The Harold Curtis Scholarship

Award $500.00 (1 award of $500 is presented)

Eligibility: Any employee or child or relation of a SWMLA Member firm enrolled, full-time or part-time, in a Landscape or Horticultural related course or program at an accredited college or university in the United States of America.  Courses or program must lead to a Green Industry certificate, diploma or degree. Programs include landscape design, landscape construction, plant identification, pesticide license, turf management, nursery management and Horticultural specialist.

Application: All applications must include a completed application form and will be evaluated on the basis of an essay submission. A Selection Committee will score the essays based on the following criteria.

Criteria: 1,000-1,200 word essay on a topic related to your area of study in the green industry. Marks on the essay will be awarded as follows: • intellectual content (original, thought-provoking) - 50% • practical value - 20% • theoretical value - 20% • presentation and style - 10%

Guidelines: 1. The essay must be word processed in a 12-point font, double-spaced. 2. Pages must be numbered. 3. Essays must include a bibliography. 4. Applicant's name must not appear on any page of the essay. 5. One essay submission only per applicant.

Ownership: All essays submitted become the property of SWMLA. Successful essays will be published by SWMLA and may be shared widely through our website, government agencies, and media, along with information about the winners.

Submission: The application form and essay must be submitted together, either electronically via e-mail, to kmireles@mnla.org or by mail to:  Harold Curtis Scholarship |  MNLA, 2149 Commons Parkway, Okemos, MI 48864 | Questions? Contact Kelley Mireles at 517-381-0437 | FAX: 517-381-0638.

Deadline Essays are to be received no later than February 1st of each year. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

Notification All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee's decision.

Administration The Harold Curtis Scholarship Award Program is administered by the Southwest Michigan Landscape Association. SWMLA employees, children or relatives of employees are eligible for this scholarship award.