One of the most important mandates of the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation is to nurture and advance the horticultural industry through the funding of industry-related scholarships. Each year the Foundation makes available a number of scholarships in the following categories. These awards are determined by available funding and the applications received. Note: all applicants must reside in Ontario.
NEW! The Canadian Tree Fund is offering a bursary to students pursuing a career in Arboriculture! Click here for our 2016 application
The objectives of this bursary are to provide financial assistance to a student(s) pursuing a career in arboriculture and to promote a greater awareness of arboriculture. Any individual pursuing a career in arboriculture/forestry/horticulture is an eligible recipient. The individual must be enrolled or enrolling in a college or university program related to the fields mentioned previously. Bursary recipient(s) will be given a cheque in the amount of up to $500 per year with the amount decided upon annually depending upon availability of funds. It will be presented (when a worthy recipient exists as deemed by the award committee) at the February International Society of Arboriculture Ontario Chapter Conference.
OHTF scholarship deadline, June 30 for the upcoming academic year.
Each year, the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to individuals pursuing a career in the green profession. Applications must be received by June 30. Apply today.
OHTF Scholarships for High School Graduates:
College or University Scholarship, $1,000
Five $1,000 scholarships for first-year students entering a full-time horticultural program at an accredited college or university.
Criteria: Candidates must complete the application form and provide a two-page essay on why you want to enter the horticultural industry. Include your interests and experience in the horticulture industry in your essay, and enclose your updated high school transcript.
Casey van Maris Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Available to secondary students entering the first year of a post-secondary ornamental horticulture program of an accredited educational institution. Candidates will be chosen based on transcripts and a two-page essay on why they want to enter the horticultural industry. Transcripts must accompany application.
Apprenticeship Scholarship, $600
Five $600 scholarships for students in a horticulture apprenticeship program at an accredited college or university.
Criteria: Candidates must complete the application form, provide a two-page essay on why you want to enter into the horticultural industry, include your interests and experience in the industry.
Note: Confirmation letter of acceptance on school letterhead must be provided prior to scholarship being sent to recipient
OHTF Post-secondary Scholarships:
Post-secondary Scholarships, $1,000
Available to students entering the final year of a horticultural degree or diploma program, or any other program of benefit to the horticultural industry, at university, college or polytechnic institute. The award is based on overall academic excellence. Transcripts must accompany application.
Horticulturist Scholarship, $500
Available to a student entering the final year of any horticultural program in Ontario who achieves excellence in plant material courses. Transcripts must accompany application.
Tony DiGiovanni Scholarship, $1,000
Available to students enrolled in any post-secondary landscape or horticultural program. This scholarship is awarded to the candidate that best exemplifies the qualities that build trust in the profession of horticulture.
Criteria: Candidates must be nominated by their teachers, with a letter citing specifics that reflect the candidate’s character and behaviour. Transcripts must accompany application. Supporting reference letters from fellow students and/or employers are helpful.
Note: Only one application per university or college is accepted for this scholarship.
Horst Dickert Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Available to a student enrolled in a post-secondary horticulture or landscape-related program, or any other program with areas of study of benefit to the horticulture industry, at an Ontario college or university. The candidate must have an interest in native plants and their use in the landscape, demonstrated by a letter from an instructor and/or an employer.
Waterloo Chapter Green Industry Scholarship – $1000
Available to a student enrolled into a “green industry” program as it relates to one or several of the Association’s industry sector groups.
Criteria: The applicant must be a member of the Waterloo Chapter including family (children or grandchildren), employee of a member company or family of employee and attending an accredited college or university. Send application to Landscape Ontario. Review and selection of recipient will be by Waterloo Chapter Board of Directors.
Russel and Karen Loney Scholarship – $500
Available to a students entering their final year of the Horticultural Program at Humber College, with an interest in pursuing property maintenance. Available to one student per year, nominated by their teachers, with a letter of recommendation and transcripts to accompany the application.
Bob and Ruby Allen Scholarship – $500
Criteria: The scholarship is for at mature student in first or second year apprenticeship program at Fanshawe College. The recipient will be chosen by the course coordinator.
Post-graduate Scholarships, $1,000
Available to a student entering a PhD or Masters program in Horticulture or Landscape Architecture at an accredited Ontario university. The award is based on overall average.
