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ACS Scholarship Historical Synopsis

The ACS scholarship may be used for any educational purpose that is consistent with the mission of the ACS such as the study, development, preservation, promotion and appreciation of conifers (including ginkgo) — with an emphasis on dwarf and unusual specimens — in landscapes and gardens available to the public.

An additional benefit of the ACS Scholarship is getting an article published in the prestigious Conifer Quarterly, the ACS magazine. [Some issues of CQ are available online as PDF documents to ACS members registered with this website.] In the following list the scholarship recipient’s educational experience is given at the time of their application.

2005: The ACS Scholarship is established. The amount is set at $1,000. No applications were received this first year.

2006: Kevin Stevens received $1,000 to attend a six-week garden seminar in Kyoto, Japan.

2007: Andrew Pulte, a Masters Candidate in horticulture at the University of Tennessee, received $1,000 to cover school-related expenses and help offset his travel and lodging to attend the 2007 ACS National Meeting in Seattle, WA. [CQ: Vol 26, No.1, pp. 38-39]

2008: Ryan Contreras, a PhD candidate in horticulture at the University of Georgia, received $1,000 to cover school-related expenses and attend the 2009 ACS National Meeting on Long Island, NY. Contreras presented a synopsis of his research at the meeting. A synopsis of his joint research with John M. Reuter (University of Georgia) on developing a Japanese cedar that will not brown in winter was published. [CQ: Vol. 27, No.1, pp. 19-23]

2008: Matthew S. Wilson, a Masters Candidate in Horticuture, Auburn University, received $1,000 to cover school-related expenses and purchase educational materials. [CQ: Vol. 26, No.2, pp. 14-15]

2009: The ACS Scholarship was increased to $2,500

Marlyse Duguid, B.S., University of Connecticut, received $2,500 to cover school-related expenses to complete her Masters Degree in Forestry at the Yale School of Forestry. [CQ: Vol. 27, No.2, pp. 38-39]

2010: Jared Barnes, a PhD Candidate, North Carolina State University, used part of his $2,500 to cover expenses for an NCSU-sponsored trip to England. He also used some of the scholarship to cover school-related expenses pursuant to getting a Doctorate in Horticulture. [CQ: Vol. 27, No.4, pp. 9-11]

2011: Mitchell Zost & Alan Dosenberry, seniors at Michigan State University, were awarded a Special Request Scholarship and shared $2,500 to cover expenses related to an original research project at the Harper Conifer Collection at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, MI. Project-related expenses were covered. The project was monitored by Dr. Bert Cregg, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University. [CQ: Vol.28, No. 3]

Michelle Kehyaian, B.S. Environmental Design, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, used her $2,500 to attend the ACS National Meeting in Silverton, OR, and set up a network that will help her maintain and further develop the Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection at the New York Botanical Gardens. [CQ: Vol. 29, No. 4.]

2012: (No applicants; no scholarship awarded)

2013: Lauren Axford, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and McGill University, Quebec, Canada, used her scholarship to purchase relevant texts and materials to do an independent study on the propagation of unusually hardy conifer specimens at Pine Hollow Arboretum.

2014: Stephanie Krieg, Oregon State University, used her scholarship to help pay for her education and allow her to indulge in her secret passion, broom-hunting, which she developed while taking a plant propagation course at Chemeketa Community College.

2015: No scholarship awarded

2016: Tanner Dell, Iowa State University, a freshman majoring in horticulture. Tanner used his scholarship to to cover school expenses. Tanner’s work experience at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum has given Tanner a passion for “all things plant”. Brandon Miller,Iowa State University, used his scholarship as a Graduate Student to to assist his work on his thesis to improve production techniques for rare, unusual and underrepresented woody plants including Ginkgo, pines and firs.

2017: Cole Hamilton, Western Kentucky University, used his scholarship to help pay for his education. He is a senior and upon graduation plans to become an agronomist, while growing his passion for conifers!

The history of the ACS Scholarship is updated here each year as applicants receive their awards.