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New Mexico Landscape Company Debuts Scholarship Program
Help Encourage the Pursuit of Education

Larry Shield


The employees of Heads Up Landscape Contractors has has more than 20 children attending college. It set up a scholarship program to help out those students.

Heads Up Landscape Contractors, based in Albuquerque, N.M., debuted a scholarship program to support the higher-education goals of the children of its employees. The program, with rolling application deadlines, will award between $250 and $500 to use for books and course fees, with higher amounts offered for horticultural related studies.

"This new program is a way to help encourage the pursuit of education, which is a high priority for us at Heads Up," said Eddie Padilla, executive vice president. "Our goal is to help reduce some of that burden for the children of our employees, and create value for the employees at the same time."

Heads Up surveyed employees to determine whether they had high school and college age children. The results were surprising, with more than 20 children attending college as of late 2015.

A committee of employees will review applications, which will be available online and in paper versions and in both English and Spanish. Applicants must write an essay and provide proof of at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Students must have a parent or legal guardian who is an active employee of Heads Up, and may reapply each semester to continue the award.

Heads Up Landscape Contractors was founded in 1973 by Gary Mallory as a two-man residential lawn sprinkler service. Forty-three years later, the company designs, installs and maintains some of New Mexico's top commercial and residential landscapes. It's a leader in the xeriscape industry, as one of the top 100 landscaping companies in the country. For more information visit

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