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GCA Scholarships Recipients: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture


2018 Isabella Garramone

Isabella Garramone is a master’s student at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. Her area of
focus is behavior, education, and communication. Previously having worked in children’s education at both Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and the New York Botanical Garden, she is currently with  e Farm at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital to research, create, and implement a toolkit-based system to facilitate collaboration among farms that participate in health care. Garramone intends to become a leader in engagement and outreach to educate communities about their local food systems and their impact not only at home but also with respect to the global environment.

2018 Keri Plevniak

Keri Plevniak is a master’s student in plant ecology at Cleveland State University. Her research compares the plant communities of restored and unrestored meadows in northeastern Ohio to understand how plant traits contribute to restoration outcomes. The presence and abundance of species along with leaf, height, and seed traits will be studied to assess the impact of restoration e orts on the diversity of plant establishment. Plant traits and their relationship to the structure of plant communities can be of value in
analyzing restoration. Results from this study will aid managers of natural areas in planning restoration activities.

2018 Hannah Magney

Hannah Magney is pursuing a degree in sustainable agriculture at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment in Lexington. Her dual major in the interdisciplinary program of the Department of Community and Leadership Development will be augmented next year, when as a junior she will be adding a minor in plant and soil sciences. Magney believes that the  elds of agriculture and horticulture provide bountiful opportunities to begin stabilizing communities through ful lling the need for nutritious food and for a connection with nature. Her academic focus is to develop community programs that bene t both the environment and local residents.

2018 Madison Proctor

Madison Proctor is a junior majoring in environmental studies and biology at Hiram College in Ohio. She currently works at the college’s James H. Barrow Field Station, a research and educational facility and wildlife rehabilitation center. Last summer she did research with rhododendron rootstock at the 3,600-acre Holden Arboretum.  is summer she will be an interpreter at the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, a national park in Pennsylvania. Proctor hopes to continue her career in environmental outreach and education, working in state and national parks.

2018 Tara Quesenberry

Tara Corinne Quesenberry is an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, where she majors in agricultural education. She has worked in the agriculture industry for the last several years and is devoted to the national Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization. Her experience has enabled her to see that the lack of education is the most pressing issue facing the industry. Upon graduation Quesenberry wants to teach agriculture and be an FFA advisor in order to do her part in educating the general public and preparing for the future of the agriculture industry.

2018 Joshua Hitchner

Joshua Hitchner is a master’s student in landscape architecture at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Hitchner’s focus is on the ecological restoration of landscapes, improving sites not only for human enjoyment but also to enhance the ecosystems. During his  final year of study, Hitchner will investigate creative solutions for improving degraded landscapes. He hopes to have a positive inuence on the selection of native plants o ered by growers and in turn used in design plans. Hitchner is currently working for a large wholesale nursery in New Jersey.

2018 Parker Strand

Parker Strand is an undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Plant Science. He aspires to have a management position at a public botanic garden and use his in uence to promote the public horticulture industry to younger generations. Strand has spoken at the American Horticultural Society’s National Children & Youth Gardening Symposium and is currently employed at Chanticleer Garden, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, as a member of the visitors service department. Strand plans to pursue a master’s degree in public horticulture.

Funded by Shaker Lakes Garden Club, Zone X

2018 Megan Bender

Megan Bender is a junior studying horticulture at the University of Cincinnati. After graduating she intends to pursue a career in either landscape design or public horticulture. Having completed three internships in public horticulture over the past two years, Bender will be delving into the commercial side of the horticulture industry this summer by working at a wholesale greenhouse. She is excited to learn more about greenhouse management and diversify her skill set with this opportunity.

Funded by Garden Club of Cleveland, Zone X

2017 Christian Moore

Christian Moore is an undergraduate landscape architecture student at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University in Columbus. His research explores planting design as a means to improve polluted runoff, prevent erosion, and establish habitat in agricultural contexts. This summer he will conduct independent research in the Netherlands, studying Dutch polder design and the current Room for the River project for the Rhine delta. Upon completing his fieldwork, he will study under Cassian Schmidt, Director of Hermannshof Botanical Garden in Weinheim, Germany.

2017 Kristie Lane Anderson

Kristie Lane Anderson is a master’s student in landscape architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is currently employed by the architecture firm Fielding Nair International, where she specializes in learning spaces and peaceful and reflective outdoor environments for early childhood education. Her research will focus on ecological restoration and educational landscapes. Her thesis will examine the restoration of wetland ecosystems and design for interpretation of ecology and conservation for students and visitors.



Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2018, more than $308,400 was awarded to 65 scholars.

In its inaugural year, the Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies was awarded to Angela Merriken and Dr. Uma Venkatesh.

Read more about the new Scholarship and the recipients.