College Scholarships (LEAF)

Since 1972, the California Landscape Contractors Association Auxiliary  has offered scholarships to college and university students majoring in landscape related programs. In 1988, the Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF) was formed to carry on the tradition of awarding financial aid to deserving students. Read more here.


Supporting LEAF

Education is the key to your industry’s future! Through LEAF you can help foster this growth. Send your tax-deductible donation to invest in a dream by providing for your future as well as theirs! Contact Sandra Giarde at CLCA, (916) 830-2780.

Contributions allow scholarships to grow and help give students the assistance needed to achieve their educational goals. View the current fund report. You can also contribute to LEAF via your will through the LEAF Legacy program.


LEAF Scholarship Application

LEAF invites all students attending an accredited California community college or state university majoring in a landscape-related program and taking a minimum of six units to apply for a LEAF scholarship.

The deadline to apply for 2019 scholarships has passed. If you would like to be notified when the 2020 scholarship application is posted, please click here.

LEAF Trustees


Mary Cohen

The Celtis Group

(408) 981-2955


Wendy Emeterio

Specialized Landscape Management

(805) 520-7590


Ellin Chariton

Auxiliary Life Member

(714) 504-0955

Scholarship Selection Chair

Marianne Estournes

Gardenworks, Inc.

(707) 591-4320

CLCA Representative

Lebo Newman

Signature Landscapes

(775) 857-4333

CLCA Representative

Jon Singley

Blue Spruce Landscape

(408) 559-8800

Associate Member Representative

Chris McNairy

Hunter Industries

(707) 933-0488