Plastino Scholars

Looking for a way to bring your academic, social justice, or personal passions to life? University of Delaware students are encouraged to apply for a David A. Plastino Scholar Award, a study grant that provides funds that make a transformational difference in the lives of selected Plastino Scholars by enabling them to pursue a passionate interest to a degree not otherwise possible during the academic year.

The Plastino Scholars Program was established in 2007 by a gift from UD alumnus David A. Plastino to help outstanding UD undergraduate students realize their dreams by supporting them in self-designed, off-campus learning experiences that create a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

The program awards study grants to selected undergraduate students who exhibit extraordinary talent, promise, and imagination. Any undergraduate student may apply provided that, at the time of application, he or she is enrolled for at least twelve semester hours and has not completed more than five semesters. For the 2022 Plastino Scholar cycle only, graduating seniors may apply so long as their Plastino experience is completed before the end of 2022.

Applicants must submit a 250-word abstract, a project narrative of no more than 5,000 words, two letters of recommendation, and a detailed project budget by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2021. Students can visit the program website to watch a PowerPoint introduction, begin their application and learn more:

Scholarships Available from the Horticultural Research Institute

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) will grant up over $25,000 in scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year.

These scholarships are made possible by nine endowed funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its donor firms consider graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. Applications are due no later than September 10, 2021.

• The Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. Scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, or VT
• The Spring Meadow Scholarship is awarded to students who are interested in a career in woody plant propagation, production, or breeding
• The Mugget Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to work in any aspect of the horticultural industry
• The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who is a resident of MD, VA, or WV
• The Gunter Mecking Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to work in any aspect of the horticultural industry
• The Wright Family of Alabama Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to work in the horticultural industry, with preference given to Alabama students pursuing greenhouse careers

Scholarship applications are due no later than September 10, 2021 and may be accessed on HRI’s website at


Milton Garden Club Scholarship

The Milton Garden Club is now accepting applications for the Milton Garden Club Post-Secondary Student Scholarship for full-time students attending colleges or universities in the State of Delaware including University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical & Community College.  The number of scholarships awarded is based on the number of qualified applicants.


  • Applicants must be returning sophomore, junior or seniors enrolled full-time in a college or university in the State of Delaware studying in the field of agriculture and natural resources.
  • Applicants must be legal residents of Sussex County, Delaware.


  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the study of landscape and ornamental horticulture; plant science including sustainable landscapes, production horticulture, plant pathology, plant biology and genetics, soils and environmental quality; landscape design and architecture; agribusiness marketing and management or another similar related field.
  • Applicants will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Financial need
  • Scholarship Achievement
  • Community service, leadership and activities in and out of school

The application deadline is April 30, 2021.  Applications can be submitted any time prior to and including the April 30th deadline.  The completed application packages should be returned to Carol Mertes-Smith, Scholarship Chair at: or mailed to: Milton Garden Club, Inc., c/o Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 203, Milton, DE  19968


Please type or print clearly.

Applicant’s Name___________________________________________




College or University Attending________________________________

Academic Average___________________________________________

Field of study_______________________________________________

Please attach the following to this application:

  • School transcript with current grades
  • A one-page typed essay describing your current studies, school involvement and community service. Include your future plans as they relate to horticulture, plant science, agriculture or related studies, including how you hope to use your degree to serve your community.
  • A financial need statement not to exceed one page. Include an explanation of your need for a scholarship that includes any form of financial assistance, scholarships or grants you expect to receive.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member in your field of study.

A complete copy of your application must be received no later than April 30, 2021 but can be submitted any time up to and including the April 30th deadline. Completed application packages should be emailed to Carol Mertes-Smith, Scholarship Chair at: or mailed to: Milton Garden Club, Inc., c/o Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 203, Milton, DE 19968

2021 Edward A. Platz Memorial Scholarship

The New Jersey Green Industry Council (NJGIC) is continuing the scholarship program initiated by the New Jersey Agribusiness Association in memory of Edward A. Platz. This program promotes the tri-state area’s Agriculture and Green Industry students and assists them with their education.
Edward A. Platz is the founder of Plant Food Company, Inc. (originated under a different name) in 1946. He was very involved in the Turfgrass and Agriculture Industry, starting the first Liquid Fertilizer Formulation Company in the state. Mr. Platz passed in 1977.

Applicants to the New Jersey Green Industry Council Scholarship Program must be…
· Enrolled at any accredited 4-year college or university in the United States when receiving the scholarship
· Possess an academic rank of sophomore, junior, or senior at that time
· Applicant must be majoring in an Agriculture or Green Industry subject area (i.e. Plant Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Entomology, Ornamental Horticulture, Golf Management, Nursery, etc., or related field)
· New Jersey resident
· Demonstrate an intention of pursuing a career in production, agriculture, or the Green Industry

The NJGIC will award two (2) $1500.00 scholarships in memory of Edward A. Platz. Payment will be made September 23rd at the NJGIC Annual Golf Classic at Forsgate Country Club. Attendance is not a considering factor in determining the scholarship awardees.

