Aug. 24 2020 08:35 AM

Program offers up to $10,000 in scholarship to students each year.

Woburn, Massachusetts-based Arborjet, a leader in tree and plant health care, awarded its 2020 Taking Root Scholarships to this year’s recipient students. Now in its seventh consecutive year, the program offers up to $10,000 in scholarship to students who plan to pursue full-time studies in forestry, plant sciences, horticulture, entomology or a related major at an accredited two-or four-year college.

The following are this year’s recipients:

Brianna Moser will be awarded $5,000 to major in forest health at SUNY-ESF Ranger School, located in the northwestern Adirondack Mountains, the only college in the U.S. that offers an undergraduate major in forest health. She plans on participating in the school’s American Chestnut Restoration project and pursuing a career in forest pathology. She hopes to work for the U.S. Forest Service to help survey forests for pests and disease and to develop treatments to curb or eliminate tree pests and diseases.

Sofia Maass will receive $3,000 to study environmental science/biology in the honors program at Allegheny College. She volunteered at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where she developed a strong interest in entomology and the relationship between insects and their host plants. For her senior project, she created a field guide of arthropods and was the first person to photograph a type of tortoise beetle and larvae (Cassida relicta) in her county. Through this discovery, she’s been able to make professional contacts at the Smithsonian and Texas A&M.

Joseph Hider will be awarded $2,000 to begin his studies as a forestry major at Montana State University. He plans to pursue a career with the National Park Service, hoping “to preserve the country’s national resources and make them accessible for all citizens.”

“We want parents, educators, counselors and the tree care community to join us in encouraging young students to transform their ingenuity and passion into a career in this important industry,” says Russ Davis, president and CEO, Arborjet. “Through this scholarship program, we recognize dedicated students whose philosophy aligns with our company’s mission to help save trees and preserve urban forests. This year’s winners have demonstrated achievement in their schools and want to lend their skills and talents to help grow our industry, which we truly value.”