Feb 10, 2021
Spring Meadow & HRI Announce Scholarship Recipients

Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) have announced the recipients of 2020-2021 Spring Meadow-Proven Winners Endowment Fund scholarships.

Dale and Liz Deppe established the Spring Meadow-Proven Winners Endowment Fund in 1999 with the belief that backing bright, well-trained, qualified people is essential to the green industry’s protection and growth. Through HRI, the AmericanHort Foundation acts as the administrator of endowments that help students obtain the necessary education to pursue horticultural careers.

“We have been blessed by this industry and the mentors who’ve helped us along the way, and we are committed to supporting emerging professionals through efforts like these,” said Dale Deppe.

Horticulture students Hunter Hall (University of Mount Olive), Davis Harmon (North Carolina State University), and Erin Pfarr (Rutgers University) were each awarded $3000 scholarships for the 2020-2021 granting period, bringing the total amount of awards distributed through the fund to $92,750. The students were chosen from a competitive national applicant pool for their academic achievements, outstanding leadership abilities, and commitment to pursuing horticulture careers.

A total of 36 Spring Meadow-Proven Winners Endowment Fund scholarships have been awarded to students since 2004. Scholarship applications for the 2021-22 granting period will open in April 2021. Individuals interested in applying for a scholarship can check the HRI website or contact Jennifer Gray, HRI Administrator, at 614.884.1155 for more scholarship application details.