Dec 20, 2018
New Horticulture Research Scholarship Available

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), has created a new named scholarship to honor Dr. Bryson L. James. Dr. James, who served as Director of Horticultural Research for the SNA and coordinator of the annual conference and editor of the Annual Proceedings for 37 years. Dr. James passed away in 2017.

The Sidney B. Meadows Board voted to establish the named fund in honor of James to build a perpetual scholarship to be awarded in his name. Marc Teffeau, newly-elected president of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, said, “Very few individuals have impacted horticultural research in the southeast as much as Bryson. His efforts will have an influence throughout our industry for decades to come. The naming of a scholarship in his honor will be a permanent reminder of his work and love for our industry.”

The SNA Research Conference features a student research competition — the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition. This competition provides an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their latest research results, hone their communication skills and compete for cash awards.

Created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501 (c) 3 corporation providing scholarships to students who are residents of the sixteen southeastern states SNA represents – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia – pursuing a career in horticulture. The scholarship is dedicated to the late Sidney B. Meadows, a past president of the Southern Nursery Association, who was an avid supporter of student scholarships and believed that providing aid for students was an important way to ensure the growth and development of all facets of the industry.

Applications for 2019 scholarships are available online at Those interested in receiving scholarship information or the latest fund news can subscribe to the automated information system on the fund’s website.

For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, scholarship information, or creating a named fund, forward your inquiry to  [email protected] or visit

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