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Academic Scholarships

In keeping with our emphasis on furthering education, the Collin County Master Gardeners Association awards scholarships for both High School Seniors and TAMU Graduate Students.

CCMGA HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP

A $2,000 scholarship award is available to one graduating high school senior (Class of 2024) who is a verifiable resident of Collin County or will graduate from a Collin County high school, plans to attend a Texas college or university, and has selected a horticulture related college major such as Botany, Entomology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Horticulture, Landscaping, Agricultural Sciences, and Ag Leadership & Development.

The deadline to apply for the 2024 High School scholarship is Friday, March 8, 2024.
Click here to download the application.

 


 

2023 CCMGA High School Scholarship Recipients

CAMPBELL BEDNAR

Graduate of Wakeland High School, Frisco
Attending Texas Tech University, Lubbock
Major:  Agricultural and Applied Economics
Minor:  Renewable Energy

Hi, I’m Campbell Bednar from Frisco Texas. I am a recent graduate of Wakeland High School.I was very active in the FFA by showing all types of livestock, competing in Career, Leadership, and Speaking development events, serving as my chapter as president,and the District IV as vice president. I was also heavily involved in sports by being a student athletic trainer. 

Through FFA,Texas Girls State, and my schools AP Seminar and AP Research courses, I found a passion for wind energy. My next steps will be taken at Texas Tech University as an Agricultural and Applied Economics major and minoring in and Renewable Energy. I dream of providing energy for Americans while giving back to farmers, ranchers and their lands. I am very grateful and ecstatic for all my future endeavors! 

 

ELIZABETH ESPOSITO

Graduate of Lovejoy High School, Lucas
Attending Texas State University, San Marcos
Major:  Agriculture Business Management, Animal Production/ Industry Option

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Esposito and I live in Lucas Texas and attend LoveJoy High School. I am very involved in 4-H which is where I grew my love for agriculture. In 4-H I served as the First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer and more for both Legacy Club and Collin County 4-H. Through 4-H I was involved in a multitude of projects such as horticulture, Food and Nutrition and Public Speaking which have all helped grow my interest in an agriculture career. 

I plan on attending Texas State University in the fall to major in Agriculture Business Management: Horticultural Business Concentration. My love for agriculture began with 4-H and I have continued this passion through my AP Capstone project in which I designed and executed an alternative lawn type in North Texas. After college I hope to become a landscape architect in urban areas to promote green spaces in the city. Sustainability is something that I have always enjoyed advocating for so I hope to incorporate that into my career.

 

SAVANNAH OKLAND

Graduate of Lebanon Trail High School, Frisco
Attending Collin College
Major:  Environmental Science

I’m Savannah Okland and I was born and raised here in Frisco, Texas. I’m also a self-proclaimed houseplant collector and a wiz with a passion for my outdoor gardens. Additionally, I've grown very fond of floral design and recently placed 3rd in FISD’s third annual Floral Cup competition at the CTE Center. 

 

I’ll be graduating this May from Lebanon Trail High School. FISD’s horticulture and Ag programs offer so much opportunity and experience for the students. It’s truly something to boast about and I wish more students knew about and took part in some of the many classes I took at Frisco’s Career and Technical Center. Classes like Horticulture Science, and Advanced Floral developed my skills and allowed me to pursue my interests academically. I also was involved in Lebanon’s FFA that also helped develop my abilities in leadership and teamwork.

 

Now, in the Fall I’m excited to attend Collin College to achieve my associate's degree in Environmental Science, with dreams of transferring to SFA and on to continue my higher education. I’ve been working for Calloway’s Plant Nursery these weekends leading up to graduation, which has already taught me so much in just a couple of months.

As a student who is passionate about the environment and horticulture, this scholarship means the world to me. It will enable me to continue pursuing my academic goals and reach for the stars which I fully intend to do. 

 

 

CCMGA TAMU GRADUATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Working with the Texas A&M University Foundation and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, CCMGA currently awards one scholarship annually to graduate students in the Horticultural Sciences Department. 

Recent Recipient

Johnathan Caples

As a young child growing up in Texas, I remember helping my great grandmother tend to her garden, harvesting squash and pulling carrots from the soil. As a teenager, I was constantly designing and redesigning the landscape of my childhood home. Removing the overgrown Red Tip Photinias and replacing them with Knockout Roses is a fond memory. I was always happiest when my hands were working in the soil and tending to plants. My love for horticulture started at an early age, and ever since then I have been studying to increase my knowledge and understanding of the field. From a high school FFA member, to my bachelors degree and eventually a masters in agriculture, I have steadily developed a greater interest in horticulture. With my previous education and now my Ph.D research in companion planting and container gardening for yield and pollinator attraction, I continue to educate myself in the field. However, I would not be here today had it not been for the countless teachers, professors and mentors along the way. I hope that I can take my education and TA experience here at Texas A&M and pursue a career as a professor and researcher and educate others the importance of horticulture, specifically sustainability in the modern landscape.

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