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Davey Awards Arbor Grant Scholarships to 50 Students

Posted: March 14, 2016 

For the last quarter of a century, Davey Tree has been providing educational support to budding green industry students across the nation through their Arbor Grant scholarship program.

Each year, Davey Tree awards $1,000 merit-based scholarships to the best and brightest students in the green industry across the U.S.

Over the last 25 years, Davey Tree has donated more than half a million dollars through their Arbor Grant program.

Still, the Davey Foundation, of Davey Tree, strives to give more to students than they did the year before.

At the end of 2015, Davey presented 50 students with Arbor Grant scholarships, an 11 percent increase from 2014.

Students across the nation could not be happier for the extra help as tuition costs continue to rise.

“It was such a blessing to receive this award and be able to focus even more on my studies this semester,” commented Nelson Geary, a 2015 Arbor Grant winner. A current landscape management student at Brigham Young University in Utah, Geary learned of the Arbor Grant program during his 2015 summer internship at Davey.

To be eligible for an Arbor Grant scholarship, students must be enrolled in a two- or four-year program that focuses on forestry, urban forestry, arboriculture or another green industry field.

Throughout the year, R.J. Laverne, manager of education and training, and Shawn Skilton, administer of educational resources, answer any questions and prepare the applications for final review.

Together, Laverne and Skilton collaborate with Mark Noark, Davey’s manager of recruiting and training, and the recruiting department. The team works together to select winning applicants based on their academic history, letter of intent and faculty reference. 

“In 2015, we had over 152 Arbor Grant applicants – the highest number to date. When I began managing the program in 2003, we only awarded 18 scholarships. I’m incredibly excited to see the program and students’ enthusiasm for green industries grow,” shared Noark.   

That enthusiasm goes both ways.

“Receiving the Arbor Grant impacted my appreciation for Davey Tree. A company that wants their employees to be educated and offers funds to help them achieve it is exceptional in my eyes,” explained Anna Detoro, a 2015 Arbor Grant winner.

Detoro learned of Davey Tree when Mark Noark demoed tree climbing during a class in her urban forestry program at Kent State University. Soon thereafter, she began interning at the Davey Institute, where her supervisor introduced her to the Arbor Grant program.

“Having a student work for us and receive a scholarship is the perfect marriage. We get to give them hands-on industry experience while ensuring they continue their academic studies,” notes Mark Noark.

Davey internships provide students with work opportunities that align with their majors and their interests.

“The whole Davey internship was a whirlwind learning experience,” comments Jack Rowell, a 2015 Arbor Grant winner and forest resources management student at West Virginia University. During his internship at Davey, Rowell completed lab work at the Davey Institute, surveyed trees for tree inventory programs and even participated in an Asian Longhorned Beetle eradication project.

“Anyone interested in the industry should definitely give Davey Tree a try,” chimed in fellow Arbor Grant winner, Casey Johnson, a forestry and natural resources student at Purdue University in Indiana. 

“Davey treats you with respect and gives you what you need to succeed. They offer a lot more than just a job,” continued Johnson, who has worked for Davey Tree every year of his college career.

Davey encourages green industry students or interns to apply for an Arbor Grant scholarship. Send applications, or questions, to education@davey.com by September 2016.

A complete list of 2015 Arbor Grant winners is below.

  • Ted King, Alleghany College of Maryland
  • Danny Metz, Alleghany College of Maryland
  • Abigail Bruce, Auburn University
  • Spencer Saunders, Auburn University
  • Nelson Geary, Brigham Young University 
  • Daniel Hedden, California Polytechnic State University
  • Guy Hernandez, California Polytechnic State University
  • Emma Coleman, Clemson University
  • Tyler Stefancin, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Kelly Overby, Cuyahoga Community College - Eastern Campus
  • Sue Walker, Hinds Community College
  • Eric Fanslau, Hocking College
  • Jackson Savage, Hocking College
  • Brady Kohlenberg, Hocking College
  • Julia Schwager, Iowa State University
  • Levi Vogt, Kansas State University
  • Kodi Stebner, Kent State University
  • Anna Detoro, Kent State University
  • Pamela Sears, Kent State University
  • Rachel Grinwis, Michigan State Universisty
  • Peter Hoch, Michigan Technological University
  • Alexander Helman, Michigan Technological University
  • Rachel Gauthier, Michigan Technological University
  • Jacob MacDougall, Mid-State Technical College
  • Wes Gill, Mississippi State University
  • Srividya Krishnan, Mt. San Antonio College
  • Andrew Herzog, Ohio State University - Agricultural Technical Institute
  • Scott Mendenhall, Oklahoma State University
  • Daniel Noel, Penn State University
  • Hamza Mastroddi, Penn State University – Mont Almo
  • Taylor Souders, Penn State University
  • Casey Johnson, Perdue University
  • Casey Snyder, South Dakota State University
  • John Moore, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Grace Knott, State University of New York – Cobleskill
  • Megan Jackson, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
  • Cari Klarich, Tulsa Community College
  • Katherine Ziemlak, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • Michael Bahe, University of Minnesota
  • Maggie Harthoorn, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Bryce Crunkilton, University of Wisconsin
  • Luke Scheberl, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  • Taylor Lewnadowski, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  • Jessica Schultz, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Sarah Cross, Utah State University
  • Louise Cohn-Still, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Michael Webb, Virginia Tech
  • Mary Marvel, West Virginia University
  • Jack Rowell, West Virginia University
  • Matthew Zuccari, Western Kentucky University  

The Davey Tree Expert Company’s more than 8,000 employees provide tree care, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial and government markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Davey has provided Proven Solutions for a Growing World since 1880 and has been employee-owned for 35 years.  


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