Three students in the Landscape and Turfgrass Management Program at Owens Community College have been awarded scholarships from the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association/Phil Kozel Memorial.
Diana Lynn Snyder, of Holland, is a sophomore at Owens Community College with a 3.52 grade point average. A 1987 Rogers High School graduate, she received a $1,000 scholarship. Snyder is employed by Stone Oak Country Club as a horticulturist where she supervises seasonal crews, designs landscape beds and purchases planting material. She also works with the junior floriculture students at the Agriculture Center in Toledo in her spare time. After graduation, she plans to continue her education with a bachelor's degree in business.
Laurie Peterson, of Toledo, is a freshman at Owens Community College with a 4.0 grade point average. She received a $500 scholarship. Peterson is employed by the College as a student groundskeeper. After graduation, she would like to create computer databases to simplify landscape graphics and teach a horticulture course using the curriculum she has developed. Another of her career goals is to grow a "healing garden," using her knowledge of medicinal herbs.
Catherine Michelle Reiter, of Fremont, is a sophomore at Owens Community College with a 3.37 grade point average. She received a $1,000 scholarship. She is involved with the College's Landscape/Turfgrass Management Advisory Committee and serves as a member of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Wilderness Society. Reiter has worked for Nilsson Landscaping where she was responsible for bed maintenance, installation of trees, shrubs and flowers, pruning and rose care. She would like to open her own business following graduation.
Scholarships of $500 were awarded for FFA or first-year college students and $1,000 for upper-level college students, based on academic achievement, school involvement, extracurricular activities and interest in horticulture.