Landscape Student Awarded $1,000 Scholarship From Industry Group

A student in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Natural Resources Management was awarded a $1,000 scholarship during the recent Professional Landscape Network’s Student Career Days at Auburn University.

Jeremy L. Thorne, a landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major from Sugarloaf, won the Landscape Partners and David Minor Scholarship, presented by The Professional Landcare Network Academic Excellence Foundation during PLANET’s 37th annual Student Career Days.

Jeremy L. Thorne (right), of Sugarloaf, a landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, is awarded a scholarship by Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. and a Professional Landcare Network Academic Excellence Foundation board member.

Thorne was among a dozen Penn College landscape/horticulture technology students who competed during the March 7-10 event, accompanied by horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. and Ronald Burger, a 1978 nursery management graduate of Williamsport Area Community College, a Penn College predecessor.

“Jeremy has done so much for PLANET and the program at Penn College over the years that he is truly deserving of this scholarship,” Bower said. Thorne has twice been a student ambassador at PLANET’s annual Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Ky., is a Presidential Student Ambassador in the Penn College Admissions Office and was a “Student of the Month” during the Spring 2012 semester.

PLANET AEF, funded by member companies, was instituted to provide academic assistance to promising students hoping to pursue an education – and a future – in the green industry. The organization presented more than 50 scholarships totaling nearly $60,000 at the event.

For more information about the School of Natural Resources Management, call 570-320-8038.

For more about Penn College, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Photo by alumnus Ronald Burger

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