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 2014 scholarship at TAMU was awarded to Emberlen Binford, a junior horticulture major.  She says, in her letter to us, “It is such an honor to receive the Smith County Master Gardener scholarship. This scholarship will help aid me financially in completing the last year of my education. Upon my graduation next May, I hope to begin working in urban horticulture and landscape incorporating sustainable practices.  Thank you so much for your generosity and helping me reach my future goals.”

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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