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Our 2016 Scholarship Winners

Proven Winners® Innovations in Plant Breeding Scholarship Winners
(Two scholarships for $5,000 each)

New flowers and plants are the lifeblood of our industry. We are proud to support students who are committed to developing new and exciting plants in this competitive market. We congratulate the two winners of our Innovations in Plant Breeding scholarships and wish them a bright future.

Qiuxia Chen
Michigan State University

Jonathan Mahoney
University of Connecticut

Proven Winners® Grower Excellence Scholarship Winners
(Two scholarships for $5,000 each)

High quality plant material produced by talented and hard working growers is absolutely essential for any plant brand to be successful. We are proud to support the next generation of great plantsmen and women pursuing careers in plant production and congratulate the two winners of our Grower Excellence scholarships.

Alix Whitener
Washington State University

Marc Wissel
University of Florida


Proven Winners® Innovations in Horticultural Marketing Scholarship Winners
(One scholarship for $5,000)

The importance of marketing is often overlooked in our industry, so we need to support students with not only a passion for plants but also for knowing how to market and sell them. We congratulate the winner of our Innovations in Horticultural Marketing scholarship and wish him a bright future ahead.

Patrick McDonough
Delaware Valley University


Proven Winners® Technical or 2-Year Post-Secondary Institution Scholarships
(Five scholarships for $2,000 each)

Many horticulture students begin their post-secondary schooling at 2-year or vocational technology schools as a way to enter the work force sooner. Since horticulture tends to be a very hands-on career with much knowledge gained through work experience, this is an excellent way to break into the industry. We are proud to support five exemplary students who have chosen this route for their schooling and wish them the best of success for the future.

Krystal Bartholomew
Gateway Technical College

Anna Detoro
Kent State University
Brianna Hanson
University of New Hampshire

Bernard Kondenar
College of Lake County

Brett Zylstra
Niagara Parks Commission
School of Horticulture


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