Freshman Joshua Gula is one of 45 students nationwide to be recognized with a Davey Tree Scholarship.
The Davey Tree Expert Company, whose corporate headquarters are in Kent, Ohio, provides residential and commercial tree and landscape service throughout North America.
Mark D. Noark, recruiter and coordinator at Davey Tree, surprised Gula in his Introduction to Music Technology course on Dec. 12 to tell him the news. Gula, of Mantua, intends to major in environmental studies, and has been working for Davey Tree since May.
His work at Davey Tree started out as a summer internship, but was extended through the fall, and now through the spring. He works in the institute branch, doing contract research, field projects and lab work.
“I’ve always been an outdoors person,” Gula said, adding that his work at Davey Tree is in line with his career goals. “I never want to be sitting in an office for the rest of my life; I want to be out there doing something.”
As he progresses through his studies, Gula hopes to get involved in outdoor education and sustainability initiatives at Hiram College, through the James H. Barrow Field Station and the TREE House (Teaching, Research, and Environmental Engagement).
He is pleased he is being recognized at a national level in this early stage of his academic career.
“It feels like they have a lot of faith in me,” Gula said. “I’m really appreciative of that. It’s not misplaced.”