Grants & Scholarships

New England Chapter ISA Arbor Day Grant

The Arbor Day Grant was created in 2007 to support small towns and communities that needed help to build their Arbor Day Programs. This grant awards up to $1,000.00 to a town, organization or community that demonstrates need to promote and support their Arbor Day celebration.

Communities must complete and submit their Arbor Day Grant application by the deadline of March 31, 2017.

Arbor Day Grant Application

 Arbor Day Grant Past Recipients

2016 - The Voice of the Forest Alliance

The New England Chapter ISA issued the 2016 $1000 Arbor Day Grant to the Voice of the Forest Alliance Arbor Day activities. Including:

Memorial Tree Planting at the Mill Shady Lea, North Kingstown, RI

A Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) was planted in memory of Susan Dunley.

Memorial Tree Planting

RI State House Arbor Day 2016 Ceremony

State House Ceremony

Central Falls Arbor Day Celebration Community barbeque & Tree planting including Coral Bark Maple (Acer palmatum) and a Bartlett Pear (Pyrus calleryana)

Central Falls Arbor Day

Arbor Care and Training Day at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Water Park -Work Day and tree planting of a Stewartia pseudocamellia.

Arbor Care and Training Day Yawgoo Ski Area


2015 - Town of Petersham, MA

PETERSHAM CENTER SCHOOL CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY First Event of Week-Long Celebration - by Clarisse Hart PETERSHAM—The Petersham Center School has a new tree in its schoolyard, and 12 young stewards committed to helping it thrive. On Friday, April 17, to launch a week-long Arbor Day celebration, Petersham Tree Warden Melissa LeVangie and members of the Petersham Forest & Shade Tree Committee presented an Arbor Day program for the Center School 3rd grade. Students learned about the importance of trees, how to count tree rings, and which insects are a danger to trees. Together they read aloud the poem “Let’s Plant a Tree” by Aileen Fisher. With guidance, the students planted a thornless honeylocust tree near the school playground. When the tree was successfully planted and mulched, one student shouted, “We are the guardians of this tree!” The others joined in for an enthusiastic cheer: “Our tree!” Teacher Tracy Smith said of the event, "This was a very special day for my third graders that certainly will not be forgotten. I'm proud of them for working as a team and wanting to care for 'their tree' from this point on." All are encouraged to attend the family-friendly Arbor Day festival events to follow later this week. The events are free, with support from a grant by the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and a donation by Petersham resident Bill Purple. On Friday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Petersham Memorial Library, LeVangie will present “Trees 102,” a discussion of the importance of trees, tree biology, and human impacts on trees. Attendees will leave with a free tree seedling. On Saturday, April 25, on the Petersham Common, a full day of family-friendly Arbor Day activities will include tree climbing led by certified arborists, tree ID games, a tree-related relay obstacle course, an ask-an-arborist station, tree- themed snacks, and spoon-carving demonstrations. The event begins with a tree planting on the Common at 8:30 a.m.  Tree climbing and other activities will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. LeVangie says all are welcome: “April is the time of year to actively acknowledge the gifts given by trees. Come celebrate with the Petersham Forest and Shade Tree Committee, and have some fun!"

2014 - Bristol Agricultural High School

Bristol County Agricultural High School's Arboriculture department participates in Arbor Day every year.  This year our scholl celebrated Arbor Day on May 2, 2014.  We celebrated on our school's campus in Dighton, MA. For this year's event, our Arboriculture department cleaned up the area on campus that will later be used at the 2014 Bristol Aggie Tree Climbing Jamboree (our TCC) site and be utilized as a climbing lab for future generations of students to "learn the ropes".

This area needed to be reclaimed from invasive species that have been over-taking our native trees and destroying the ecosystem.  Their presence in the area hindered our capability to utilize the full species diversity provided to us on our beautiful campus for tree identification classes. The entire area had been neglected for years and is overrun by poison ivy, oriental bittersweet, and multiflora rose.  In order to have a save and effective Jamboree, we had to reclaim the area by first removing all the invasive species form both ground level and aloft in the trees.  Next we pruned the trees for health and elimination of some hazardous deadwood.

