Minnesota Shade Tree Mark Stennes Scholarship

Minnehaha Falls in Summer
Portrait of Mark Stennes

In 2015 The Shade Tree Short Course (STSC) Steering Committee recognized Mark Stennes for his contributions to the green industry; by creating a scholarship in his name. The STSC Steering Committee recognizes his life and passion by celebrating and honoring similar and like-minded people in the community of arboriculture. 

Mark Stennes was highly regarded in arboriculture and the green industry, and his impacts go well beyond Minnesota where he called home. As a highly passionate volunteer and mentor, Mark was extremely noteworthy for all the hard work he put into the Shade Tree Short Course. His leadership and passion for tree research, education, and support for those in the green industry are qualities that the STSC Steering Committee would like to acknowledge in other people. The STSC Steering Committee is committed to the legacy of Mark Stennes’s career and considers it a defining benchmark for others in the green industry. We also believe the magnitude of honoring those exceptional individuals and their accomplishments can only be done in Mark’s name.

Mark’s broad knowledge of biology—specifically pathology—led him into a long career where he was known for his vehement support of elms. One of his greatest accomplishments in the support of elms was his talent for observation and analysis. Mark recognized the value of elms in the upper Midwest where he discovered the St. Croix elm. To put it in his terms: the St. Croix elm is a tree that survived many “crown fires” (Dutch elm disease) in the St. Croix valley. Mark recognized the importance of this elm and with the help, support, and resources of the U of M, the St. Croix elm is now available nationwide.

Although Mark was good with trees, that really wasn’t the pinnacle of his career. Mark had a rare talent to communicate his passion for trees to other people. His words were his arsenal for sharing in his: passion, experiences, and knowledge.  Mark inspired many people to do more in the field of arboriculture and took pride in the successes of those people. Mark was truly a person you could count on and look up to and, for all these reasons, the STSC Steering Committee has developed the Mark Stennes Scholarship Award.

Stennes Scholarship Criteria

Consideration for the Stennes Scholarship must include an extended history of contributing to and promoting community forestry and arboriculture by means of professional and personal ethics as it may relate to: research, volunteering and mentorship, or achievements in arboriculture.


To Submit a Nomination

Prepare a statement of up to 500 words responding to each of the following.

  • Describe the nominee’s accomplishments contributing to the betterment of arboriculture or urban forestry either within or beyond the nominee’s organization.
  • Describe how the nominee has contributed to the success of the people working with and around him or her through collaboration, leadership, or mentoring.

You must include the following details for both the applicant and nominee: first and last name, organization, email address, and phone number. 


Deadline: All submissions must be received by February 8, 2022.

This scholarship includes recognition at the STSC speaker’s dinner, free admission to the Shade Tree Short Course, and a plaque acknowledging the recipient's contribution to community forestry.