Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care Donates $25,000 to Support College Scholarships in Horticulture Studies

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Ryan Larscheid, a senior majoring in Environmental Horticulture at Colorado State University, received the 2012 Swingle / Tom Tolkacz Family Scholarship.

We hope our contributions to this program keep green industry talent here in Colorado.

Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care, a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the nation’s lawn and landscape association, has recently committed $25,000 to the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) making it the newest PLANET AEF Ambassador company.

Each year, PLANET AEF awards scholarships to students who are enrolled in landscape contracting and horticulture programs at two-year and four-year colleges and universities across the nation.

The Swingle / Tom Tolkacz Family Scholarship for 2012 was awarded to Ryan James Larscheid, a senior majoring in Environmental Horticulture at Colorado State University. Ryan has done extensive volunteer work in the community and at CSU and, upon graduation, hopes to be a leader in the Colorado Green Industry. He was described in his scholarship application packet as being a “hard worker: committed, smart, and respectful.” Ryan’s GPA is 3.88. The individual scholarship awarded this year to Ryan was $1,000.00.

“Nurturing potential in our industry is a rising tide that lifts all boats,” said Tom Tolkacz, CEO of Swingle, “and we hope our contributions to this program keep green industry talent here in Colorado. Our relationship with Fort Collins and northern Colorado is very important so we’re especially excited that a CSU student is on our scholarship.”

About Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care
Founded in 1947, Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care has grown to be one of the most respected residential and commercial landscape care companies in Colorado, providing lawn care, tree care and award-winning holiday lighting displays for homes and businesses. For more information, please contact Vince Serio at (303) 337-6200 or visit http://www.MySwingle.com.

About PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation
PLANET AEF was formed in 1998 to promote and advance the lawn care and landscape services industry by supporting academic excellence. To fulfill its mission, the Foundation relies on tax-deductible donations and long-term pledges from individuals, corporations, organizations, and estates. Since its inception in 1998, the PLANET AEF, formerly the ALCA Educational Foundation has given $670,000 in scholarships and awards to 648 students. The Foundation’s assets total more than $2 million. For more information about the PLANET AEF scholarship fund, call 800-395-2522 or visit LandcareNetwork.org.

About PLANET
PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With more than 3,800 members, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.

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