The University of Vermont Plant & Soil Science Department awards students annually for academic, extracurricular, service, and career-oriented achievement. All PSS students, including ECAG/AGRO and SLH majors and minors; Soil Science minors; and Food Systems majors with ECAG/AGRO or SLH concentrations are eligible. Many awards include cash prizes, but all students must apply to be considered.
This application is required for consideration for UVM Plant and Soil Science Student Awards. Only one application is required for all awards.
There is no specific GPA requirement, but the committee typically gives awards to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
In evaluating student applications, the PSS Awards Committee would really like to get to know you better, so please respond to the following questions. Your answers should be complete but to the point.
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 5. This survey will close then!
Awards may include:
1. Agronomy, Soils and Sustainable Agriculture Senior Recognition Award - This award is presented by the Department of Plant and Soil Science to an outstanding student with an interest in agronomy, soils, or sustainable agriculture.
2. American Society For Horticulture Science Collegiate Scholars Award - This award is presented to students who are in the top 15% in their junior or senior class and are active in campus organization, clubs and/or provide service to their department. There is no monetary amount associated with the award.
3. American Society For Horticulture Science Outstanding Horticulture Student Award - This award recognizes an exceptional undergraduate horticulture student. The award is based on academic achievement, leadership ability, participation in campus activities and service to their department. There is no monetary amount associated with the award.
4. W. H. Darrow Horticultural Prize - Given to an outstanding junior or senior in recognition of superior performance in horticultural science. This award comes from a trust fund.
5. Lewis Ralph Jones Award - Given to a student in recognition of academic achievement, performance in extracurricular activities and a potential for continued development in the plant sciences. This decision is divided between Plant & Soil Science, Forestry, and the Botany Departments and is awarded from a trust fund.
6. James E. Ludlow Endowed Scholarship Fund - This scholarship was established in memory of James Ludlow, class of 1987, to provide scholarship awards to needy and deserving students with preference given to those studying horticulture. The size and number of awards is determined each year by the Director of Financial Aid in consultation with the Chair of the Plant and Soil Science Department. The award amount can be given to one or split between two or more students.
7. Seymour Horticultural Prize - This award was established by William W. Seymour in memory of his father, Henry F. Seymour, class of 1835. It is given to a student who has conducted original horticultural research.
8. Teaching Assistant Award - This award is given to outstanding students that have shown excellence in the classroom as an undergraduate teaching assistant.
Scholarships Awarded outside of Plant and Soil Science
1. Burlington Garden Club - The recipients are honored for their achievements and strong interest in ornamental horticulture. Two awards may be given in memory of former members of the Burlington Garden Club and is presented at one of their spring meetings. Preference is given to residents of Vermont.
2. Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association Award - The Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association present an award to a student who has demonstrated excellence in studies in the field of small fruit and vegetable science.
This award application is completed via the University of Vermont LimeSurvey platform and all information will be available only to the PSS Undergraduare Affairs committee: Terence Bradshaw, chair; Eric Bishop von Wettberg; Annie White; Vic Izzo; Mark Starrett; and Ernesto Mendez, PSS chair.
There are 15 questions in this survey.