Since 1988, the California Landscape Contractors Association has been recognizing exemplary academic achievement by awarding scholarships to students who have achieved excellence in their fields of study. In 2013, CLCA has granted a total of $18,850 to 14 students pursuing horticulture degrees at California colleges and universities. The scholarships have been funded through CLCA’s (LEAF) Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation.
David Boggs of Spring Valley is a sophomore at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon majoring in arboriculture. He is also studying golf and sports turf management and irrigation technology. Boggs is the teaching assistant for the trees and shrubs identification class and a volunteer at the college’s nursery and greenhouse. As a member of the San Diego Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers (and intern at Cuyamaca College), he recently planted an orchard featuring ornamental fruiting trees, including the Hollywood plum. Boggs is the recipient of the San Diego Chapter Scholarship.
Austin Bradrick of Mountain View, a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is an agricultural and environmental plant science major, concentrating in sustainable landscape management and design. He’s a student member of CLCA’s San Luis Obispo Chapter and a member of Cal Poly’s Horticulture Club. This summer, Bradrick is working with The Celtis Group in San Jose as a construction estimator. He received the Ken Jenner Memorial Scholarship, the San Francisco Bay Area East Sigrid Raeth Scholarship, the Hans Biland Memorial Scholarship, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Scholarship and a CLCA General Fund Scholarship.
Lucas Bartlett Carlow of San Luis Obispo is a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in environmental horticulture. He’s a member of the Cal Poly Horticulture Club and the Permaculture Club, a group that advocates sustainable urban land use and functional landscapes. He’s on the garden maintenance team at the Leaning Pine Arboretum, and his career goals include a focus on promoting healthy communities by improving the functionality and sustainability of residential and commercial landscapes. Carlow is the recipient of the San Fernando Valley Chapter Scholarship, the Robert Kaplanak Memorial Scholarship, the Redwood Landscaping Scholarship, and a CLCA General Fund Scholarship.
Natalia Castillo of Stockton is a student at San Joaquin Delta College. She received the John Redmond Memorial Scholarship and a CLCA General Fund Scholarship.
Samuel Anders DeFever of Los Gatos is a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in environmental horticulture science with a concentration in landscape management. An active member of the Horticulture Club, he’s involved in a variety of projects at the Horticulture Unit’s arboretum. This summer DeFever is studying in Bangkok, Thailand. After graduation, he wants to intern at a landscape company that provides design/build and maintenance services. DeFever received the Bill Hayes Memorial Scholarship, the Edron Schneider Memorial Scholarship, awards from the George Kunimoto Memorial Fund, the Jere Driscoll Memorial Scholarship and the CLCA General Fund Scholarship.
Rachel Maiorino of Merced, a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is the recipient of the Jon Robert Alsdorf Memorial Scholarship and the George Schaaf Honorarium.
Christopher Martinez of Indio Hills is a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He received the Inland Empire Chapter Scholarship and the Ron Heaviland Memorial Scholarship.
Chaz Perea of Whittier is a senior at Penn State University online and recently finished his course of study in ornamental horticulture at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, receiving an associate’s of science degree in ornamental horticulture and an associate’s of science degree in integrated pest management. He is currently working to earn a bachelor of science degree in turfgrass science and preparing for work on two master’s degrees: an MBA and a master’s in environmental science. A Certified Arborist and Certified Irrigation Auditor, Perea also has a Qualified Applicator License and Pest Control Advisors License. He currently works as a landscape manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is a coach on the Mt. San Antonio College turf team. He was awarded the Los Angeles San Gabriel Valley Chapter Scholarship, the Tom Yanase Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship and the Jaie Wallace Memorial Scholarship.
Tyler Poole of Ripon is a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in agriculture and environmental plant sciences. He’s a member of the Horticulture Club and the National Horticulture Honor Society and helps maintain interior plants on the Cal Poly campus. This summer, Poole will be working at a “100 percent self-sustaining resort” in the Dominican Republic. He received the Sacramento Chapter Scholarship, the John Brauns Memorial Scholarship and a CLCA General Fund Scholarship.
Max Sheehan of San Jose is a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and the recipient of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Scholarship, the Herb Frank Memorial Scholarship, the John Lyngso Honorarium Fund and the Paul Schogren Memorial Scholarship. He also received awards from the CLCA Women's Auxiliary Scholarship and the CLCA General Fund Scholarship.
Cody Stewart of Ventura, a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, is the recipient of the Hi Kellogg Memorial Scholarship, the Elizabeth Lloyd-Davis Foundation Scholarship, the Joy and Warren Thurston Memorial Scholarship, the Stuart Sperber Memorial Fund scholarship, the Henry Soto/Rose Marie Head Memorial Scholarship, a CLCA General Fund Scholarship and a CLCA Women's Auxiliary Scholarship.
Cody Wallace of Fullerton is a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and the incoming vice president of the Horticulture Club. He is also a member of the Crops Club, which hosts guest speakers from the agriculture industry, and he works on the grounds team at the Leaning Pine Arboretum, taking part in a variety of installation projects such the arboretum’s new rain garden. Wallace received the Orange County Chapter Scholarship, the Walt Young Memorial Scholarship, the Ben Slade Memorial Scholarship, the Tom Matsuoka Memorial Scholarship and a CLCA General Fund Scholarship.
Jeremiah Wheeler of Shasta Lake is a junior at Shasta College majoring in horticulture. This summer he is working to receive his pest applicator’s license, his irrigation auditor’s certification and his C-27 license. By next summer he plans to have his general contractor’s license and will be continuing his work with a partner in a landscape and landscape construction business. Wheeler is married, has a 4-year old son and is expecting a child this July. He received the North Valley Chapter Scholarship and the Associate Member Organization Scholarship.