David Roberts is the recipient of the American Floral Endowment’s BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship. Student candidates for the scholarship were evaluated on the basis of sound academic performance and a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Roberts is a graduate student at North Carolina State University and hopes to one day earn his Ph.D. and dedicate his life to researching and teaching.
“I plan to one day give back to the academic community that has already done so much for me,” Roberts says. “Nothing would make me happier than working for a land-grant university like NC State and until that day, I will pour all of my efforts and energies into achieving that goal.”
The BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship is intended for sophomore, junior or senior students pursuing a career in floriculture. While it is not mandatory, it is strongly desired that the student be interested in furthering the use of integrated pest management (IPM) or sustainable practices, and preference is given in this area. BioWorks hopes to encourage young people to pursue a career in floriculture or horticulture and will support those pursuits with the scholarship.