History of ACS Scholarship Awards

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) in landscapes and gardens available to the public or in the wild.

An additional benefit of the ACS Scholarship is authoring an article for the Conifer Quarterly, the ACS magazine.


We awarded $2000 to Robert Hammond from Cincinnati, Ohio. Robert’s sponsor was David Gressley, Director of Horticulture at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, Cincinnati, Ohio. Robert is a junior at Cincinnati State University, working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture. His main interest is why conifers are disappearing from Ohio forests. Robert states; “Through studying diseases I hope to find a solution to canker”. Jessica will use her scholarship to help with her research and tuition.

We awarded a second scholarship of $1500 to Jessica Rae Bernardine, whose sponsor was Professor David Lemke of Texas State University. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Botany from Oklahoma State University and is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Biology at Texas State University, where she is conducting research and is also a teaching assistant. Jessica will use her scholarship to help with her research and tuition.

This year were were able to give a third award, of $1500, to Abigail Clarke. Her sponsors were ACS Members April and Jeff Clarke (her parents), who own Lund Brother’s Nursery in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Abigail is beginning her junior year at the University of Delaware, majoring in Ecology & Conservation, Agriculture & Resources, with a minor in Landscape Horticulture and Design.

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!

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.

2015: No scholarship awarded

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 was introduced to while taking a plant propagation course at Chemeketa Community College.

2013: Lauren Axford, of 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.

2012: (No applicants; no scholarship awarded)

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. 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, at the 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.]

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]

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]

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]

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

2007: Andrew Pulte, a MS 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]

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

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

Read more about our 2018 winners.