Through the years the Smith County Master Gardeners have had events and projects which produce income in support of the needs of the association. One of the primary uses of these funds have been for scholarships which support horticulture students at two state universities.

Texas A & M University – College Station

The 2015 scholarship at TAMU was awarded to Sarah Hollis, a junior horticulture major.  She says, in her letter to us, in part, “It is an honor to receive a scholarship from the Smith County Master Gardeners for the 2015-2016 year.  I will be graduating in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Horticulture with an emphasis in floral design and event planning.  Over the past three years spent at Texas A&M University I have greatly expanded my knowledge of horticulture and have been able to take exciting classes such as wedding flowers and special events. This  scholarship will allow me to stay focused on my studies and not worry about the financial burden of attending college.”

Sarah works part time in the Aggieland Prospective Student Center.  She participates in the Floral Design Club, The Student Event Planners Association, Aggie 30-Loves as well as several honor societies.

She thanks the SCMG Association for the scholarship as it is a great help in funding her education.

 Stephen F. Austin State University – Nacogdoches

The 2014 scholarship was awarded to Amny Rose who is currently a junior at SFA.  In her letter to us she said, “I want to thank you for your support of my education.  It was a wonderful surprise to learn that I received your scholarship.  I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate both your interest in helping horticulture students and the help that you are providing me.”

She is currently the President of the Horticulture Club at SFA. She has attended the Southern Region International Plant Propagators Society conference, the Southern Region American Society of Horticultural Science conference and the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association Trade Show.  After graduating she will be seeking a job in the horticulture industry, hopefully a position in greenhouse management.

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