A second-year landscape/nursery technology student at Pennsylvania College of Technology was one of seven students to receive scholarships at the 2008 Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Conference held Feb. 13 in State College.
Melissa D. Berrier, of Mifflin scheduled to graduate in May was awarded a PLNA Foundation Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year students; president of the Horticulture Club; captain of the Wildcat softball team; a member of the Future Farmers of America; and a Student Ambassador for the college.
The PLNA Foundation annually recognizes the achievements of students enrolled in each of Pennsylvania’s seven colleges and universities offering horticulture nursery production, landscape contracting or other strongly related programs. Penn College’s program is ornamental horticulture, with separate emphases in landscape technology, plant production and horticulture retail management.
Students are selected based on faculty nomination, academic achievement, enthusiasm, commitment to the green industry and other qualities. Each scholastic award winner receives a certificate and cash award of $1,500 for the 2008-09 academic year to be applied to tuition, books or educational supplies.
The foundation, a wholly owned subsidiary of PLNA, supports scientific research through grants, encourages horticultural careers through scholarships, supports educational institutions through financial assistance and encourages activities that educate the public about the value of the green industry.
The mission of the association is to serve its members in the industry through education, promotion and representation.