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Horticulture Students Receive Scholarships

Horticulture students Connor Hagemeyer and Sarah Kickert were named 2016-2017 Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Foundation Academic Award Winners. Hagemeyer will receive a scholarship co-sponsored by Gertens Greenhouses and Garden Center. Kickert will receive a scholarship co-sponsored by the Robin D. Linder Memorial Scholarship.

November 28, 2016

Horticulture students Connor Hagemeyer and Sarah Kickert were named 2016-2017 Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Foundation Academic Award Winners. Hagemeyer will receive a scholarship co-sponsored by Gertens Greenhouses and Garden Center. Kickert will receive a scholarship co-sponsored by the Robin D. Linder Memorial Scholarship.

Hagemeyer, a sophomore from Clara City, Minnesota, is advised by Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti. He serves as Vice President of the NDSU Horticulture and Forestry Club.  In high school he was active in the Floriculture and Nursery/Landscape aspects of FFA.  After college, Hagemeyer wants to become an ornamental plant breeder.

Kickert, a sophomore from Shakopee, Minnesota, is advised by Dr. Todd West. She works for West in the Woody Plant Improvement program and is a member of the NDSU Horticulture and Forestry Club. She also has worked for Bachman’s, a floral, gift and garden center based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her goals after graduation include working in residential landscape design and potentially returning to NDSU to pursue a master’s degree in landscape architecture.  

The scholarships will be awarded during the Green Industry Awards Celebration to be held in Minneapolis in January 2017. Recipients also are offered complimentary registration to attend Northern Green, formerly known as the Northern Green Expo, to be held at the same time in Minneapolis. This event offers education, product demonstrations, and networking opportunities for green industry professionals.

The goal of the MNLA Foundation Academic Awards Program is to honor the academic achievements of college students who have made horticulture or landscaping their career choice. In addition, the program helps students make connections with nursery and landscape employers who are MNLA members. Over 20 scholarships are awarded every year.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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