a landscape design company in the Wisconsin River Falls area.


 

 

 

DANIELLE FEHRING

Sponsored by: Malmborgs

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Greenhouse Technician

Expected Graduation: 2016

Future Plans: I plan to work in food production and permaculture, and to be a part of the food justice movement, both occupationally and through volunteerism. My interest is to create more opportunities for localized and sustainable food production.



 

THEO FEINSTEIN

Sponsored by: HomeSown Gardens, LLC

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Design & Construction

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: My future plans are to combine my knowledge of horticulture and landscape design to create residential and commercial landscapes incorporating permaculture and sustainable practices.



BETSY FISCHER

Sponsored by: Otten Brothers Garden Center & Landscaping

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Design & Construction

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: I'm very eager to pursue a job as a landscape designer with a Twin Cities company. I hope to build strong client relationships and have a positive, lasting impact on residential spaces and the environment through my work.

 

 

 

SALLY GRANATH

Sponsored by: Hoffman & McNamara Nursery and Landscape

School: Dakota County Technical College

Major: Horticulture/Landscape Design

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: I plan to work in the area of greenhouse growing, crop production, designing for water capture and filtration, and hydroponics.

 



CONNOR HAGEMEYER

Sponsored by: Gertens

School: North Dakota State University

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: I plan on pursuing a master's focusing on plant breeding. My focus primarily is ornamental plants for landscaping.   I really enjoy answering questions and helping friends and family with their landscaping challenges.


seth heder

Sponsored by: Bailey Nurseries

School: UofM St. Paul

Major: Plant Science

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: My plans are to become a fruit breeder or to be a part of a fruit breeding program for engineering of better cultivars. 

 

 

 

ELIZABETH "LIBBY" HEILSKOV

 

Sponsored by: Bailey Nurseries, Inc.

Sponsored by: Minnesota Society of Arboriculture, Rochester Arborist Workshop

School: Rochester Community and Technical College

Major: Horticulture Technology

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: After graduation, I plan to work managing/installing a landscape/garden area. I also hope to someday start my own greenhouse vegetable production business and have the first all vegetarian restaurant in my town.

 

BROOKE JERIE

 

Sponsored by: Bailey Nurseries

School: Iowa State University

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2018

Future Plans: Upon graduating with my degree in Horticulture I plan to work in the nursery industry. Through this, I not only hope to produce and sell excellent plant material, but also to educate the public on just how important the field of horticulture is in our day to day lives.

 

 

 

 

sarah kickert

Sponsored by: Robin D. Linder Memorial Scholarship

School: North Dakota State University

Major: Horticulture- Landscape Architecture

Expected Graduation: 2019

Future Plans: I am interested in so many areas of horticulture, but ideally I'd like to find employment in one of these areas: greenhouse growing, nursery crop production, designing for water capture and filtration, or hydroponics.

 

 

 

 

 

MASON LANDRY

 

Sponsored by: Natural Creations

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Design and Construction

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: I plan to complete my two-year degree in Landscape Design and Construction at Hennepin Tech, then transfer to a four-year college to obtain my bachelor's degree.

 

 

KYLE LEMKE

 

Sponsored by: Southview Design

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape Design and Construction; Landscape Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: I plan on continuing to work with a landscape design and build firm. Currently, I am working on a landscape crew.  Being able to see an original design come to life will be one of the most satisfying accomplishments life can offer.

 

 

ANDY SHERWOOD

 

Sponsored by: Bailey Nurseries, Inc.
School: University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Major: Horticulture
Expected Graduation: May 2017

Future Plans: I will be working at Plant Introductions, Inc. in Georgia for the summer. I plan on earning a Masters degree in Plant Breeding over the next few years, then going on to develop new cultivars of woody ornamental plants. I hope to make a positive impact on the industry by focusing on important traits such as pest and disease resistance as well as cold hardiness.

 

ROSALIE WILSON

 

Sponsored by: Tangletown Gardens

School: University of Minnesota - St.Paul

Major: Food Systems

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: I hope to work for a nonprofit organization, government agency, or company that promotes access to nutritious, sustainable-grown food reduces food waste. After gaining work experience, I plan to obtain a Master's degree in Public Health.

 

 

THOMAS WRIGHT

 

Sponsored by: Wilson Nurseries

School: Hennepin Technical College

Major: Landscape/Horticulture

Expected Graduation: 2017

Future Plans: My area of interest is the production of landscape design, garden installation, and maintenance.  I currently work for myself and plan to build a strong business.  It is important to me to create spaces that improve the environment. 

 

AMBER LIEN

 

Sponsored by: Robin D. Linder Memorial Scholarship

School: Century College

Major: Greenhouse Technology

Expected Graduation: 2016

Future Plans: I would like to continue my education in areas such as beekeeping and chicken keeping with hopes of becoming a mentor to members of my community. I also plan to continue my career working in the retail industry.

 

 

MARY RIESTENBERG

 

Sponsored by: Hoffman & McNamara

School: University of Minnesota-Crookston

Major: Horticulture

Expected Graduation:

2017 Future Plans: I plan on gaining as much experience by studying abroad in landscape design  I also plan on becoming a certified Arborist. 

 

 



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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