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2018-19 Scholarship Recipients
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2018-19 PLNA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Foundation awarded six $5000 scholarships this school year; 3 to Penn College of Technology students, 2 to Penn State University students and one to a Delaware Valley University student. The students were required to write a professional resume and essay regarding their career aspirations. Each applicant impressed the PLNA Foundation Trustees with their passion for the industry.

New this year, the Foundation Trustees elected to present the scholarships during a surprise visit to campus.  Trustees Dan Eichenlaub and Ted Ventre visited Penn College and Bill H. Wells and Ed Copenhaver visited Delaware University.  Scheduling conflicts prohibited the Trustees from a surprise presentation at Penn State, so a visit is being planned for a Hort Club meeting early in 2019.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 PLNA Foundation Scholarship Recipients!

Craig Hart – Delaware Valley University
Craig is pursuing his degree in Horticulture at Delaware Valley after achieving an AS in Horticulture and Landscape Technology from County College of Morris in New Jersey. Craig spent his summers working for the Morris County Parks Commission in New Jersey. Craig plans to graduate in May 2020.

Rachel Hill – Pennsylvania College of Technology

Rachel is pursuing her degree in Landscape/Horticulture Technology – Plant Production Emphasis at Penn College and plans to graduate in December 2018. Prior to attending Penn College, she completed 3 years at Penn State University in the Landscape Architecture program.  In addition to her schoolwork, Rachel held two different internships at Penn State; in 2014 at the Arboretum at Penn State in Public Garden Management and in 2016 in Greenhouse and Nursery Production with the Office of Physical Plant which turned into a paid position for another year. Rachel is very happy to announce that she has landed a job with PLNA member Wheatfield Nursery upon graduation.

Nicholas Shelton - The Pennsylvania State University
Nick is pursuing his degree in Design/Build in the Landscape Contracting major at Penn State along with an Horticulture minor.  Nick is an active member of the Penn State Horticulture Club serving as an Agricultural Student Council representative and volunteered to assist in the design and construction in three consecutive horticulture shows. Nick spent his summers interning for Tree Pittsburgh as part of the Summer Tree Care Crew and recently for PLNA Member Eichenlaub, Inc. on the Summer Planting Crew. Nick plans to graduate in December 2018.

Aaron Sledge, Jr. – The Pennsylvania State University
Aaron is continuing his education at Penn State after achieving an AAS degree in Landscape/Horticulture Technology with a Plant Production emphasis from Penn College of Technology.  Aaron’s accomplishments have earned him recognition as a HortScholar through AmericanHort in 2018 and he competed in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition and placed 9th in Interior Plant ID and 12th in Flower and Foliage ID.  Aaron is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree is Plant Science with a Horticulture emphasis. Aaron expects to graduate in May 2020.

Kendra Snyder – Pennsylvania College of Technology

Kendra is pursuing her degree in Landscape/Horticulture Technology with Landscape Emphasis at Penn College.  Kendra has spent many years hands-on in her family’s nursery business and hopes to eventually own the business in the future.  In addition to working in the family nursery, Kendra also worked for a local landscape contractor/retail garden center company expanding her knowledge and skills.  Kendra plans to graduate in May 2019.

Kendall Wanner – Pennsylvania College of Technology

Kendall is pursuing his degree in Landscape/Horticulture Technology with Landscape Emphasis at Penn College. In addition to being very active in many extracurricular activities and attaining Dean’s List, Kendall also worked full-time jobs in landscape installation during the summers before and during college.  Kendall plans to graduate in May 2019.
















Credit Pennsylvania College of Technology. PLNA Foundation Board members Ted Ventre (left) and Dan Eichenlaub (far right) with scholarship recipients (left to right) Kendall Wanner, Kendra Snyder and Rachel Hill.















Credit: Delaware Valley University. PLNA Foundation Board members Ed Copenhaver ’75 (left) and William H. Wells (far right) present Craig Hart ’20 (center), a Delaware Valley University horticulture major, with a scholarship.

















Credit: Gregg Robertson.  PLNA Foundation Board Chairman Dan Eichenlaub present Aaron Sledge Jr, a PSU horticulture major, with his scholarship.

The Foundation Trustees look forward to growing and continuing the scholarship program in the future.  If you know of any students who may be eligible – family, friend or intern, please inform them about the program. The 2019-2020 scholarship application will be available on in April 2019.

To learn more about the PLNA Foundation and/or Invest in the Future of Horticulture through a donation click here.

The PLNA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization.


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