Shinoda Foundation selects Haresnape for annual scholar award

Shinoda Foundation selects Haresnape for annual scholar award

Kansas State's Megan Haresnape is the first generation of her family to attend college.

November 7, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Shinoda Foundation has announced Kansas State University’s Megan Haresnape as the 2018-19 Shinoda Scholar of the Year – the foundation’s highest award.

“Megan’s drive and discipline stood out as exceptional among the talented aspiring horticulturists we reviewed,” says Bob Otsuka, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “As the first generation of her family to attend college, she also is a great example of how horticulture’s next generation is working to grow our industry.”

Megan is a 21-year-old senior from Lebanon, Kansas, majoring in Horticulture with a minor in Agribusiness. She is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Greenhouse Production. Her goal is to own and operate a production greenhouse.

Megan works in the greenhouses at Kansas State University, is secretary for the Horticulture Club and serves as a Kansas State University First Scholars Program Mentor. She has received several scholarships, including the Shinoda Scholarship last year, Perennial Plant Association Scholarship, American Floral Endowment Scholarship and the National Garden Clubs Scholarship.

The Shinoda Foundation Board of Trustees awarded eleven scholarships this year totaling $20,000 and provided grants to the winners’ colleges and universities. Since 1965, The Shinoda Foundation has awarded more than $867,000 in scholarships to 697 students.

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s website, and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Further information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be found on its website or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 962 Pecho St., Morro Bay, CA 93442, or Pat Broering at