A Kansas State University student with aspirations to enter the landscape industry in the marketing field has been named the winner of GIE Media’s Horticultural Scholarship. Lawn & Landscape selected Mary Carr as the winner of the annual Richard Foster Award, which recognizes outstanding students planning careers in the landscape, lawn care or horticulture business.
Carr is entering her sophomore year at Kansas State University, where she currently has a 3.4 GPA, and recently just completed an internship in the sales department for BrightView at the company’s Woodlands branch in Houston.
She hails from Hampshire, Illinois, and became interested in gardening after working in a vegetable garden with her great grandfather.
That grew into editing a gardening column for a local newspaper, developing Power Point presentations for local garden clubs and being interviewed on the gardening radio show “How Does Your Garden Grow?”
Carr was chosen over the sea of worthy applicants due to her desire to combine her marketing degree with her interest in the green industry. “Many of those outside the green industry don’t understand the benefits of a professionally managed landscape,” says Brian Horn, editor of Lawn & landscape. “Through her work editing a gardening column for a local newspaper, as a guest on radio shows and her activity on social media, I know Mary will use the scholarship money to help continue her efforts as an advocate for landscaping, spreading the message of all the good this industry does.”
As Carr furthers her education at Kansas State, she also wants to continue to voice the many positives of using professional landscapers and a career in the industry.
“I want to use the skills I develop as a marketing student to promote the field of horticulture and the tremendous benefits of gardening to every man, woman and child in the United States,” Carr says.
To be eligible for the $2,500 scholarship, students must be enrolled at a recognized two-or four-year college or university working toward a degree in horticulture, environmental science or other field related to a segment of the green industry.