Our Arboriculture department enjoys sharing our industry with the rest of the community whenever possible.  We especially delight in sharing it with the rest of our school. Our department's Jamboree is an open event that invites the entire school to come and watch. We find that this is a great way to spread the word about what arboriculture really is.  We invite several local journalists to come, take pictures and write articles about our competition for the local newspapers. As part of the Arbor Day clean-up, we prepared a site the served as a safe place from which the spectators can watch. We removed more poison ivy, bittersweet, and rose as will as small trees and deadwood surrounding larger trees.

We used the Arbor Day Grand funds to buy apparel for the students to wear and promote Arbor Day. As previously stated, the arboriculture department enjoys sharing our industry with the community and our school. We were able to continue to raise awareness with the t-shirts. Students and strangers asked about our shirts promoting arboriculture. This lead to conversations about arboriculture: what it means, what we do, how we do it, etc.  It was simply another strategy utilized to teach others about arboriculture.

Our Arboriculture department is always looking for new and exciting ways to engage the community and spread the word about arboriculture.  We raise funds through firewood sales and we spread our funds to cover many different aspects of teaching and training. We participate in competitions outside our school as well as learn through our own Jamboree. The New England Chapter ISA Arbor Day Grant helped us continue to educate others, as well as provided our students the opportunity to continue to learn. Thank you.

2013 - Town of Lenox, MA

NEC-ISA 2013 Arbor Day GrantBy Scott Harrington – Lenox, MA Arbor Day 2013 was a huge success in Lenox, MA this year. Thanks to the $1000 grant we applied for and received from the New England Chapter ISA. We were able to hose a community tree planting ceremony at the new Roche Reading Park in the center of town. Between our raffle and donations from local businesses we raised an additional $850 for the day’s activities.

With the grant money we were able to donate 220 tree seedlings to the local Cub Scout packs, local schools and community members. We were able to distribute 200 posters from the DEC commemorating Arbor Day with our State Tree on it. We posted flyers over the entire town and raised awareness of Arbor Day in our community.We were also able to provide trees to the town that will help us fulfill our requirements to re-activate our TREE CITY USA status with the National Arbor Day foundation. Through this process, we have been able to lay the groundwork for next year’s Arbor Day Celebration and have been able to connect with the Town Village Improvement Committee which has been very supportive and instrumental in making all of this happen.

New England Chapter ISA Student Scholarships

Since 1990, the New England Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture has awarded scholarships to students pursuing an education in fields of study dedicated to arboriculture, urban forestry, and related fields. The purpose of the awards is threefold: to help promote interest in shade and ornamental trees, to recognize scholarly endeavors, and to assist in financial aid. Each year, the New England Chapter grants two scholarship awards of $1,500. Each recipient will receive $1,500 toward their educational expenses.  The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is April 1st.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Past Winners

Year Recipient School
2016 Tyler Ames University of Massachusetts
2016 Nicolas Turnberg Stockbridge School, UMass
2015 Nicolette Eicholtz Stockbridge School, UMass
2015 Anna Wilkie Stockbridge School, UMass
2014 Mark Reiland University of Massachusetts
2014 Kelly Allen University of Massachusetts
2013 Todd Beals University of Massachusetts
2013 Casey Clapp University of Massachusetts
2012 Todd Beals University of Massachusetts
2012 Nicole Forsyth University of Massachusetts

Shigo Student Support Fund

In October, 2004 at the Annual Conference in Manchester, NH, Dr. Alex Shigo, Tim Walsh, Mary Reynolds, and Richard Herfurth brainstormed an exciting initiative called the Shigo Student Support Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide grants to students endeavoring to deepen their knowledge of arboriculture through participation in trainings, conferences, workshops, and other events. Funds, up to $250 per request, may be used for resource materials, registration fees, transportation and lodging.  The funds will help provide more educational opportunities for students involved in the tree industry.

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