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UWRF Student Receives Shinoda Foundation Scholarship

JUNE 29, 2007--Jessica Pries, a senior double-major in horticulture and agricultural education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, is the recipient of a $3,500 scholarship from the Shinoda Foundation in San Luis Obispo, California.

The trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation awarded eight scholarships nationally totaling $20,000 for students studying floriculture, horticulture and related fields in the 2007-08 academic year.

"The Shinoda Foundation is delighted to be able to offer these students assistance with their horticultural studies," says Paul Ecke, III, president of the Shinoda Foundation.  "Our industry is dependent on this next generation of students, and the Foundation recognizes that helping them now helps us all in the future."

One of two who received $3,500, Pries is from Eyota, Minn. Seven other undergraduate students received scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

In addition to the $20,000 in scholarship awards, 10% of each scholarship will be sent to the awardees' departments for the purpose of encouraging students to apply for future Shinoda Scholarships. The additional funding totaled $2,000 for 2007, bringing the total funding awarded in 2007-2008 to $22,000.  

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists' Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state's floral industry. The Foundation's purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at more than $682,000 to 605 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Applications are available on the Foundation's Web site and accepted from January 1 until March 30 each year. Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Internet site or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401. For more information contact Ellen Wells at the Shinoda Foundation, 617-501-7766.


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