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James Martin Associates' Scholarship Programs: Our History of Cultivating New Professionals

Did you know, that over 60% of students cite financial constraints as their biggest barrier in pursuing a higher education? Scholarship programs not only alleviate this burden but also open doors to countless opportunities, empowering deserving individuals to achieve their academic dreams.

With a steadfast commitment to fostering a culture of continuous learning and development, James Martin Associates, your Chicagoland snow and landscape service provider has been a driving force behind various scholarship initiatives to assist high school and college students in pursuing a higher education in the landscape industry.

Our commitment to supporting students is our way of giving back so aspiring individuals can reach their academic and career goals without constraints. In this blog, you will learn about our history of awarded scholarships.

The Shari Dalziel Scholarship:

This scholarship supports the backbone of our company – our team. The Shari Dalziel Scholarship is named in honor of our former employee who dedicated 25 years at James Martin Associates. This scholarship extends our gratitude to our employees and their family members regardless of their chosen field of study. 

James Martin Associates introduced the Shari Dalzien Scholarship in 2017 and has since awarded $19,000 in scholarships to our employees’ deserving students.

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The James Martin Associates Scholarship - Supporting Local High School Students

At our company, we deeply value education and community involvement. Through the James Martin Associates Scholarship, we award Mundelein and Vernon Hills High School students interested in pursuing studies in Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Environmental Studies, or related fields. 

Since 2007, we have proudly granted more than 40 scholarships to students from Mundelein and Vernon Hills High School. We believe investing in education is an investment in the future of our community.

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James Martin Associates & Martin Family Scholarship - Awarded Through The NALP

As a long-standing member of The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), James Martin Associates is committed to promoting the growth of landscape industry collegiate students through sponsoring scholarships at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC), organized by NALP. 

Through this initiative, we have awarded $15,000 in scholarships to students who have showcased their skills and knowledge at NCLC’s largest competition and career fair in the landscaping industry.

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James Martin Family Scholarship - Awarded Through the ILCA

Similarly, we recognize the importance of promoting the growth of the landscape industry by sponsoring scholarships to Illinois Landscape Contractors Associates through the Illinois Landscape Charitable and Educational Organization.

We have totaled over $41,000 in scholarships to Illinois college and high school students interested in pursuing a green industry or related career path. If you want to learn more about eligibility and the application process of the ILCA-ILCECO visit their website here.ILCA Scholarship-1

James Martin Family Foundation - Benefiting the University of Illinois' Students

James Martin Associates contributes to the development of future landscape architects at the University of Illinois. Our President, Jim Martin is a graduate of the University of Illinois, and as a result, built a strong relationship with the university.

By enhancing students' knowledge through internships and initiating a scholarship that further supports the development of future landscape architects, the James Martin Family Foundation Scholarship is set to assist students that will shape our outdoor environments and green spaces of the future. 

James Martin Associates Employee Recognition Scholarship

James Martin Associates values its long-tenured employees. As part of our commitment to education, we offer the James Martin Associates Employee Recognition Scholarship. This unique scholarship allows employees to give back to their alma mater, reinforcing the company’s dedication to education at all levels.  Our employees' hard work and passion do not go unnoticed and we hope giving back to their alma maters through these scholarship programs makes them feel recognized.

In conclusion, our commitment to education and community enrichment is reflected through our scholarship programs that foster individuals' academic and professional growth. By nurturing future leaders in the landscape and horticulture industry we take pride in helping each student achieve their highest potential. We believe that investing in education and supporting the next generation of professionals is crucial for the future of the industry, and we are honored to play a small part in this important work.

If you are interested in learning more about our scholarship and internship programs at James Martin Associates visit our website here.

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Leslie Cuna

Leslie Cuna

Leslie started with James Martin Associates as a Marketing Intern in May 2022 and transitioned to a Part-Time Office Administrator role while pursuing her studies. After earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, she was promoted to Marketing and Communications Associate. Leslie's journey at James Martin Associates has been marked by growth and opportunity.