By Bill Homyak
The San Diego Horticultural Society is proud to announce its 2015 Community College Scholarship Awardees. The SDHS provides $1000 scholarships for deserving students in local community colleges who are pursuing a degree in the horticultural trades. With the ever-increasing costs of tuition, books, and living expenses, it is the goal of the San Diego Horticultural Society to provide funds which will enhance the student’s ability to complete their educational goals.
Scholarships are provided to the Landscape and Nursery Technology Program at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, the Horticulture Program at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, and the Ornamental Horticulture Program at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon.
This year’s recipients are:
Wyatt Hayes is currently a student in the Landscape and Nursery Technology program at Southwestern College. Wyatt has expressed interest in both the plant propagation/nursery field and in landscape design and installation. He has worked in a local nursery that specializes in exotic fruit trees and has participated in plant sales. He will be receiving the Bill Teague Memorial Scholarship. We wish him a successful career in his chosen field.
Dennis Vosper is currently a student at MiraCosta College’s Horticulture program and is working on his AA degree in Horticulture. Upon completion of his degree, he plans to transfer to Cal State San Marcos and major in applied physics and earn a minor degree in the biological sciences. Dennis is married and has five children between the ages of 7 and 15. His ultimate goal is to own and operate an aquaculture farm and develop new systems and methods to improve that industry. And, in putting his money where his mouth is, he currently has his own home tank raising fish for family consumption. The SDHS has awarded Dennis the Fred B. Meyer Memorial Scholarship, and we wish to congratulate him on his achievement.
David Boggs is currently enrolled in the Ornamental Horticulture program at Cuyamaca College, where he has earned degrees in Arboriculture, Golf and Sports Turf Management, and Irrigation Technology, and a certificate in Sustainable Urban Landscapes. He has become an ISA Certified Arborist and holds a Qualified Applicators License in Landscape Maintenance, Right-of-Way, and Forest.. Once completing his studies at Cuyamaca College, David plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture at Oregon State University through their online program, and work toward a Masters in Environmental Resources with a focus on Urban Forestry and Water. He currently works at Sharp Memorial Hospital as campus Horticulturist, where he is responsible for the care of the specialty healing gardens, etc. David has received the Don and Dorothy Walker Scholarship and the SDHS wishes him success in his future endeavors.