Sidney B. Meadows Fund Scholarships

Aug 21, 2023
Sidney B. Meadows Fund awards $24,000 in scholarships in 2023

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), has announced the names of 12 students from 10 southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. Eight of the awards are named scholarships honoring past industry leaders or loved ones. This year’s awards were $2,000 each, totaling $24,000. Awards are being presented to the following excelling scholars:

Ramsey Arram – North Carolina State University, The Art & Millie Lancaster Scholarship

Kristopher S. Criscione – Louisiana State University, The James & Faye Foret Scholarship

Landon Erbrick – Auburn University, The Sally Smith Scholarship

Haley Jacobs – Oklahoma State University

Kayla Morrison – Oklahoma State University

Brooks Parrish – University of Florida, The Richard J. Hackney Scholarship

Jenny Ryals – Mississippi State University, The Lee C. Howell Scholarship

Brandan Shur – North Carolina State University, The Arthur A. “Buck” Jones Scholarship

Charlotte Simmons – Tennessee Technological University, The Dr. Bryson L. James Scholarship

Josh Tebow – University of Arkansas

Laura Whaley – University of Tennessee

Tyler Williamson – University of Georgia, The Robert L. Vanlandingham Scholarship

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 applicants. Of the 12 students, seven are graduate students and five are undergraduate.

“Congratulations to this exemplary group of students who have excelled academically and demonstrated determination and a passion for horticulture,” said Danny Summers, executive vice president of the fund. 

“We continue to hear from recipients how important these awards are in reducing their financial stress allowing them the ability to concentrate more on their studies. I am confident each of these students will make an effective and positive contribution to our industry in the future. I look forward to seeing their accomplishments as they complete their studies,” he said.

This was the first year the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), two leading scholarship granting foundations in the green industry, announced their collaboration in creating a common application form for their respective scholarship programs. This partnership makes it easier for students to apply for multiple scholarship programs at once and mitigate the time-consuming application process.  Feedback from this year’s applicants confirmed the process was easy and the ability to apply for more than one scholarship (if eligible) was a real plus.

An application for 2024 scholarships will be available in early 2024. Those interested in receiving scholarship information or the latest fund news can subscribe to the automated information system on the fund’s website.

More details on scholarship eligibility can be found at For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, forward your inquiry to PO Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101, phone 678.813.1880, email [email protected] or visit

HRI, established in 1962, has provided scholarship and grant funding in excess of $9.5 million. Both organizations recognize the importance and value of education in this field and is dedicated to helping students pursue their studies. To learn more about HRI, visit