STIHL Student Scholarship

Stihl sponsored students to attend the first-ever TCI Virtual Summit. The Stihl scholarship was available to college students enrolled in arboriculture or related program. These students were able to experience all the features our Summit had to offer absolutely free!

Mark Chisholm
and TCI Virtual Summit ’21

Registered students, be sure to check out Mark Chisholm’s on-demand session at TCI Virtual Summit!

Mark offered some pathways to starting, and elevating, your arboricultural profession in a number of different industry sectors. You will be able to learn about many common job-types, such as ground operators, tree climbers, PHC technicians, equipment operators, crane crew options as well as municipal and arboretum research openings.

Students were able to attend this entire event for free thanks to the STIHL Student Scholarship!

Mark is a third-generation, certified arborist with his family-owned Aspen Tree Expert Company in New Jersey. His expertise in tree care has made him a sought-after consultant and industry spokesperson for the world of arboriculture, and he regularly travels the globe to consult with international arborist associations and conducts educational sessions nationwide on behalf of STIHL Inc. Mark has recently appeared on the TCIA Podcast and you can check out his episode on November 9!

Additionally, he has won the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) New Jersey Chapter Tree Climbing Championship 21 of the last 22 years and won the ISA International Tree Climbing Championship in 1997, 2001 and, again, in 2010. Mark currently holds the world record in the 50-foot secured footlock climbing event, with a time of 13.8 seconds.

He has been an attendee, a supporter, and a speaker at many TCIA events including TCI EXPO!

For more information on Mark Chisholm and tree care, visit, or

Gear Up Powered by STIHL

Gearing up for success just got easier.

Many college programs don’t have the funds to purchase materials imperative to proper training.

Gear up is a program created by the TCIAF as well as STIHL to provide FIVE colleges with $5,000 to be used towards the purchase of new STIHL equipment. We will be unveiling our Gear Up 2020 winners soon! Keep checking back on this page for the latest updates on Gear Up!

Gear Up Photo

Want to learn more about Gear Up? Listen to the firsthand experience from one of our Gear Up 2019 winners Tracey Takeuchi on the TCIA Podcast!

Thank You STIHL

STIHL has been an incredible partner for TCIA and TCIAF to have. STIHL and TCIA have been working hard on making opportunities available for students to increase their education and interest in the world of arboriculture. To learn more about STIHL visit their website here.


A Brand New Event!

A Brand New Event!



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