Sidney B. Meadows 
Scholarship Endowment Fund

Providing Scholarships
to Students in Sixteen 
Southeastern States
Pursuing a Career 
in Horticulture
This year's recipients represent the brightest minds and most determined future industry leaders from a well-qualified pool of nearly 30 applicants. 



ACWORTH, GA, August 25, 2016 – The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced the names of twelve students from six southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, August 31, during SEGreen 2016 in Athens, Georgia. The $1,500 awards, totaling $18,000, will be presented to:


  • Kaitlin Michelle Barrios - University of Georgia
  • Jordan McKenzie Baylor - Clemson University
  • Allison Lindsay Bechtloff - University of Florida
  • Travis Jolliffe Black - North Carolina State University
  • David Denton - North Carolina State University
  • Lauren M. Garcia Chance - Clemson University
  • Daniel Greenwell - Auburn University - Lee C. Howell Scholarship
  • Bethany Harris - University of Georgia - Arthur A."Buck" Jones Scholarship
  • Mary Elizabeth Lewis - University of Georgia - Robert L. VanLandingham Scholarship
  • Maria C. Murillo - University of Missouri - Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship
  • Kristin Elizabeth Neill - North Carolina State University - Art & Millie Lancaster Scholarship
  • Gray S. Simpson - University of Georgia


Scholarship recipients are determined through a competitive application process, administered by a selection committee, based on academics, determination, demonstrated interest in the horticulture industry, and financial need. This year’s recipients were chosen from the largest number of applications ever received.


“Congratulations to this exemplary group of students who have excelled academically and demonstrated determination and a passion for horticulture,” said Danny Summers, Executive Vice President of the fund.

“We received the largest number of applications ever so the competition was extreme. These scholarship awards will help lighten their financial load as they pursue their careers and I am confident each of these students will make an effective and positive contribution to our industry. I look forward to seeing their accomplishments as they complete their studies,” he added.


To date, a total of $492,000 has been awarded since the fund was established in 1989. The fund’s current assets are now more than $825,000. Eight named funds have been pledged: the Carolina Nurseries Fund, The Larry D. Edwards Fund, the Dr. James & Faye Foret Fund, the Richard J. “Dick” Hackney Fund, Sr. Fund, the Lee C. Howell Fund, the Arthur A. “Buck” Jones Fund, the Art & Millie Lancaster Fund, and the Robert L. VanLandingham Fund. The financial support offered by the fund has allowed many students the opportunity to begin or continue to work toward their educational goals.