The Vivian Munday Young Horticulture Professional Scholarship/Work Program was initiated to provide financial assistance to young horticulture professionals/students who are interested in attending the IPPS Southern Region annual meeting.  A young horticulture professional is defined as an individual with less than five years of work experience as a professional in the horticultural field. Financial assistance will provide a waiver for registration, tours and hotel accommodations for the annual meeting. In exchange for the financial support to attend, scholarship recipients will perform various hands on work assignments during the annual meeting. Work assignments are intended to assist the local site chairperson in making sure that the educational program and tours run smoothly. Assignments will be scheduled and delegated so that scholarship recipients have the opportunity to still attend the majority of the meeting events. Examples of work assignments are: assisting with the plant auction, manning the registration desk, and assisting audio/visual technician during the educational program. Scholarship recipients will report to the local site chairperson for their assignments upon arrival to the annual meeting.

The IPPS Southern Region annual meeting is typically a three and a half day event. This usually involves two full days of bus tours of area nurseries, public gardens, and greenhouse operations. The balance is an educational program consisting of short presentations. Papers presented and tour highlights from the previous meeting are also posted on our website.

All horticulture students and young professionals are eligible to apply for the Vivian Munday Scholarship. Fill out the application form below and submit to Donna Shealy Foster, Secretary/Treasurer IPPS Southern Region at Applications are due June1st. They will be reviewed by the Vivian Munday Scholarship Committee. Results will be provided to potential awardees at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting.

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