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                                       By Roberta Turgeon

All four 2018 Federated Scholarship recipients attended our Annual Meeting at the Edina Country Club on Saturday, April 21 to receive their awards. Eric Coffman and Heide See each received a $2,000 College award. Kelli Hough and Aubrey Tyler each received a $4,000 University award.  

Eric Coffman will graduate this spring from Hennepin Technical College with a 4.0 grade point average.  Last fall he was elected Public Relations Coordinator for Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park Student Senate.  He is working at the Tanglewood Gardens and hopes his next step involves developing an associate designer position.   His Instructor's letters of recommendation remarks about him were "Eric is an astute student with a hands-on approach to education. He's an exemplary student and many students seek him out for his advice on class work."

Heide See is a student at Anoka Technical College where her major is Landscape Technology with a minor in Grounds Technology. Her career plans are in Greenhouse Management and/or Owner.  During her years at ATC she has been on the Dean's list, Faculty Honor Roll and is current President of the Anoka Technical Turf Club. Her Instructors say she is "very self-motivated" and "has a passion for Native Plants." Heide is working at Prairie Restoration, Inc. She is really excited learning how to germinate and propagate Native Plants from collected seeds.

Aubrey Tyler is a Graduate Student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. She will graduate with a Masters in Landscape Architecture with career plans in a Design Firm. After graduating from St. Olaf with a Bachelors of Art Degree she worked with AmeriCorps for a year serving people in need. This experience led her to looking to the future and changing her goals.  One of her Professors said "Aubrey is very talented and possesses strong analytical and critical thinking skills."

Kelli Hough attends the University of Wisconsin River Falls where she's looking to receive a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture in 2019.  Her occupational goals include landscape design and greenhouse management.  She has worked five summers with the Edina Park System where she enjoyed "maintenance of the city gardens." Her letters of recommendation spoke of her willingness to get her hands dirty and to do any job she's assigned.  "She loves working with plants and is very dedicated."

It was wonderful to have our recipients with us to celebrate their receiving our awards and hearing them tell us their dreams and goals.  We can be very happy with the aide we give our winners. The students are thankful to the Federated for the Scholarship Fund.

Submitted by Roberta Turgeon

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