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2021 Emma Rose Brinks

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Undergraduate, Horticulture, Michigan State University

Brinks has worked on organic farms in England and Wales and is currently a Horticultural Assistant at the MSU Radiology Gardens. Highly involved in the MSU Student Horticulture Association, she is passionate about natural resources, vegetables, and horticultural education. Brinks hopes to be a part of the shift towards more-sustainable agriculture practices and food education. She plans to spend the summer of 2021 working on a Trail Crew in the White Mountains.


2021 Alyssa Christine Hannigan

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Master’s Student, Landscape Architecture, Tyler School of Art and Architecture,Temple University

Hannigan’s research is centered around the Holtwood Nature Preserve, a 132-acre nature preserve in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She will be completing a master plan,a detailed design, and ecological restoration and monitoring plan for the nature preserve. Her research looks at how responsible site design aids in the preservation of sensitive ecological landscapes, promotes public engagement, and molds visitor perspectives into an ethic of care.


2021 Jenna Happach

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Master’s Student, Landscape Architecture and Ecosystem Services & Management, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Happach employs ecological principles and focuses on evidence based design, while integrating practices in social sciences and environmental justice. Her capstone project includes working on an interdisciplinary team to review and update a long-term restoration and management plan, as well as developing a community engagement plan for Michigan Audubon’s Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary. She designed an educational garden for the site that showcases native plant species that support birds, and will be leading a team in its installation.


2021 Nathan Patrick James

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Undergraduate, Horticultural Science, Michigan State University

James’s experience includes working at a midwestern wholesale nursery that specializes in sustainable vertical gardens and living roofs. Through his interest in sustainability, he is currently conducting soil research in preserved dune lands, which encompasses gathering information on the soil texture and structure, density and weight relationships, and levels of soil organic matter. This summer, he will be working with a landscape design firm. Nathan hopes to combine his love of sustainability and horticulture by working in the green industry.


2021 Josey Marie Kronewitter

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Undergraduate, Horticulture, Purdue University

This summer Kronewitter will be exploring her passion for floral design work at Blush Botanicals, a floral- and event-design company in San Diego. After discovering her love for floral arranging through an internship, she is eager to share the beauty of floral work with others by taking a larger step into this industry. Kronewitter plans to continue gaining experience in expressing her creativity while learning from the professionals who have inspired her.


2021 Allison Miller

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Undergraduate, Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture, Purdue University

A Presidential Scholar, Miller is a member of the Purdue American Society of Landscape Architects (PASLA), and was on the winning team of Purdue University’s annual Unilock Challenge. She is passionate about designing spaces that are sustainable, beautiful, and functional. Miller will be spending the summer of 2021 researching the field of landscape architecture in Charlotte, North Carolina.


2021 Grace Elizabeth Moore

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Undergraduate, Sustainable Food & Farming Systems, Purdue University

Moore became interested in sustainable agriculture and food deserts while volunteering at the GroW community garden in Washington, DC. She has spent the last year spreading her love of local agriculture and teaching others about small farms as president of the Purdue Student Farm Organization, and will spend this summer researching soil conservation with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Moore hopes to one day utilize local agriculture to heal food deserts, combining her love of sustainable agriculture with her passion for accessible food systems.


2020 Patricia M Cordero-Irizarry 

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Patricia M. Cordero-Irizarry

Patricia M. Cordero-Irizarry is a master’s student specializing in 
soil science in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Awareness of the gravity of the food safety issue in her native Puerto Rico and of the environmental impact
 of agriculture led her to pursue an agricultural career. She obtained
a BSc in Crop Protection from 
the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Cordero-Irizarry’s current research focuses on the effect of land management on soil organic carbon stocks, and its influence on the soil’s physical and hydrological properties.

2020 Jenna Happach

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Jenna Happach is a master’s student in landscape architecture at the School for Environment and Sustainability 
at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about ecological resilience, ecological design, natural landscaping, native plant propagation, and soil ecology. She completed AmeriCorps service at the Monongahela National Forest, where she assisted in high-elevation red spruce restoration, botanical surveys, and education and outreach activities. As part of this experience, she gained her Incident Qualification Card, allowing her 
to work as a wildland firefighter. Happach also worked in youth education at Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, where she led visitor groups and created activities for children’s events.

2020 Kasandra Hernandez

The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Kasandra Hernandez is an undergraduate studying sustainable plant systems, with an emphasis in horticulture, at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. She recently was employed as a lab assistant in the research laboratory at the Davey Tree Expert Institute. There she worked on integrated vegetative management research, including surveying powerlines and rights-of-way, conducting soil benchmark tests. Hernandez hopes to combine her love of science and education to spread the enjoyment of horticulture.


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