MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence

Foundation for Educational Excellence

A Scholarship Program

The MNLA Foundation is dedicated to supporting the future leaders in the landscape and nursery industry. The MNLA Foundation For Educational Excellence, Inc. has been formed to provide scholarships to individuals attending colleges, universities, and other technical schools in the area of agriculture, landscaping, and nursery and forestry science and technology. What is the best investment that you could make? How about one that not only promises a return on your dollar but also promises to make a difference, to help you and others, and to benefit your industry as well?

Students at the MNLA Career Fair Students at the MNLA Career Fair


Green industry students

MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence Scholarship

The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. proudly announce the MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence Scholarship Program $1,000 scholarship for high school and college students. Click here to submit the scholarship application online or download a pdf to mail in.


  1. Applicant must major in a course of study in Horticulture and/or Landscape.
  2. Applicant must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a minimum of one year prior to submitting an application.
  3. Completed applications must be submitted by March 31.


  1. Payment of $500.00 upon the award decision and $500.00 following receipt of transcripts from the first semester.
  2. Payment will be in the name of the successful applicant. Responsibility of having transcripts forwarded to the MNLA Foundation Scholarship Committee is that of the applicant.


  1. If applicant does not complete the agreement terms form following notification of award.
  2. If applicant does not complete required semester.
  3. If applicant discontinues a course of study in the field of horticulture and/or landscape as determined by the MNLA Foundation Scholarship Committee.
  4. If applicant does not maintain a 2.0 grade average.

Rights of the MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence

  • The MNLA Foundation reserves all rights to make final interpretations to all questions concerning applications, goals, colleges, courses of study and any problems pertaining to this scholarship.
  • Scholarships awarded will be dependent upon available funds.
  • The MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence will only accept the official application form.

Click here to submit the scholarship application online or download a pdf to mail in.

The 2018 GWA Foundation Scholarship Program

Are you or someone you know a college or technical school student interested in pursuing a career in garden writing, photography or blogging?

The GWA Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable partner of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, continues our commitment to provide financial assistance to deserving students who wish to pursue or further a career in horticultural communications. This year's scholarship awards will range from $500 or $1,000 per student and includes a complimentary full year membership to GWA. Students must be enrolled in either of two categories:

Community Colleges & Technical Schools

The GWA Foundation Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship is made in recognition of Kathleen Fisher who was the editor of The American Gardener, the journal of the American Horticultural Society. It is given annually in the amount of $500 to any full-time or part-time post secondary student, including technical schools and community colleges, majoring in horticulture, plant science or journalism, with an interest in garden communications.

Colleges & Universities

GWA Foundation general scholarship grants are provided for college-level juniors or seniors enrolled as a full-time student majoring in horticulture, plant science or journalism, with an interest in garden communications, including garden photography. General scholarships are given annually and vary in number (2-9) and amount ($500-$1,000) depending on the earnings of the scholarship endowment. It is beneficial for horticulture or plant science majors to have taken courses in journalism and vice-versa, although exceptions will be made.

In recent years, over $100,000 has been awarded to outstanding students. Grants range from $500 to $1,000 per student at the discretion of the GWA Foundation Board of Directors. Scholarships will be awarded directly to the institutions on behalf of students.

Deadline Friday, December 15, 2017 • Apply today!


2017 exhibitor directory

Unable to attend the 2017 MNLA Career Fair?

Download the exhibitor directory from the event to learn more career opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.

Visit for expert career advice!

Nursery, landscape and garden industries offer many career opportunities for smart, passionate and enthusiastic people like you. And luckily for you, this field is ripe for the picking. Look beyond the myths surrounding these careers to learn the truth about professions that offer variety, flexibility, competitive pay, opportunities to grow, and overall job satisfaction.

2017 Officers


Phil Boucher, MCH, Elysian Garden Design


Jeff Willman, MCH, Bigelow Nurseries


Christoper Johnston, MCH, Ahronian Landscape & Design

Edward Bemis, MCH, Bemis Farms Nursery

Michelle Harvey, MCH, Lakeview Nursery

Past President Advisers

Mark Ahronian, MCH, Ahronian Landscape & Design

Jim Stucchi, MCH, Ahronian Landscape & Design


For additional information regarding scholarship eligibility and more, scroll up to the scholarship details area.

Other questions? Email the MNLA Foundation directly for more information.

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