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Horticulture Student Receives Scholarship

North Dakota State University horticulture science student Shawna Coalwell was named a 2018-2019 Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Foundation Academic Award Winner. She will receive a scholarship co-sponsored by Southview Design, a landscape contractor headquartered in St. Paul, MN.

The MNLA Foundation Academic Awards Program recognizes outstanding students enrolled in horticultural or landscape studies who have made horticulture or landscaping their career choice. The program also helps students make connections with nursery and landscape employers who are MNLA members. Over 20 scholarships are awarded every year.

Selection for the scholarship is based on academic standing, letters of recommendation from instructors and employers, and an essay by the student stating their career goals and objectives.

Coalwell, a senior from Sabin, Minnesota, is advised by Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, professor and high value crop production project leader. Coalwell transferred to NDSU in fall 2017 and is on the Dean’s list. She has worked for Opp Construction since 2015. Her jobs there have included landscape foreman, and working in their hardscape division and plant nursery. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, she is considering graduate school or a job in plant breeding or nursery management.  

The scholarship will be awarded during the Green Industry Awards Celebration to be held in Minneapolis in January 2019. Recipients are offered complimentary registration to attend the concurrent Northern Green event, which offers education, product demonstrations, and networking opportunities for green industry professionals.

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