As part of its efforts to bring young floriculture professional to the industry, FIRST is spotlighting some of its 2005 scholarship winners. The following winners are from the Eastern part of the United States and were recently spotlighted in the January 2006 FIRST newsletter.
Lisa Judge is a junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in horticulture with an emphasis in floriculture production. In addition to obtaining her BS, Lisa is also working towards an Associate's Degree in Business at Manchester Community College. Lisa's career goal is to own and operate a floral shop, greenhouse and nursery business.
Christopher O'Donnell is a sophomore at the University of Vermont majoring in Plant Science with a concentration in horticulture. After graduation in June 2008 Christopher looks forward to pursuing a graduate degree in landscape architecture. His ultimate career goals are preserving the environment through design and balancing public and private recreational facilities with existing natural landscapes.
Michael Kovach has been awarded the Seed Companies Scholarship for two consecutive years. He recently graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in horticulture and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. Upon graduation Michael plans to pursue a career in academia or research science.
The 2006 scholarship application is now available on the FIRST www.firstinfloriculture.org. A complete application consists of an application form, two letters of recommendation and academic transcripts. Applicants can complete their application form online and submit their letters of recommendation and transcripts via firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarship winners are announced in July at the OFA Short Course.
To qualify for a FIRST scholarship applicants must:
Be pursuing a career in a horticulture-related field.
Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average for most scholarships. Applicants with lower grade point averages may be considered if they have otherwise outstanding qualifications or extenuating circumstances.
Either be a citizen or resident of the United States or Canada — or be enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada.