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The South Texas Unit of the Herb Society of America is pleased  to announce that it will be awarding at least one $1000 Herb Society of America, South Texas Unit, Madalene Hill Scholarship to a deserving student in the summer of 2019. 


The scholarship is awarded to students who are studying agronomy, horticulture, botany, or a closely-related discipline at an accredited four-year college or university.  The student must be either a permanent resident of Texas or attending an accredited college or university in Texas.  The student must have completed two full years of college and be entering the Junior or Senior year of studies.


The deadline for application is  May 1, 2019


Congratulations to our three deserving 2018 scholarship winners, Kaylee Ites, Larra Elliot and David Figueroa!


Kaylee Ites is starting her senior and final year as a Horticulture Science major at Texas A&M University. She has been awarded a number of academic and service awards and has earned an outstanding grade point average. Kaylee has been active in the Horticulture Club and served as the Greenhouse Manager. Her interships have been completed with Walt Disney World where she learned about irrigation systems in greenhouses, propagations, transplanting, and plants management. She completed another internship with a large Midwestern wholesale Nursery that maintained a wide variety of nursery crops for retail sales. Her long term goal is to continue in the horticultural industry using agricultural systems while conserving natural resources.


Larra B. Elliott is a senior at the Sam Houston State University, majoring in Interdisciplinary Agriculture. She has developed a passion for growing, preserving, and distributing food. At her home, Larra and her family grow selected heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers, and forage for nuts, berries, wild alliums and herbs. She is enrolled in a Master Gardener program and is focusing on holisitic relationships while an optimal land steward. She also has a career goal to attend a graduate school that has a progressive approach to raising food and incorporates urban agriculture and permaculture.


David Figueroa is completing his bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University majoring in Plant and Soil Sciences with a minor in Landscape Architecture studies. David is especially interested in working with tropical fruit trees and nut trees in California and Florida. He has the goal of completing an internship in Hawaii learning about sustainable tropical agriculture, and an additional goal of pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable tropical horticulture and agriculture in tropical Hawaii or South America. His recommendation letter states he is an excellent student who has served on the Horticulture judging team and who has worked at the Lubbock Arboretum.



For additional information, please contact:

Education Committee Chairman

South Texas Unit of The HSA

P.O. Box 6515

Houston, Texas 77265-6515


Or email us at:
    southtexasunit@gmail.com


The Herb Society of America, South Texas Unit, Madalene Hill Scholarships are funded through the profits of our Herb Fair and Herb Day Symposium.


Click here to view the Criteria for Qualification 

Click here to download the Scholarship Application  



Herb Society of America, South Texas Unit, Madalene Hill Scholarship