HERNDON, Va. — The National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation presented scholarships totaling $69,100 to 53 students, during the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, held March 16–19, at Mississippi State University.

Many of the donors, or Foundation Ambassadors as they are called, who fund the scholarships, were on hand to present them in person. Each scholarship recipient is hand-selected by the judges from donor criteria after careful review.

In addition to the named Ambassador scholarships, the Foundation also awards a President’s Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, which was given to Ben Harcey from Michigan State University. The President’s Scholarship is selected by the Foundation judging panel, which looks for a student who excels in academics, industry-related activities, and community service.

To date the Foundation has awarded $1 million in scholarship money, $91,100 in awards and scholarships in 2016. A list of the recipients of the Foundation scholarships and awards can be found on the Foundation website.

“The Foundation continues to build the future of the landscape workforce through our schools,” said Miles Kuperus, Landscape Industry Certified, Foundation president. “We continue to attract the best and brightest within the industry to help build the program and inspire these students and develop these great minds.”