The Horticultural Research Institute, the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association, recently awarded three prestigious scholarships to students pursuing degrees in horticulture-related fields.
The 2010 Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship went to Amanda Lilly of Salem, Mass. Lilly, a second year graduate student at City College of New York, received a $2,000 scholarship in support of her Master of Science in Landscape Architecture. Additionally, HRI awarded the 2010 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarships in the sum of $1,000 each to Lucy Wang and Julia Kriz.
“My undergraduate degree is in architecture. However, while I was in school, and during my years working with a professional architecture firm, I realized that my design interests were most focused in creating outdoor spaces," Lilly said. "This drive and determination to design beautiful and ecological green spaces, coupled with a passionate commitment to the environment as our species continues to develop on the land, led me to ultimately pursue the rewarding and challenging profession of Landscape Architecture.”
The Bigelow Scholarship was created in 1988 by the Palmer W. Bigelow family of Bigelow Nurseries in Northboro, Mass., to aid students from New England who seek a career in horticulture. The scholarship is dedicated to one of the family's children, the late Timothy Bigelow, and to Palmer W. 'Bill' Bigelow, who died in 1997. The Bigelow family considers student scholarships the most important commitment that the horticultural industry can make to ensure the growth and development of the nursery and landscape industry.
Wang is a resident of Lutherville, Md., and a junior at the University of Maryland majoring in landscape architecture. “I am very honored to be a recipient of the Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship for 2010 and will continue to work hard to contribute to a more sustainable and green future,” she said.
Kriz of Fairfax, Va., is a graduate student at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She is studying for her Master of Science in Landscape Design. Kriz graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where she completed her Bachelor of Art in Government with a minor in Environmental Studies. “Landscape Design combines my first love of plants with my other interests and talents in art, engineering, architecture, and ecology," she said. "The more I study it, the more I realize what a perfect fit it is.”
The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by HRI and the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc. (MANTS). This scholarship serves to memorialize Mr. Carville M. Akehurst who served the horticultural industry as one of the founders of MANTS. MANTS, an association formed from the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, together with HRI, have established this scholarship with the belief that the strength and future success of the horticulture industry lies in the solid education of today’s students.