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Scholarship Available for Natural Resources Studies

Here is a good opportunity for students looking to pursue a natural resource or horticulture field in college. Arborjet will be awarding up to ten $1000 awards. The deadline is coming up soon, so hurry if you’re interested.

Visit Arborjet’s website for more details. A summary is listed below:

 

Arborjet has established its Taking Root Scholarship Program to encourage and enable bright and promising young students to fulfill their dreams of entering careers in the arboriculture industry. photo of graduatesScholarships are offered for students looking to pursue full-time studies in Forestry, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Entomology, Environmental Science or a related major at an accredited two- or four-year college or university of the student’s choice.

 

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

Postmark Deadline: June 30, 2017

Program Guidelines

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Eligibility

Applicants to the Arborjet Taking Root Scholarship Program must –

  • Be citizens or legal residents of the United States.
  • Be high school seniors.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire 2017-18 academic year.
  • Plan to pursue a forestry course of study or related major (e.g., Forestry, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Entomology, Environmental Science or other related major).

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $1,000 award. Up to ten (10) awards will be granted. Awards are not renewable.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Application

Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with a current, complete transcript of grades to Scholarship America postmarked no later than June 30, 2017. Grade reports are not acceptable. Online transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken. Applicants will receive email acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment email is not received within three weeks, applicants may contact Scholarship America to verify that the application has been received.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America.

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Celebrate Arbor Day With Us!

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Contact Information

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5

Email: miarborday@gmail.com

Website: www.miarbordayalliance.org

Sent: 4-21-17

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-17-17

Students Celebrate Trees at Potter Park

MICHIGAN – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) invites you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day. On Friday, April 28, 2017 MADA will be hosting the State Arbor Day Celebration for approximately 1,000 second and third grade mid-Michigan students at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. Volunteers from local organizations and agencies will spend the day teaching students about outdoor topics like trees, invasive species, water, and wildlife. This is also the day the official State Arbor Day Tree will be planted, with one lucky class getting to assist.

“Arbor Day is a day set aside for the trees. Trees help clean our air and water, reduce flooding, keep banks of rivers and streams from eroding, save us energy by shading buildings, improve our mental and physical health, the list goes on. They deserve at least one day all to themselves,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell. “After all, where would we be without trees?”

MADA encourages you to celebrate Arbor Day in your own way by planting a tree, volunteering at a local park or nature center, recycling, using reusable grocery bags, reading a nature-themed book, visiting a local park, or participating in a community clean-up effort. Several Michigan communities are also hosting their own Arbor Day Celebrations.  Find an event in your area on our website, http://www.miarbordayalliance.org and check out the Community Calendar.

The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.  J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer and journalist championed the idea of a “tree planting” holiday in the Nebraska Territory. In 1885, the Michigan Legislature resolved “that the Governor is hereby requested to call the attention of the people of the state to the importance of planting trees for ornament and by naming a day upon which the work shall be given special attention to be known as Arbor Day.” Each year the Governor and Michigan Legislature proclaim the last week in April as Arbor Week and Arbor Day as the last Friday of that week.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and is made possible through a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

And The Winners Are…

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information:

Jennifer Hunnell

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5

Email: miarborday@gmail.com

Website: http://www.miarbordayalliance.org

Sent: 4-7-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-10-17

 

Michigan Students Show Us Why

“We All Need Trees”

CHARLOTTE, MI – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest! This was the contest’s first year. Seventy-two students participated, creating original artwork displaying the theme “We All Need Trees.” Votes for the 7 posters submitted for judging were collected from a ballot box display at the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union headquarters in East Lansing and through a photo album on MADA’s Facebook page. There were a lot of fantastic entries this year and we had a lot of great voting participation.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded. Each winner will receive a gift certificate to Acorn Naturalists (www.acornnaturalists.com) and a tree planting for their school. In addition, the winning student’s teacher will receive a gift card to help pay for classroom supplies. The 2017 winners are:

  • First Place: Lillian T. from Howell
  • Second Place: Kali G. from St. Johns
  • Third Place: Madeline V. from Novi

The MADA 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest is similar to one previously coordinated by the national Arbor Day Foundation, which MADA participated in until its cancellation in 2011. MADA has gone through several program changes since, seeking the best fit for our Michigan students. It was decided by the MADA State Committee to bring the poster contest back. We hope to see participation in this contest grow in future years and look forward to what lies ahead.

