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 2013 scholarship at TAMU was awarded to is Sara Hollis freshman horticulture major at Texas A&M University. She is active in student organizations, particularly in the Student American Institute of Floral Design and the Student Event Planners Association, both of which benifit her career path as an event planner or working in floral shop.
In her thank you note to the SCMGs she said, ”I would like to say how honored I am to receive this scholarship and what a big help it will be in my dream of graduating from Texas A&M University.”
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.