FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Jennifer Gray
Phone: (614) 899-1195, Ext. 112
THE OHIO NURSERY & LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION GIVES $225,000 TO THE PLANET AEF SCHOLARSHIP FUND
HERNDON, Va., October 26, 2012 —PLANET announces a gift of $225,000 in scholarship funds made by the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA) and presented to PLANET AEF at the Green Industry Conference awards ceremony on Oct. 26, 2012.
PLANET AEF is a nonprofit organization that provides academic scholarships to students aspiring to be horticulture professionals. Since its founding, PLANET AEF has awarded scholarships to 650 students totaling more than $650,000.
ONLA became PLANET AEF's first state association scholarship ambassador in 2010 with a commitment of $50,000 followed by another contribution of $25,000 in 2011. With the new gift of $225,000, ONLA has given a total of $300,000 to fund PLANET AEF scholarships.
In addition to funding scholarships through PLANET AEF, ONLA has awarded over $500,000 to more than 400 students in the past 20 years.
"ONLA has identified education, at all levels, as one of the organization's core values, and we believe that it is critical to personal, professional, and industry success," said Jennifer Gray, associate director and student activities liaison at ONLA. "Partnering with AEF to endow ONLA scholarships for future generations of students serves as another example of how ONLA works to lead and promote the green industry."
In addition to the new gift, ONLA has approved another $200,000 to be given to PLANET AEF in funds to match the first eight donations at the Ambassador level ($25,000) given to PLANET AEF by members of ONLA. Members have up to three years to make a $25,000 pledge, and another five years to fulfill the commitment.
"On behalf of PLANET AEF, I want to thank ONLA for being such an incredible partner in the support of the next generation of our industry's leaders," said Jim McCutcheon, Landscape Industry Certified, PLANET AEF president. "Their generous gift will have a huge impact on the lives of many students, as well as on the industry as a whole."
For more information about the PLANET AEF scholarship fund, call 800-395-2522 or visit www.landcarenetwork.org.
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.
The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA) is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in the State of Ohio that facilitates the success and growth of green industry businesses. Membership is comprised of nursery stock growers, landscape contractors and maintenance firms, garden centers, arborists and allied suppliers. With over 1200 members, ONLA seeks to enhance the environment and quality of life for all.