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PLANT WNY Foundation

Memorial Donations

Please make your donation payable to PLANT WNY Foundation and mail to:

PLANT WNY Foundation
PO Box 712
East Amherst, NY  14051

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WNY Nurserymen's Association Foundation DBA PLANT WNY Foundation

WNY Nurserymen's Association Foundation
DBA PLANT WNY Foundation
Board of Directors/Term Expiration

President - Teresa Buchanan, CNLP, Term 2024
Treasurer/Secretary - Matt Dore, Term 2026

Trustee - Ed Dore,  Lifetime CNLP, Term 2023
Trustee - Kim Schichtel, CNLP, Term 2025
Trustee - Phil Tripi, Term 2027

Download the WNYS Nurseryman's Foundation Association By-Laws: western new york nurserymen foundation by-laws.pdf


Congratulations Spring 2023 Scholarship Recipient

Meredith Preve

Meredith was awarded The Mary Schichtel Memorial Scholarship.  Meredith is majoring in environmental studies at Niagara County Community College.  She is planning on dedicating her future to the improvement and betterment of the environment and horticulture fields in WNY and is very appreciative of the scholarship.  She wants the Foundation to know she “won’t let you down!”
Meredith is a greenhouse retail manager with member firm Lavocat’s Family Greenhouse & Nursery where she has exuded great knowledge of houseplants, natives, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs.  Meredith also does public speaking for garden clubs.  Meredith  is the president of the newly reinstated Outdoor Activities Club on campus and one of the club’s first objectives is to instate a composting program at the college.  In addition, Meredith volunteers for Niagara County Master Gardener and is a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for The Blind.

The George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Memorial Scholarship, The Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship, The Mary Schichtel Memorial Scholarship and the WNY State Nurserymen’s Association Foundation Scholarship - download the application here...

Google document fillable version: Google Document Foundation Scholarship

Fillable Word version here: Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Scholarship Application

The George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Scholarship is named after garden industry leaders through the 1950’s and 1960’s. Together George and Kenneth started Buffalo Garden Supply in 1953 and operated very successfully until they sold it and retired in 1965. Kenneth Isaac was the first Man of the Year recipient of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association.. George O. Adam’s family continues to support the scholarship fund each year in memory of George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac.

The Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship is named after Fred Howarth, a very active member of Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association. Fred was a president of the Association (1968), recipient of the Man of the Year Award (1975), and one of the founders of the WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation. Fred was former owner and president of Menne Nursery

 The Mary Schichtel Memorial Scholarship is named after Mary Schichtel.  Mary Schichtel was the backbone of Schichtel's Nursery throughout her lifetime. The very busy mother of seven left a lasting impression on everyone she met and was able to establish and maintain countless relationships thanks to the nursery industry. The path Mary and her husband, George Schichtel, paved in the nursery industry has been carried on through many of their children and their grandchildren. The Schichtel families are honored to have Mary's legacy continue to carry on with this scholarship.

Toby Martino Memorial Scholarship (for high school seniors only)  Download the application here...

Google document fillable version:    Google Document Toby Martino Scholarship

Fillable Word version here: Toby Martino Memorial Scholarship Word Version

The Toby Martino Memorial Scholarship is given to a student who has a passion for horticulture and leadership skills just as Mr. Martino had. Mr. Martino taught horticulture at McKinley High School from 1935-1971 and wrote a weekly column in the Buffalo News. The scholarship is available to a high school senior who will be furthering their education in horticulture or a related field.

Objectives - Assist through scholarships, the education of persons permanently residing within the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association (Region 6) boundaries, who are likely to pursue careers in the Nursery/Landscape Industry.

Policies - The number and amount of scholarship awards will be determined annually by the Board of Directors from budgeted funds made available via income from investments. Scholarships shall be awarded to the most deserving students who best meet the eligibility criteria and who are enrolled in a horticultural related program at an accredited college.
No one Institution is guaranteed a scholarship. Applications for scholarship grants must be submitted to, and final selection will be made by the Western New York Nurserymen's Association Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.

Eligibility Criteria - Though not requirements, the following guidelines will be considered for students seeking scholarship eligibility:

  1. Enrollment in a horticultural related program at the accredited college
    2. Academic excellence
    3. Recommendation from a member firm
    4. Having worked in a nursery/landscape related industry, preferably with our Region
    5. Financial need
    6. Professor recommendation
    7. Extracurricular activities in school and community
    8. Essay written on application as to importance of his/her scholarship toward attaining future goals
    9. Show a positive desire to work in Region 6

Scholarship Award - Awards shall be Non-discriminatory with respect to race, color, sex, religion, age, or national origin.

Funds shall be awarded only after the recipient has been verified to be enrolled at the accredited institution. The funds shall be dispersed directly to the institution's Bursar's Office for credit against the recipient's tuition. Eligible students may receive a maximum of two WNYSNLA Foundation Scholarships during their college career.

Procedures - In January of each year, the Trustees shall define the number and amount of scholarship grants to be offered.

Participating Institutions, membership and interested candidates will be provided by mid-January with information packets, application  and scholarship availability.

All applications shall be submitted to the committee (Foundation Trustees) by June 21 (for fall 2023 semester) or November 22  (for spring 2023 semester). The process of selection will be administered by the Foundation Trustees in compliance with previously set policies. If a member of the Foundation is related to or noted on the application as a provider, employer, instructor, reference, or for any reason may feel that they may not be able to render an unbiased decision, they will remove themselves from the selection process for that individual(s) or as long as necessary. Participating institutions and the membership shall be notified of available scholarship grants to be awarded in August.

Scholarship grants shall be credited against the recipient's tuition in accordance of the institution's Bursar's Office requirements but no later than the end of the calendar year.