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Horticulture Students Receive National Scholarships

Sept. 17, 2010--Two University of Wisconsin-River Falls students have recently been awarded national horticultural scholarships.

Molly Gilbert, a senior horticulture major from Sturgeon Bay received the Earl Dedman Memorial Scholarship from the American Floral Endowment. The scholarship is given to students who are interested in becoming greenhouse growers, are from the northwestern United States, and have sophomore, junior, or senior status.

"I want to work to develop new plant materials and work on innovating the industry,” says Gilbert. “The contributions I plan on making are to educate people about what plants can do for them, and inspire others to want to learn about plants. An area I am dedicated to is more sustainable horticultural practices.”

Gilbert and Joanna Kusilek, a senior horticulture major from Baldwin, both received scholarships from the Shinoda Foundation. The Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship 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.

"These very deserving individuals have demonstrated their commitment and passion for the floriculture/horticulture industry," says AFE's Scholarship Chairperson P.J. Ellison. "We are very pleased to be able to help them along their career paths."


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