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Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Heather Finney
PLANET AEF AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 52 STUDENTS AT STUDENT CAREER DAYS AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY
HERNDON, Va., March 22, 2013 — The PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) presented scholarships and awards to students at the 37th annual PLANET Student Career Days—The National Collegiate Landscape Competition—held March 7–10, 2013, at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. Since its inception in 1998, the PLANET AEF has given more than $730,000 in scholarships and awards to 720 students. In 2013 alone, the PLANET AEF has given a total of $75,700 in awards and scholarships.
Fifty-two scholarships were presented at a special reception, sponsored by STIHL Inc., which kicked off the event on March 7. A list of the recipients of the PLANET AEF scholarships can be found on the PLANET AEF website.
“On behalf of the entire PLANET AEF Board of Directors, we congratulate the 2013 class of scholarship recipients,” said Jim McCutcheon, Landscape Industry Certified, PLANET AEF president. “I’m thrilled to see the passion that lies with each and every one of these students. It gives me great confidence knowing that our industry will become stronger with these future leaders.”
This year’s PLANET AEF President’s Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was awarded to Samantha August from Columbus State Community College. The President’s Scholarship is awarded by the PLANET AEF judging panel, which looks for a student who demonstrates all the criteria set forth by the PLANET AEF Board of Directors and who has high scholastic achievements, industry-related activities, and community service.
The PLANET AEF also awarded the three top scoring Student Career Days students, known as Superstars, a total of $3,000 at the Closing Ceremonies held on March 10:
|1st Place – $1,500
2nd Place –$1,000
3rd Place – $500
|Chase Ricks, Brigham Young University – Provo
Alex Nisbet, Alamance Community College
Jeff Elshoff, Michigan State University
Dr. Joseph Eakes, a professor at Auburn University, was also awarded $1,000 as the 2013 PLANET AEF Outstanding Educator of the Year.
In spring 2011, the PLANET AEF board launched its 5-by-5 initiative to help raise the fund balance from $2 million to $5 million over the course of five years. Today, the fund has grown to $3.1 million.
About PLANET AEF
Committed to the advancement of professionals in the green industry, PLANET AEF was created to help green industry students, the potential future leaders of the industry, fund their education. These leaders of tomorrow will define the standards of professionalism and use their education to meet the challenges of the future.
PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at www.landcarenetwork.org.