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John Wright Memorial Scholarship Program

Please review the following information before proceeding to the online application.


The John Wright Memorial Scholarship Program funds one student scholarship per year. This scholarship was established at the TREE Fund by Wright Tree Service in honor and memory of its founder, John L. Wright, and his son, John R. Wright. The purpose of this one-year scholarship is to support the arboriculture industry by helping college students interested in commercial arboriculture achieve high academic goals without accumulating burdensome debt.


Applicants must be high school seniors entering college or community college, or returning college students seeking a first bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree while attending an accredited US college or university. All applicants must plan to enter the commercial arboriculture industry. Consideration will be given for honorably discharged veterans and present members of the United States Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard.


One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded annually. The award is non-renewable, but can be applied for annually. All awards will be paid directly to the educational institution attended by the recipient in two equal payments. Mid-year proof of enrollment and a minimum 3.0 GPA is required prior to the second payment.


All of the following criteria must be met to qualify:

  • Pursuing a career in the commercial arboriculture industry
  • Entering or returning student at an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States
  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • United States citizen
  • Employed at least part-time



Application Process

Applications are due May 15 and will only be accepted through the online application form.


You will need the following to complete the online application:

  • Educational standing and enrollment status
  • History of scholarships and extracurricular activities
  • Essay describing your reasons for pursuing your chosen career, your goals and objectives, and why you should be chosen for this scholarship (maximum 1000 words)
  • Current transcript
  • Proof of United States citizenship
  • Proof of employment
  • Three letters of recommendation or contact information for people who will provide them (one must be from your academic advisor)



Criteria for Selection

Recommendations on scholarship awards will be presented to the TREE Fund Board of Trustees for final approval at or before the Summer Board Meeting and will be announced within 30 days of their decision.


Applications will be scored on the following scale:

  • GPA (0-20)
  • Essay (0-30)
  • 1st letter of recommendation (0-10)
  • 2nd letter of recommendation (0-10)
  • Advisor letter of recommendation (0-20)
  • Potential for continuing in arboriculture or urban forestry (0-10)
  • Active or honorably discharged member of the United States Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard (0-10)


The TREE Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national or ethnic origin. Current trustees of the TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such trustee are ineligible to receive scholarships from the TREE Fund.



Reporting Requirements and Funds Distribution

Recipients will be notified within 30 days of the Board’s award decision. The award letter will include instructions on submitting acceptance information for the scholarship award. The recipient will also be asked to upload a brief biography and a photo for use in TREE Fund and industry publications.


Upon the TREE Fund’s receipt of the acceptance information, the first installment (50% of the award amount) will be sent to the recipient’s institution. A 2nd term verification of enrollment and GPA is due to the TREE Fund midway through the school year, after which the second installment (50% of the award amount) will be sent.


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The Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship was tremendously helpful, enabling me to focus on my studies in Landscape Horticulture at Ohio State. Now I am enjoying success at Madison Tree Care & Landscaping, Inc. I feel extremely fortunate to have been awarded this scholarship and to be in such an important industry for our world. Thank you TREE Fund!

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