Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) have announced the recipients of the 2022-2023 Spring Meadow – Proven Winners® Endowment Fund scholarships.
Dale & Liz Deppe established the Spring Meadow – Proven Winners Endowment Fund in 1999, believing that backing bright, well-trained, qualified people is essential to the green industry’s protection and growth. Through HRI, the AmericanHort Foundation administers endowments that help students obtain the necessary education to pursue horticultural careers.
“We have been blessed by this industry and the mentors who have helped us along the way, and we are committed to supporting emerging professionals through efforts like these,” said Dale Deppe. Spring Meadow Nursery aims to grant scholarships to students interested in woody plant production, propagation, breeding, horticultural sales, and marketing.
Four students were awarded scholarships for the 2021-2022 granting period, bringing the total amount of awards distributed through the fund to over $115,000. The students were chosen from a competitive national applicant pool for their academic achievements, outstanding leadership abilities, and commitment to pursuing horticulture careers.
Carolyn Krauss is a master’s student in Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee. Her research aims to improve irrigation efficiency in container-grown nursery production. Carolyn earned her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Georgia, her Bachelor’s Degree in Horticultural Science from the University of Georgia, and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Data Analytics, from Louisiana State University. Before starting graduate school, Carolyn worked as a greenhouse and garden center manager. Her interests are improving nursery and greenhouse production efficiency and profitability on the business side of horticultural businesses.
Jacob Letmanski is an undergraduate student studying Agronomy and Horticulture at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He hopes to go to another university after graduating in 2024 for graduate school, where he will pursue plant breeding. He hopes to eventually work as a plant breeder focusing on woody plants and perennials.
Jack Schaefer has obtained landscape horticulture associate’s degrees from Cincinnati State. He is pursuing a bachelor’s in horticulture from the University of Cincinnati. Jack is employed at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, where he applies his love of trees and shrubs. With the belief that plants benefit everyone in the community, Jack enjoys improving the lives of those around him with horticultural outreach projects. His favorite part about working at the CZBG is seeing the latest and greatest plant cultivars from plant breeders and experimenting with their landscape functionality.
Sophie Schmidt is a sophomore in Horticulture Research at Iowa State University. Her research interests lie in increasing our understanding of plant genomics and leveraging that knowledge to improve plant breeding, specifically in horticultural crops. Sophie grew up in the Minneapolis area, started her own lawn care business there, and recently completed an internship in plant health at Bachman’s Nursery. Her future educational and research goals include pursuing a master’s and, eventually, Ph.D. in plant breeding or plant genomics.
A total of 43 Spring Meadow-Proven Winners Endowed Fund scholarships have been awarded to students since 2004. Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 granting period are open until June 1, 2023. 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.