Sep 6, 2017
Shinoda Foundation Names Scholarship Winners

Eleven horticulture students from across the nation have been honored with annual Shinoda Foundation Scholarships totaling $21,000.

“The Shinoda Foundation thoughtfully selects our scholarship winners, based on their superior academics, career goals, extracurricular activities, work experience and need,” says Bob Otsuka, president. “We’re very aware that these elite students can play a key role in horticulture’s continued growth.”

The 2017-18 Shinoda Foundation Scholarship winners include:

  • Megan Haresnape, Junior, Kansas State University, $5,000
  • Olivia Fiala, Junior, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, $2,500
  • Kaylee Ites, Junior, Texas A&M University, $1,500
  • Melissa Eggleston, Junior, Michigan State University, $1,000
  • Joanna Lambert, Sophomore, Louisiana State University, $1,000
  • Leala Machesney, Junior, The University of Maine, $1,000
  • Allyson Stolte, Senior, Delaware Valley University, $1,000
  • Sarah Houtsman, Junior, University of Georgia, $500
  • Katelyn Stoops, Senior, University of Missouri – Columbia, $500

This year, additional award winners include:

Alexandra Bickham, who received a $1,000 Shinoda Design Center scholarship. The award goes to a floral design student attending California community colleges in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. Bickham attends Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, California.

Gage Willey, who received a $1,000 California Floral Council Scholarship. Willey is majoring in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The award is available only to applicants residing in California.

Since 1965, The Shinoda Foundation has awarded more than $847,250 in scholarships to 684 students.

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