John and Ruth Wright Scholarship, $2,000
Post-graduate Studies in Turf Management
Criteria: MSc or PhD students conducting research under a University of Guelph faculty member, that is relevant to the turfgrass industry in Ontario. Preference will be giving to students working on projects that benefit the home lawn industry or aid the development and improvement of Class 11 pesticides. Applicant to submit application including a letter (no more than two pages) outlining the research project and the proposed benefit to the turfgrass industry. A letter of reference from an advisor and school transcript are also required. The recipient will be selected based on quality and relevance of the graduate research.
Unilock Collaborative Communications Scholarship – $1000
As part of Unilock’s commitment to helping create extraordinary outdoor spaces that people can enjoy for generations to come, this scholarship recognizes students who appreciate the collaborative team effort that brings these projects to fruition.
Criteria: Available to a student enrolled into an approved post-secondary school program pertaining to design and its relationship to the built environment. The applicant must submit a short essay (maximum 400 words) outlining the importance of good communication in facilitating collaboration between the client, designer, suppliers and contractor in the creation of extraordinary outdoor spaces. Students should seek to touch on the importance of collaborative communication throughout the project development process, from inception to completion, and ideally use examples from their own experience. Must also include two letters of reference and resume.
Other OHTF Scholarships Available:
Ottawa Chapter Scholarship, $500
Available to a graduate of any horticultural program in Ontario who is currently working for a member of Landscape Ontario’s Ottawa Chapter. The award is based on excellence, dedication to the profession and submitted transcripts.
Upper Canada Chapter Scholarships, $500
The “Dan Clost Scholarship”; “Lisa Purves-Smith Scholarship”; and “Esmonde-White Scholarship” for continuing education in horticulture, are available for $500 each for those who have furthered the development of horticulture education and awareness in the Upper Canada Chapter.
Criteria: One recipient from each region — east, central, and west — each year. If there is no applicant from one of the regions, the board will/may award the three scholarships according to the other Awarding Criteria.
- No age limit on the candidates
- Must be for an accredited post secondary program that runs more than one year in duration ie: apprenticeship, diploma, degree etc.
- Proof of residence within the geographical region of the UCC
- Special considerations may be given if a candidate’s school is within the geographical region but residence is outside boundary
- Candidates must submit an essay explaining how their program choice of post secondary study will further their career development within the field of horticulture
- Demonstrate leadership skills ie: 4H, youth group, public service, etc. This is not meant to be a hindrance to candidate’s validation; proper consideration/allowances will be given to their mandatory 40 hours of community service
- Recipient may not be awarded the bursary in consecutive years unless approved by the board
- Application deadline: March 31st each year
Full details at horttrades.com/upper-canada-chapter-scholarships-now-available
Graduate Research Assistant Program, $6,000
Available to a graduate student at the University of Guelph studying at a Masters or Doctorate level. The candidate is chosen by the University’s Department of Plant Agriculture or School of Environmental Sciences, and approved by the Growers Group of Landscape Ontario and HRIO.
Cullen Scholarships Program
Requirements for Eligibility: Students must be involved in a fulltime Landscape/Horticultural Program at the following schools.
School Program Scholarship Amount Tuition per year (approx.) 1. University of Guelph Landscape Architecture Degree $2,000 $7,000 2. University of Guelph Horticultural Science Degree $2,000 $7,000 3. Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture $2,000 $875 4. Fanshawe College Landscape Design Diploma $2,000 $3,600 5. Fanshawe College Horticultural Technician Diploma $2,000 $3,600 6. St. Clair College Horticultural Technician Diploma $2,000 $2,700 7. Algonquin College Horticultural Industries Diploma $2,000 $2,700 8. Humber College Landscape Technician Diploma $2,000 $3,000 9. Durham College Horticultural Technician Diploma $2,000 $3,000 10. Seneca College Environmental Landscape Diploma $2,000 $1,700 11. Niagara College Horticultural Technician Diploma $2,000 $4,000 12. Ridgetown College Associate Diploma In Horticulture $2,000 $5,000 13. Apprenticeship (Any School) Horticultural Technician $1,000 $600 14 Apprenticeship (Any School) Horticultural Technician $1,000 $600 15 Needs Based Scholarship Any school $4,000 TOTAL $30,000
$4,000 will remain in the Cullen Scholarships Fund for a need -based circumstance.
The Cullen Scholarships are designed to encourage and inspire leadership qualities in students who have a passion and enthusiasm for the landscape horticulture industry. They will be awarded to contribution-oriented candidates who possess integrity, honesty, perseverance and initiative and who care about their fellow students, teachers, community and industry.
Candidates will be selected by their peers and teachers. The Coordinator of the program will host an election process and submit a brief profile of the winning candidate to Mark Cullen and the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation. The profile will outline the character attributes of the successful candidate.