Procedures and Deadlines
Applicants must submit the following…
· Completed application
· Official copy of transcripts from all colleges attended
· Two (2) letters of recommendation with at least one academic letter. Letters of recommendation are to be sent directly to the Executive Director of NJGIC.
· A 1-2-page typed essay stating current education and career goals
· A one-paragraph answer to the following question, “What has been your most important extra-curricular activity, your most important contribution to it, and what has your participation in it meant to you as an individual?”
· All information must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 3, 2021.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school, community, and personal activities, honors, statement of education and career goals, and an outside appraisal.
Final selection of recipients is made by the NJGIC Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified of the selection by June 4, 2021.

NJGIC Board of Directors reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of the Scholarship Program and make appropriate changes at any time.

Additional Information
Questions regarding the NJGIC Scholarship Program as well as all applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to:
Buddy Freund
NJGIC Executive Director
PO Box 166
Succasunna, NJ 07876
973-557-8674 (c)

Platz Scholarship Application

National Dairy Board Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Applications are being accepted for college scholarships that are awarded by America’s dairy farmers and importers through the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB).

Eleven scholarships worth $2,500 each will be awarded, as well as a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to one outstanding recipient. NDB funds, in part, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff program.

Undergraduate students in their sophomore through senior year for the 2021-2022 academic school year and majoring in one of the following fields are eligible: communications/public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science and agriculture education.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, an interest in a career in a dairy-related discipline, and demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity. Candidates must complete an application form, submit an official transcript of all college courses, and write a short statement describing their career aspirations, dairy-related activities and work experiences.

Applications can be found at

Completed applications must be received no later than May 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Questions about the program can be submitted to

Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund


The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund was initiated during the Spring of 2011 in order to honor Jim and his contributions to the Mid-Atlantic area turfgrass industry and financially support students while pursuing a college degree.
Jim worked as a salesman for Newsom Seed from the early 1990’s until soon before his passing on March 20, 2013. He made great contributions to turfgrass related businesses during this period, especially businesses involved in turf production.

The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund allows for a single, annual $500.00 award to be issued to a winning applicant prior to the fall college semester.
Completed applications, along with any essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. should be postmarked and mailed by 05/31/2021 to:
Turfgrass Producers of Maryland
P.O. Box 389
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Attention: The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund
And/or email to: and/or

In addition to a possible interview with one or more Turfgrass Producers of Maryland Board Members, the following criteria will be considered by the TPM board while deciding who will be awarded this scholarship:

  • The applicant should be a current high school senior or be enrolled full time in a two year Associate Degree or four year Bachelor Degree college or university program. Proof of college or university enrollment in an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree program may be requested by the MTA board.
  • The applicant should reside in the Mid-Atlantic area or be enrolled in a college or university located in the Mid-Atlantic area.
  • The applicant should have earned a high school or current college level GPA of at least 2.5. A transcript should be submitted along with the application.
  • Preference may be given to students enrolled in a turfgrass related field.
  • Preference may be given to students with experience in turf production and/or turf maintenance.
  • An essay of one page or less, using 12 pitch x New Roman or equivalent with a one inch margin that should include how you intend to utilize your Associate or Bachelor degree.
  • A current high school and/or college level transcript and up to three letters of recommendation can be submitted with the completed application.


Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers 2021 Agronomy Scholarship Now Open

This year, the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers is offering up to two $1,000 scholarships to college students pursuing a degree in plant sciences, soil science, or agronomy. Recipients will also have the opportunity to take the CCA Exam, free of cost after graduation.

Applicants must be a resident of or attending a college or university in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, or West Virginia). Applicants must be pursuing a career in plant or soil sciences, agronomy, or an agriculture-related field.
Scholarship funding is provided by the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers Program. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support to students interested in pursuing a career that would lead them to become a certified crop adviser or certified professional agronomist. Given the declining number of students enrolled in agronomy related programs in our region, the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers believes it is important to encourage students to consider careers in agronomy by supporting their educational needs through financial support.

The Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers Scholarship Committee will select scholarship recipients, with all personal information redacted, based on the student’s agronomic background, relevant field involvement, financial need, grade point average, agronomic related studies, career goals, and extra-curricular activities.
Interested students should mail or email a completed application to be received by February 19th. An electronic version of the application can be downloaded from For information, contact Jenell Eck at or 443-262-8491.

The Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Adviser (MAACA) Board administers the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program for Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia. The MACCA program is administered by the regional board in association with the American Society of Agronomy, which handles similar programs for specialists in agronomy, crop consulting, weed science, and other agricultural disciplines. Learn more about MACCA on our website and follow along on Facebook.

NCGA Accepting Applications for 2020 Scholarships

The National Corn Growers Association is again offering its William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.

Five $1,500 scholarships are available to all undergraduate college students regardless of major.

To apply, students or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA. Not a member? Don’t worry! Many state corn associations have an inexpensive student membership fee and you can join online at

Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship. Students may apply for membership at

Applications must be submitted by December 4, 2020. 

The application is available here: