State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania

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Scholarship Information

State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania (SHAP) and Scott Brown Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship availability is for students who intend to pursue careers in the Pennsylvania fruit industry. Scholarship applicants must maintain full time enrollment in an undergraduate program at a university, college, community college or trade or technical school. Scholarships are open to high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a degree program.

The scholarship is worth a minimum of $3000 per year. However, the amount of the award will be determined at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship recipients may reapply annually for the scholarship. 

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Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the institution of higher learning upon receipt of proof of enrollment.

To the Applicant: Please fill out the application as completely as possible. Applications must be postmarked by May 1st. The information you provide will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, which may request to interview you in person or contact your college or high school advisor. You will be notified of a decision by June 15th of the current year.

Accompanying the application please attach:

□ A copy of your most recent academic transcript.

□ Two letters of reference from someone outside of your immediate family.

□ A typed essay (approximately 500 words) on one of the following topics:

  • Describe the biggest issue that has faced the Fruit Industry in Pennsylvania in the last five years or the Fruit Industry will face in the next five years and how you plan to deal with this issue in your future career, or
  • Describe your previous experiences with the fruit industry and the role you hope to play in the Pennsylvania fruit industry upon graduation.

Please note that this is not a need based scholarship.

SHAP strongly encourages students who accept a scholarship to volunteer to help out with either the Young Growers Alliance or State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania food booths at the PA Farm Show in January.

For more information, please contact Maureen Irvin, Executive Secretary, at (717) 677-4184 or shap@embarqmail.com

Please mail application and attachments to:

State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania
Attention: Scholarship Committee
480 Mountain Road
Orrtanna, PA 17353

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