OHTF Application Deadline: June 30.
Selection Process for the Need Based Scholarship: The coordinator of the program will apply on behalf of a candidate who is experiencing financial challenges that will make it difficult for the candidate to complete their program.
MORE Industry Scholarships Available
$500 Horticulture Scholarship for 2016 still available!!! Click here for our 2016 application
The Grand Bend & Area Horticultural Society ($500) has extended their search area in the hopes of assisting a Horticulture student this year.
Application for the $500 scholarship is open to any resident of Ontario who is currently full-time attending second year of a college/university Horticulture Program in Southwestern Ontario. Applicants must submit a completed application form along with supporting documents showing academic standing year one, and letter from registrar’s office confirming current enrollment in year two.
Deadline for receipt of applications is December 10, 2016
Ontario Parks Association Foundation (OPAF) Scholarship & Bursary Award Program: Know someone who needs money for school?
The Ontario Parks Association Foundation (OPAF) provides five scholarships/bursaries annually to second year students.
Awarded to qualified post-secondary students who complete the requirements of application and who are studying in a related field, aligned with the goals of the Foundation and the Ontario Parks Association, where the: “Ontario Parks Association (OPA) is committed to civic beautification, the advancement, protection and conservation of parks, open space and the environment as we practice “Protecting Tomorrow Today” in the province of Ontario.”
Len Stanley – King of Kew Scholarship, $2,500
Joyce Anderson Bursary, $2,500
The Beulah & Harry Christian,
Margaret & Ernie Seager Bursary, $2,500
Dave Gower OPAF Bursary, $2,500
Little Tikes Commercial Bursary, $2,500
Please note: OPAF scholarship application deadline is Friday May 29, 2015.
Please visit ontarioparksassociation.ca prior to applying for full application requirements, details and an application form.
Landscape Ontario Scholarship recipients for 2015
Casey van Maris Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Laura Mclean, Ridgetown College
Russel and Karen Loney Scholarship ($500)
Sai Sai Kong, Humber College
Horst Dickert Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Corina Ottnad, Humber College
John and Ruth Wright Turf Management Scholarship ($2,000)
Dylan Harding, University of Guelph
Graduate Research Assistance Program ($6,000)
Tyson Jennett, University of Guelph
High School Program
Lindsey Elise McCain, University of Guelph
Tony DiGiovanni Scholarship ($1,000)
Kira Burger, Kemptville College/University of Guelph
High School Program Scholarships ($1,000)
Macormick Foulds, Niagara College
Mark Lappan, Humber College
Brittany Musseau-Drover, Durham College
Cole Rix-Littley, Fanshawe College
Samantha Robertson, Niagara College
Horticulturist Scholarships ($500)
Wayne Lewington, Mohawk College
Elena Dunham, Fanshawe College
Joseph Greenspon, Algonquin College
Jasdeep Heer, Humber College
Christine Keller, Humber College
Rana Azizi Soldouz, Seneca College
Post Secondary ($1000)
Nicholas Albanese, Humber College
Melissa Alexander, Seneca College
Cullen Scholarships Program 2015 Winners
Requirements for Eligibility: Students must be involved in a full-time Landscape/Horticultural Program at the following schools.
School Program Scholarship Amount Recipient 1. University of Guelph Landscape Architecture Degree $2,000 Scott Cafarella 2. University of Guelph Horticultural Science Degree $2,000 No application received 3. Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture $2,000 Taylor Parks 4. Fanshawe College Landscape Design Diploma $2,000 No application received 5. Fanshawe College Horticultural Technician Diploma $2,000 Yujing Ma 6. St. Clair College Horticultural Technician Diploma $2,000 Kevin Kosempel 7. Algonquin College Horticultural Industries Diploma $2,000 Kevin Gascoigne 8. Humber College Landscape Technician Diploma $2,000 Heather Mackay 9. Durham College Horticultural Technician Diploma $2,000 No application received 10. Seneca College Environmental Landscape Diploma $2,000 Erik Murray 11. Niagara College Horticultural Technician Diploma $2,000 Anna Hynd 12. Ridgetown College Associate Diploma In Horticulture $2,000 Sarah Cudmore 13. Apprenticeship (Any School) Horticultural Technician $1,000 August Bergermann 14 Apprenticeship (Any School) Horticultural Technician $1,000 Josh Salverda 15 Needs Based Scholarship Any school $4,000 Jordan Morgan TOTAL $30,000
Note: $4,000 will remain in the Cullen Scholarships Fund for a need-based circumstance.