Oct 12, 2017
SNA Fund Awards Scholarships

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), named 12 students from seven southeastern universities as recipients of academic scholarships this year.

Scholarship recipients are determined through a competitive application process, administered by a selection committee, based on academics, determination, demonstrated interest in the horticulture industry, and financial need. This year’s recipients were chosen from a very competitive group of applications. Of the 12 students, six are graduate students and six undergraduates.

Five of the awards are named scholarships honoring past industry leaders. The $1,500 awards, totaling $18,000, has been presented to the following excelling scholars:

  • Ruqayah Hamida Bhuiyan, University of Georgia – Arthur A. “Buck” Jones Scholarship
  • Crystal Jones Conner, University of Florida
  • Michael John Del Valle, Jr., University of Georgia – Robert L. VanLandingham Scholarship
  • Bethany Allison Harris, University of Georgia
  • Susan M. Hawkins, University of Georgia
  • Kaylee Elizabeth Ites, Texas A&M University – Lee C. Howell Scholarship
  • Shea Alexandria Keene, University of Florida
  • Isaac Barak Luhrs, University of Tennessee
  • Juan Moscoso, University of Arkansas – Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship
  • Ariana Rhiannon Newton, West Virginia University
  • Raymond Odeh, University of Florida
  • James Turner Smith, North Carolina State University – Art & Mille Lancaster Scholarship

With this year’s awards, the fund has awarded a total of $504,000 since the fund was established in 1989. The fund’s current assets are now more than $870,000. Seven named funds have been pledged: The Larry D. Edwards Fund, the Dr. James & Faye Foret Fund, the Richard J. “Dick” Hackney Fund, Sr. Fund, the Lee C. Howell Fund, the Arthur A. “Buck” Jones Fund, the Art & Millie Lancaster Fund, and the Robert L. VanLandingham Fund. The financial support offered by the fund has allowed many students the opportunity to begin or continue to work toward their educational goals.


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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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