Horticultural Research Institute Awards Scholarships for 2011

December 2, 2011 - 11:05

The Horticultural Research Institute, has awarded the 2011 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarships in the sum of $1,000 each to Chelsea Gusler and Joseph Rothleutner.

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), has awarded the 2011 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarships in the sum of $1,000 each to Chelsea Gusler and Joseph Rothleutner.

The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by HRI and the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc. (MANTS). This scholarship serves to memorialize Mr. Carville M. Akehurst who served the horticultural industry as one of the founders of MANTS. MANTS, an association formed from the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, together with HRI, have established this scholarship with the belief that the strength and future success of the horticulture industry lies in the solid education of today's students.

Ms. Gusler from Dublin, Va., is a junior at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is majoring in horticulture and biochemistry. Ms. Gusler noted her reasoning behind a double major, "Horticulture is the study of plants, and Biochemistry is the study of living things. With these two majors, I will be opened to a wide variety of career options upon graduation, ranging from medicine, herbal medicine, pharmaceutical, environmental fields, vet med to one of my greatest interests, research."

Mr. Rothleutner, a resident of Maryland and graduate student at the Oregon State University, is studying horticulture. In his scholarship essay, he wrote about the enjoyment of urban horticulture, "Urban horticulture amazes me. Whenever I walk through new neighborhoods I am always looking up at the trees and down at foundation plantings. I believe that green spaces and in cities greatly improve the happiness of people, its obvious the effects are positive."

To learn more about HRI visit www.HRIResearch.org.

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