May 15, 2018
With the plethora of chapter meetings, events and training activities that go on throughout the year, it is clear the nine regional chapters of Landscape Ontario are extremely committed to education. In addition to hosting these education based events, LO chapters are also committed to furthering the development of emerging professionals in the landscape and horticulture profession. Some chapters offer scholarships, grants and bursaries to support these future members of the green profession while in pursuit of their horticultural education.

The Ottawa Chapter has a $500 scholarship available to a graduate of any horticultural program in Ontario who is currently working for a member of Landscape Ontario’s Ottawa Chapter. Applications are due by June 30.

The Upper Canada Chapter has three available scholarships of $500 for students who have furthered the development of a horticulture education and awareness within the Upper Canada Chapter. The three scholarships have been named for the East, Central and West regions within the Upper Canada Chapter; the Dan Clost Scholarship, the Lisa Purves-Smith Scholarship and the Esmonde-White Scholarship. Eligible students must be enrolled in a college or university within the boundaries of the chapter. The application deadline is March 31 each year.

Special considerations may be given if a candidate’s school is within the geographical region, but resides outside the boundary. The Upper Canada Chapter would like to congratulate Rachel Craig, recipient of the 2018 Dan Clost Scholarship.
The Waterloo Chapter has a scholarship of $750 for up to 10 first-year apprentices who are in the process of completing the practical, hands-on component of their training with a member within the chapter.

The 2018 Waterloo Chapter apprenticeship scholarship recipients are:
  • Roman Cordova, John’s Nursery, attending Fanshawe College.
  • Jason McDaid, John’s Nursery, attending Fanshawe College.
  • Aaron Duncan, Snider’s TLC, attending Fanshawe College.
  • Kerry Kollar, Royal City Nursery, attending Humber College.
  • Dana Van Oosterwijk, Dreamestate Landscaping, attending Fanshawe College.
  • Rachel Den Engleman, Crewsons Corners Landscaping, attending Humber College.
A second scholarship, the Waterloo Chapter Green Industry Scholarship, is a $1,000 bursary available to a student enrolled in a ‘green profession’ program as it relates to one of LO’s 11 sector groups. The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university, and be a member of the Waterloo Chapter, including family, employee of a member company or family of an employee. Applications are due by June 30 and are reviewed by the Waterloo Chapter Board of Directors.

In addition to these specific chapter scholarships, the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation (OHTF) and Cullen Family Scholarship Program offer over $40,000 in annual scholarships to post secondary, post-graduate apprenticeship students pursuing a careers in the green profession.

In the last 10 years alone, the Foundation has awarded over $330,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a career in the green profession.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is June 30, 2018. Learn more about the many opportunities available that support education at