MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence

A Scholarship Program

students at a past MNLA job fair

The MNLA Foundation is dedicated to supporting the future leaders in the landscape and nursery industry. The MNLA Foundation For Educational Excellence, Inc. has been formed to provide scholarships to individuals attending colleges, universities, and other technical schools in the area of agriculture, landscaping, and nursery and forestry science and technology. What is the best investment that you could make? How about one that not only promises a return on your dollar but also promises to make a difference, to help you and others, and to benefit your industry as well?

MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence Scholarship

The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. proudly announce the MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence Scholarship Program $1,000 scholarship for high school and college students. Click here to submit the scholarship application online or download a pdf to mail in.


  1. Applicant must major in a course of study in Horticulture and/or Landscape.
  2. Applicant must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a minimum of one year prior to submitting an application.
  3. Completed applications must be submitted by March 31.


  1. Payment of $500.00 upon the award decision and $500.00 following receipt of transcripts from the first semester.
  2. Payment will be in the name of the successful applicant. Responsibility of having transcripts forwarded to the MNLA Foundation Scholarship Committee is that of the applicant.


  1. If applicant does not complete the agreement terms form following notification of award.
  2. If applicant does not complete required semester.
  3. If applicant discontinues a course of study in the field of horticulture and/or landscape as determined by the MNLA Foundation Scholarship Committee.
  4. If applicant does not maintain a 2.0 grade average.

Rights of the MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence

  • The MNLA Foundation reserves all rights to make final interpretations to all questions concerning applications, goals, colleges, courses of study and any problems pertaining to this scholarship.
  • Scholarships awarded will be dependent upon available funds.
  • The MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence will only accept the official application form.

Click here the button below to submit the scholarship application online or download a pdf to mail in.

Horticultural Research Institute Scholarships

The online application form is now available for students to fill out and submit. The deadline to apply for a 2023 scholarship is June 1, 2023.

Each organization will continue to operate their programs independently in the review and granting stages. HRI will award up to 11 scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to applicants who meet various scholarship criteria which includes a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in horticulture. Sidney B. Meadows Scholarships will award numerous scholarships of up to $2,000 each. In total, nearly $50,000 in scholarships is available.

Current scholarships offered through HRI

  • Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship
  • Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship
  • Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship
  • Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship
  • Gunter Mecking Memorial Scholarship
  • Mugget Scholarship
  • Spring Meadow - Proven Winners Scholarship
  • Susie & Bruce Usrey Education Scholarship
  • Usrey Family Scholarship
  • Wright Family of Alabama Scholarship

Click here for eligibility requirements for the scholarships listed above.

HRI and the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund are proud to support students in their pursuit of higher education and look forward to seeing the impact these scholarships will have on their educational journey. Click here for more information about all the scholarships available and to get started on an application. To learn more about the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, visit; for more about HRI, visit

Unable to attend the Youth Initiative at the 2023 MNLA Winter Forum?

Check back soon for a link to the all new MNLA Virtual Forum Job Board for various opportunities in the green industry throughout Massachusetts!

Visit for expert career advice!

Nursery, landscape and garden industries offer many career opportunities for smart, passionate and enthusiastic people like you. And luckily for you, this field is ripe for the picking. Look beyond the myths surrounding these careers to learn the truth about professions that offer variety, flexibility, competitive pay, opportunities to grow, and overall job satisfaction.


Phil Boucher, MCH, Elysian Garden Design


Jeff Willman, MCH, Bigelow Nurseries


Christoper Johnston, MCH, Ahronian Landscape & Design

Edward Bemis, MCH, Bemis Farms Nursery

Michelle Harvey, MCH, Lakeview Nursery

Past President Advisers

Mark Ahronian, MCH, Ahronian Landscape & Design

Jim Stucchi, MCH, Stucchi Landscape & Design, LLC

instructor and student reviewing shrub health


For additional information regarding scholarship eligibility and more, click on Scholarships above.

Other questions? Email the MNLA Foundation directly for more information.

Partner programs

Plant Something MA

consumers planting something

Plant Something MA is a project of MNLA which includes professional environmental horticulturists—people who grow, care for, design and install plantings and landscapes in your community.

Growing Wild

Growing WIld: native plants in massachusetts

Growing Wild helps reverse the loss of biological diversity, foster and protect endangered species and add to the natural beauty of our Commonwealth—right in your own backyard.

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There are many reasons to join MNLA.

MNLA provides access to green industry speakers on the cutting-edge and up-to-date information. Our dynamic community is made up of folks from all walks of life. Colleagues share advice and insights. Passion for the betterment of our community drives member participation in MNLA. Individual contribution is valued. Get involved! Join a committee or volunteer at an event. Make our industry—and your business—better!

annual meeting of the Massachusetts nursery and landscape association