ACWORTH, Ga. – The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship fund, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), announced names of the 12 students from seven southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. Five of the awards are named scholarships honoring past industry leaders. The $1,500 awards, totaling $18,000, has been presented to the following scholars:
- Ruqayah Hamida Bhuiyan, University of Georgia - Arthur A. "Buck" Jones Scholarship
- Crystal Jones Conner, University of Florida
- Michael John Del Valle, Jr., University of Georgia - Robert L. VanLandingham Scholarship
- Bethany Allison Harris, University of Georgia
- Susan M. Hawkins, University of Georgia
- Kaylee Elizabeth Ites, Texas A&M University - Lee C. Howell Scholarship
- Shea Alexandria Keene, University of Florida
- Isaac Barak Luhrs, University of Tennessee
- Juan Moscoso, University of Arkansas - Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship
- Ariana Rhiannon Newton, West Virginia University
- Raymond Odeh, University of Florida
- James Turner Smith, North Carolina State University - Art & Mille Lancaster Scholarship
SNA selects scholarship recipients through a competitive application process, administered by a selection committee, based on academics, determination, demonstrated interest in the horticulture industry and financial need. Of the 12 winners this year, six are graduate students and six are undergraduate students.
“Congratulations to this exemplary group of students who have excelled academically and demonstrated determination and a passion for horticulture,” said Danny Summers, executive vice president of the fund. “We continue to hear from recipients how important these awards are in reducing their financial stress, allowing them the ability to concentrate more on their studies. I am confident each of these students will make an effective and positive contribution to our industry.”
With this year’s awards, the fund has awarded a total of $504,000 since it was established. The fund’s current assets are now more than $870,000. The SNA’s Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund provides scholarships to students pursuing horticulture degrees who are residents of the 16 southern states SNA represents, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
An application for 2018 scholarships is now available, and details can be found online here.