John Deere, Cary, North Carolina, named the 2021 winner of the John Deere Landscape Industry Scholarship. Brayden Johnson, a student at Brigham Young University in Utah, will be awarded a check for $2,500 to help further his education and dreams of pursuing a career within the landscaping industry. Johnson was recognized at this year’s National Collegiate Landscape Competition virtual event, taking place from March 15-19, 2021. Hosted annually by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, the NCLC aims to foster and develop students to be successful in agriculture and landscaping.
“The National Collegiate Landscape Competition is one of the most important opportunities that we offer students each year, and we’re thrilled to be part of the virtual platform to continue our scholarship tradition for 2021. This competition helps students to recognize their potential and sets them up for long-standing careers in the industry,” says Nick Minas, go-to-market manager, John Deere. “We were thoroughly impressed by Brayden Johnson and are pleased to award him a cash prize that can be used to support his future goals and endeavors.”
Johnson is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in landscape management. He has a passion for plant sciences and gardening, and also serves as a student greenhouse manager on campus. To further fuel his passion, Johnson also has his own side business of selling and propagating exotic plants. His dream job would be owning his own greenhouse or nursery.
John Deere also crowned a new champion at NCLC, announcing that Shasta College won the “Team Spirit Photo Contest” and will be awarded with a $1,000 prize. In recent years, John Deere has helped to select a winner of the “Best Cheer Award” at NCLC. With this year’s event going virtual, John Deere and NALP worked to shift the competition to a photo contest to ensure school spirit could still be honored among this year’s landscaping and horticulture students.
“As a gold sponsor of the 2021 NCLC, we were excited to present a new way to promote school spirit through this year’s photo contest,” says Minas. “The passion seen through Shasta College was notable and we’re proud to offer these students a reward that will help their landscape and horticulture programs grow.”
This year’s virtual event included over 15 student workshops, a career fair and industry-related challenges for students to compete in. John Deere was the lead sponsor for this year’s compact excavator quiz, testing students with a series of questions and/or problems pertaining to the safety, maintenance, operation and key machine characteristics of a compact excavator.