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance would like to thank everyone who participated, including the sponsors: ITC Michigan, Lansing Board of Water and Light, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan. Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being. MADA is made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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First Place Winner, Lillian T. from Howell, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Second Place Winner, Kali G. from St. Johns, MI

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Third Place Winner, Madeline V. from Novi, MI

 

ITC Supports the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

ITC Supports the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance & ITC working together to make Michigan greener

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Mar. 21, 2017 – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is proud to announce that ITC Michigan has contributed $10,000 to support the State Arbor Day Celebration and MADA’s educational programs.

“MADA is excited to partner once again with ITC. They have been fantastic to work with and their passion and support for education and outreach has helped us make our programs what they are today,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

Each year, MADA hosts the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing. The official celebration for the state of Michigan will be held on April 28th 2017 at the Potter Park Zoo.  This event invites 1,100 second and third graders from all around mid-Michigan to attend a day of outdoor fun and education. Students learn about water, soil, trees, and wildlife from a team of dedicated volunteers. Each student also leaves with their very own tree seedling which they can plant at home, taking a little piece of Arbor Day with them.

“ITC actively supports key educational and environmental programs across the state, including the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance,” said Luba Sitar, ITC Manager of Customer Relations and Community Education. “We are proud to contribute to positive change throughout the region through public and private partnerships, especially those that engage youth and support environmental stewardship.”

In addition to the State Arbor Day Celebration, MADA rolled out their 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. The donation from ITC helped get this program off the ground. This was an opportunity for Michigan students to express their creativity and learn about trees at the same time. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded, including a tree planting for the winning schools. This year, 72 students participated, a great start to a new program!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District and made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

 

ABOUT ITC MICHIGAN

In Michigan, operating entities ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) serve most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. ITC’s focus on transmission and grid expansion drives operational excellence and delivers superior value for customers, communities and other stakeholders.

About ITCTransmission

International Transmission Company (d/b/a ITCTransmission) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITCTransmission owns, operates and maintains approximately 3,100 circuit miles of transmission lines in southeast Michigan.

About Michigan Electric Transmission Company (METC)

Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, METC owns, operates and maintains approximately 5,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Lansing Board of Water & Light Supports Trees

PRESS RELEASE

 Contact Information:

Jennifer Hunnell                                                                      Phone: (517) 543-1512 x 5

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                                               Email: miarborday@gmail.com

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3, Charlotte, MI  48813         Website: miarbordayalliance.org

Sent: 3-16-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 3-16-17

Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

 Charlotte, MI –  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is happy to announce that the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) has contributed $6,000 to support the State Arbor Day Celebration and MADA outreach programs.

“MADA is excited to partner once again with the Board of Water and Light. They have been a great partner for several years and we are looking forward to their contribution helping this program continue to grow,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

Each year, MADA hosts the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing. The official celebration for the state of Michigan, this event invites 1,100 second and third graders from all around mid-Michigan to attend a day of outdoor fun and education. Students learn about water, soil, trees, and wildlife from a team of dedicated volunteers. Each student also leaves with their very own tree seedling which they can plant at home, taking a little piece of Arbor Day with them.

This is what BWL had to say about the program: “We are proud to be part of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Team. The BWL recognizes the value of supporting a program that emphasizes the benefits of a community outreach that encourages youth participation. It is important that we continue to educate our kids to understand the vital role trees play in our communities.” Lynn McKinstry, Manager, Electric System Operations for the BWL.

In addition to the State Arbor Day Celebration, MADA rolled out their 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. The donation from BWL helped get this program off the ground. This was an opportunity for Michigan students to express their creativity and learn about trees at the same time. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded, including a tree planting for the winning schools. This year, 72 students participated, a great start to a new program!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District and made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.