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 2015 scholarship at SFA was awarded to Grant Lawson Priess who is majoring in Turfgrass-Horticulture (known at other schools as Agronomy – the study of plant and soil science). In his letter to us he said, in part, “Thank you so much for your generosity.  It has been an honor to receive the Smith County Master Gardener’s Scholarship.  I have had great joy in telling  my parents and brother about my accomplishment. I really do appreciate the thought and hard work that made this scholarship possible. The fifteen hundred dollars means a lot to me.”

Grant received an internship in the panhandle of Texas in a town called Plainview.  He worked for Bob Glodt who is the owner of Agri-Search.  He is a crop consultant and independent research contractor, which is what Grant wants to do one day.

He further says, “Thank you again for the opportunity to help me get a lasting education that allows me to grow as an agriculturalist.”


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