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Scholarship Application Information

The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association is pleased to offer the Phil Kozel Memorial Scholarship Program. Scholarships are based on merit and achievement and are available to college students majoring in landscape, nursery production, or related horticulture subject areas and high school FFA students who have shown an interest in pursuing a major in landscape, nursery production, or related horticulture subject areas at a two- or four-year institution upon graduation from high school.

The ONLA President’s Scholarship, a $3,000 scholarship, will be awarded to one college candidate from the pool of applicants. Several $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to college candidates. Several $500 scholarships will be awarded to high school FFA candidates.


Application Requirements

College students enrolled full- or part-time in programs at the following schools are eligible to apply: The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, Kent State University-Salem, Clark State Community College, Owens Community College, Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Hocking College and the University of Cincinnati.

FFA students who are granted scholarships from the ONLA will be required to submit a copy of their college acceptance letter, along with information detailing their school’s financial office and student account identification numbers, prior to receiving the scholarship funds. (ONLA will provide additional details to students who receive scholarships.)


Additional eligibility requirements are:

  • Currently holds student membership in the ONLA
  • Noteworthy participation in outside activities
  • Interest in a career in the horticulture industry
  • Need for financial assistance
  • College applicants must be able to receive the scholarship at the ONLA Awards Ceremony on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. FFA Scholarship applicants will accept awards during the Ohio High School Landscape Olympics on Friday, November 3, 2017 at OSU/ATI in Wooster.
  • Submission of all requested application materials by the deadline (incomplete applications are disqualified)

Additional College Requirements:

  • Has served, or will serve prior to graduation, an internship relative to the horticulture industry
  • At least one quarter or semester remaining following the Fall 2017 semester


How to Apply

The application deadline for 2018 scholarships has passed. Please check back in September, 2018 for 2019 application instructions. 

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