The Perennial Plant Association is proud to offer five scholarships to college students studying horticulture or a related subject area coupled with attendance at the Perennial Plant Symposium. Students enrolled in a two or four-year program are eligible to apply.

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Scholarship recipients receive a complimentary symposium lectures and tours registration, complimentary lodging in addition to $1000. Applications for the 2014 program are now available and completed applications are due March 4, 2014.

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2013 PPA Scholarship Recipients

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Six scholarship recipients in July during the 2013 Perennial Plant Symposium in Vancouver, BC. From Left: Samantha August, Joshua Pecukonis, Robin Cannon, Matthew McKernan, Amy Miller and Joshua Henry.

Robin Cannon, Kent State University

Robin is pursuing a BS degree in Landscape Design at Kent State University in Ohio. Robin has gained green industry experience at the Shaker Heights Country Club and Wheeler Landscaping in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Her employer reference states “Robin quickly became a part of the culture of our company and truly grasped the understanding of our tag line – Growing Relationships."

Joshua Henry, Ohio State University

Josh is majoring in horticulture with a minor in agribusiness at the Ohio State University. Previously, he studied with the Ohio State University ATI program. Josh is facinated by research and plans to continue his studies in a graduate program once his BS degree is completed.

Matthew McKernan, Kansas State University

Matthew is a junior at Kansas State University. His major is Horticulture with a Landscape Design Specialization. Matthew maintains a 4.0 GPA while owning a small-scale landscape design, installation, and maintenance business that manages 20 clients. Matthew’s goal is to own a landscape company in which he would focus on using sustainable plants, such as perennials, to not only add color to the garden, but also to create a self-sustaining garden that requires less irrigation but still thrive in the landscape.

Amy Miller, Ohio State University ATI Campus

Amy is a student at the Ohio State University ATI campus who will transfer to the Ohio State University main campus to complete her BS degree. She is majoring in sustainable plant systems with a minor in horticulture. Amy interned at Corso’s Perennials in Ohio, winner of the 2007 PPA Grower of the Year. Her college professor notes "Amy absorbs everything and will readily come to office hours to discuss plants whether they are from the class, or other areas."

Joshua Pecukonis, Montana State University

Josh is a junior at Montana State University majoring in Environmental Horticulture with a minor in business. Josh is interested in cut flower production and his goal is to own a commercial cut flower facility. Josh also is quite involved with raising sheep and rabbits.

Nanette Welch Memorial Scholarship Presented to Samantha August

PPA member Tracy DiSabato-Aust created a foundation scholarship honoring the memory of Nanette Welch. Nanette was a dedicated employee of Tracy’s prior to starting her own business, Nanette's Garden Design. Nanette was a graduate of Columbus State Community College and an active PPA member. It is fitting that the scholarship recognition be given to another Columbus State Community College student, Samantha August.

Samantha August, Columbus State Community College

Samantha has completed two years with honors at the Columbus State Community College in Ohio and a great internship with PPA member firm MJ Designs. Her goal is to complete a BS degree at Ohio State University and then to create designs that are both interactive and engaging for those who experience them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements?

  • Student should be majoring or minoring in horticulture or a related field.
  • Student should have at least one quarter or semester remaining following spring term 2014.
  • Student should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Recipients must be able to attend the Perennial Plant Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio July 28-August 1, 2014.
  • An interest in a career in perennials is preferred, but not required.
  • Undergraduate students only are eligible.
  • Prior PPA scholarship recipients are ineligible.

How do I find a PPA member in my area who could be a reference for me?
Call the PPA office to find a member in your area at 614-771-8431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I go to a technical college. May I apply for the Perennial Plant Association Scholarship?

Do I need to be in school to receive the PPA Scholarship?
Yes, you need to have at least one quarter or semester left in school after receiving the award.

How do I apply?

Application will be due March 4, 2014. Download the application.

Scholarship applications are due March 4, 2014.

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