Four students in the Landscape Horticultural program at Dakota County Technical College recently received scholarships sponsored by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Foundation. The scholarship recipients are Camille Benson, Karina Greenwood, Jesse Grothe and Charlie Gardner.
The MNLA scholarship program recognizes superior students enrolled in horticultural or landscape studies programs at several area colleges and universities. The scholarships are designed by MNLA and its member companies to help grow future leaders in the nursery and landscape industry.
Four MNLA member firms sponsored the scholarships for the Dakota County Technical College students:
- MNLA Landscape Professional Advancement Committee, based in Roseville, sponsored the scholarship for Benson.
- Gertens, based in Inver Grove Heights, sponsored the scholarship for Greenwood.
- Hoffman & McNamara Nursery and Landscape, based in Hastings, sponsored the scholarship for Grothe.
- Bachman’s, Inc., based in Farmington, sponsored the scholarship for Gardner.
To be eligible for an MNLA scholarship, applicants must possess a “C” grade average or better, present letters of recommendation from instructors and employers, and submit an essay stating their career goals and objectives.
The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is the state’s largest green industry trade association with over 1,200 member companies. Members include nurseries, garden centers, landscape contractors, landscape designers, irrigation contractors, commercial flower growers, tree care specialists, professional gardening services, and turf and landscape management professionals.