Jennifer McElroy, from Naperville, recently attended the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) 36th annual Student Career Days at Kansas State University. There she received a PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) Scholarship.

McElroy received the PLANET AEF Scott Byron & Co. Scholarship in the amount of $1,750. She is a student at Joliet Junior College.  Each year, the PLANET AEF awards scholarships to students who are enrolled in landscape contracting and horticulture programs at two-year and four-year colleges and universities across the nation. These schools must have a PLANET-accredited landscape contracting/horticulture curriculum, be a PLANET student chapter member, or participate in the PLANET Student Career Days. In 2012, PLANET AEF presented almost $70,400 in academic aid.

“It was a very distinguished honor to receive the Scott Byron & Co. scholarship with the PLANET AEF. Thanks to the generosity of my donors my dream can become a reality and I can continue on my “green road” to success!” said McElroy. “Thank you to the Scott Byron & Company, PLANET AEF, the PLANET sponsors, and everyone that played a role with Student Career Days 2012!”

This three-day competitive event among students enrolled in horticulture programs featured events that were directly related to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry. The events were designed to challenge students based on current industry standards and judged by green industry companies.

For more information about the PLANET AEF scholarship process, visit LandcareNetwork.org, or call the PLANET office at 800-395-2522.