She was one of five honorees from technical or two-year colleges
across the country.
In announcing the scholarship, Proven Winners quoted Ms.
Hernández as saying she wanted “to be
a voice for the future ‘green thumbs’ of the industry and an
exemplary leader for Hispanics who wish to pursue a career.”
“Both of these goals go hand in hand in helping grow the industry
as a whole,” Ms. Hernández said. “I see a great change and
outlook if we can grow from the inside out and invest in those
investing their lives in the industry.”
Ms. Hernández, of Cleveland, is set to graduate in the fall with
an Associate of Applied Science degree and two professional
certificates. She was part of a Tri-C team that placed third
overall at this year’s National Collegiate Landscape
The straight-A student has also received scholarships from the
Irrigation Foundation, the Ohio Landscape Association, the Ohio
Nursery and Landscape Association, STIHL and the Tree Research
and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund.