Washington, D.C. – The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), has awarded the 2012 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarships in the sum of $2,000 each to Leah Comerci and Stephanie Marino.
The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by HRI and the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc. (MANTS). This scholarship serves to memorialize Carville M. Akehurst who served the horticultural industry as one of the founders of MANTS. MANTS, an association formed from the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, together with HRI, have established this scholarship with the belief that the strength and future success of the horticulture industry lies in the solid education of today's students.
Comerci from Beckley, W. Va. is a senior at the West Virginia University. She is majoring in landscape architecture. When asked about her selection of her major Comerci noted:
“I initially selected my major as I wanted to meld my artistic interests with my environmental concerns and love of nature. My interests in the discipline have since evolved to encompass a deep concern for plant ecology principals and the proper stewardship of the land through sustainable practices. After graduation I plan on seeking employment in the professional field, obtaining the status of a licensed landscape architect, and eventually continuing my education with a master’s degree. I am very grateful to Ms. Vannesa Finney and The Akehurst Family of the Maryland Nursery & Landscape Association for selecting me as the recipient of the scholarship.”
Marino from Severn, Md. is a junior at the University of Maryland. She is majoring in landscape architecture with minors in landscape management and sustainable studies. Marino commented on the reason she selected her majors:
“I have a great appreciation for nature and chose to major in landscape architecture because it allows me to interact with nature creatively. I am looking forward to working for a landscape architecture company, designing to enhance the environment and quality of life.”
Marino’s additional interests include traveling to D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis, Md. to see the historic sites, museums, and monuments. She enjoys urban settings as well as historical sites and hopes to incorporate both into her future designs.