Hort student Ryan Brick receives scholarship

10710246_750091688379274_8760024719709171779_oRyan Brick, a second-year Horticulture student here at RCTC, just received a big financial boost for his education. He was awarded the Davey Arbor Grant Scholarship from Davey Tree Company, a national scholarship that is awarded to only 40 students a year.

“I consider the award an honor, and it’s a privilege to be considered deserving of this financial aid,” said Brick after accepting the scholarship.

The Davey Tree Expert Company was founded in 1880 by John Davey. From the beginning, Davey put an emphasis on education, teaching employees and clients about caring for trees as well as shrubs and landscape plants.

The Davey Foundation sponsors the Davey Arbor Grant Scholarship, which is merit-based and provides $1,000 scholarships to college students across the nation. Students must be enrolled in a 2- or 4-year program focusing on forestry, urban forestry, arboriculture, or green industry fields.

The scholarship will cover about half of Brick’s tuition for his final semester at RCTC.

“This is important to me because I am a non-traditional student and work full-time,” he said. “I have been paying all of my educational fees out of pocket with no financial aid, so this is a much-appreciated boost to my goals.”

Brick currently works in the arboriculture industry with Maier Tree and Lawn. He graduates in spring 2015 and plans to continue working for Maier.

He might work on a bachelor’s degree, “at a slower pace,” he says,” to continue my formal educational goals while maintaining a strong work ethic and work-life balance.”

Congratulations to Ryan on this awesome achievement and best of luck with his future goals and endeavors!

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