Horticulture major Erik Bruhjell was awarded for his sustained academic excellence in the study of arboriculture.
CLEMSON, SC — Clemson University horticulture major Erik Bruhjell recently was named a 2013 Bartlett Tree Foundation scholar for his sustained academic excellence in the study of arboriculture. Bruhjell, a senior from Anderson, received one of 23 scholarships from the Foundation.
“I am excited to receive a Bartlett Tree Foundation scholarship on behalf of Clemson University,” says Bruhjell. “Not only will the scholarship help me purchase much needed materials, but it is an honor to receive recognition from one of the leading scientific tree care organizations in the world.”
In addition to his studies, Bruhjell helps care for the Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden located on McGinty Mall. He works part-time for Treesouth, a family-owned tree service in Seneca, and will begin employment with Natural Directions LLC in Summerville after graduation in May. Bruhjell is also in his fourth year as an equipment manager for the Clemson Tigers football team.
“Erik’s hard work and discipline in the study of arboriculture make him an ideal recipient of a scholarship from the Bartlett Tree Foundation,” says Robert Polomski, Extension horticulturist and certified arborist in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences. “We are thrilled to be working with an organization that is so dedicated to the future of the arboricultural and horticultural industries.”
The Bartlett Tree Foundation, a private foundation funded by tree and shrub care-provider Bartlett Tree Experts, awards scholarships each year in support of students pursuing arboricultural courses of study. Scholarship winners are chosen based on their academic excellence, character and dedication in the pursuit of degrees in arboriculture, forestry, urban forestry, horticulture, plant pathology, botany or closely related disciplines.
“I can’t think of a better way to support the arboricultural industry than to assist students like Erik in realizing their goal of earning their degree in a field that will lead to future careers as caretakers of our nation’s plants and forests,” says Robert Bartlett Jr., chairman of Bartlett Tree Experts and a Bartlett Tree Foundation Board member.