2014-15 Shinoda Scholarship Applications Available

The Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship FoundationA key opportunity is available for students planning a career in floriculture — Shinoda Memorial Scholarship applications are now open. Named in honor of California floral industry pioneer Joseph Shinoda, the awards recognize high-performing students of floriculture and related fields.

“We dedicate ourselves to expanding the possibilities for floriculture students across the nation,” says Bob Otsuka, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “This is a chance for our industry to help students explore their potential and lay the groundwork for success.”

Annually, the foundation awards the prestigious Shinoda Foundation Scholarships, including its highest honor, the Shinoda Scholar of the Year. In recent years, the awards have expanded to include the floral design segment through the Shinoda Design Center Scholarship and the Jimmy Shinoda Memorial Scholarship, which support California community colleges in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.

College students planning careers in floriculture and related fields can visit ShinodaScholarship.org to download applications and detailed information on the 2014-2015 scholarships.

To be considered for the Shinoda scholarships, students should complete and return applications by March 30, 2014. Winners are announced by the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation later in the spring.

Undergraduates in accredited colleges, universities and California community colleges are eligible for the scholarship. Preference is given to applicants who have indicated a strong commitment of furthering their education in the field of floriculture (production, research, retail, floral education, floral design and sales and marketing).

Information about the 2014-15 Shinoda Scholarships is available at ShinodaScholarship.org or by contacting pbroerin@gmail.com or Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 962 Pecho St., Morro Bay, CA 93442. In mid-January, information will also be available from horticulture department offices at colleges and universities across the country.

Since the first scholarships were awarded in 1965, the foundation has presented awards valued at more than $760,000 to nearly 650 undergraduate floriculture students.

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