Mangum Scholarship Encourages Studies In Ornamental Horticulture

The Robert and Shirley Mangum Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications from Montgomery County residents interested in pursuing studies and careers in the fields of ornamental horticulture, floriculture, greenhouse growing, interior landscaping and related studies. The deadline for application is April 27, and the winner will be notified in May.

Administered by the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, the $2000 Mangum Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a county resident who has demonstrated character, scholarship and talent, and who is interested in pursuing an education and eventual career in the Maryland horticultural industry. 

Previous coursework and experience should demonstrate an interest in the horticulture industry as a whole.  The applicant must have excellent references from employers, instructors, and/or industry contacts. Other requirements include an overall grade point average of 3.0 or greater in their current studies. The scholarship can be used to attend any accredited two-year or four-year educational institution located within the United States.  

The educational scholarship began in 2004 to honor Montgomery County residents Bob and Shirley Mangum. The Mangum’s businesses, Bell Flowers, Bell Nursery and Premier Plantscapes continue under the stewardship of the Mangum family today. The couple was also involved with the Montgomery County Farm Bureau for many years, and Mr. Mangum served on the board of directors. 

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