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Shinoda Foundation names 2017-18 scholarship winners

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

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

The Shinoda Foundation 2017-18 Scholarship winners include:

Megan Haresnape, junior at Kansas State University — $5,000

Olivia Fiala, junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln — $2,500

Kaylee Ites, junior at Texas A&M University — $1,500

Melissa Eggleston, junior at Michigan State University — $1,000

Joanna Lambert, sophomore at Louisiana State University — $1,000

Leala Machesney, junior at the University of Maine — $1,000

Allyson Stolte, senior at Delaware Valley University — $1,000

Sarah Houtsman, junior at the University of Georgia — $500

Katelyn Stoops, senior at the 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, CA.

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

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of the state’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at more than $847,250 to 684 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are accepted from January until March 30 each year and are available on the foundation’s website,