LEAF Supports Future of California’s Green Industry


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. MORE >>.

In 2021, LEAF’s scholarship selection committee reviewed 16 scholarship applications. Their selection criteria included career goals, outside activities, work experience, financial need, letters of recommendation and GPA in their major. Eight students received scholarships totaling $43,850. The scholarships ranged from $750 to $12,000. MORE >>.


LEAF Scholarship Selection Chair Marianne Estournes re-unites with LEAF scholarship recipient Hallie Schmidt during CLCA's 2019 Annual Convention. Hallie is now the owner and chief designer of Tierra Madre.

LEAF Scholarship Selection Chair Marianne Estournes re-unites with LEAF scholarship recipient Hallie Schmidt during CLCA’s 2019 Annual Convention. Hallie is now the owner and chief designer of Tierra Madre.

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.

Or, mail donations to:
California Landscape Contractors Association
ATTN: LEAF Scholarships
1491 River Park Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815

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.

2022 Scholarships

Applications for 2022 scholarships will be available in mid-January, 2022, and will be awarded in the summer for the Fall of 2022 term. The application deadline will be April 15, 2022.

LEAF Trustees

Chair

Mary Cohen
The Celtis Group
(408) 981-2955

Treasurer

Wendy Emeterio
Specialized Landscape Management
(805) 520-7590

Secretary

Ellin Chariton
Auxiliary Life Member
(714) 504-0955

Scholarship Selection Chair

Marianne Estournes
Gardenworks, Inc.
(707) 591-4320

CLCA Representative

Lebo Newman
(775) 857-4333

CLCA Representative

Jon Singley
Blue Spruce Landscape
(408) 559-8800

Associate Member Representative

Chris McNairy
Hunter Industries
(707) 933-0488