Southern Nursery Association Funds New Scholarship

Bryson James, Southern Nursery AssociationThe Southern Nursery Association’s (SNA) Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced a new named scholarship that honors Dr. Bryson L. James, who served as Director of Horticultural Research for SNA, James was also coordinator of SNA’s annual conference and Editor of SNA’s annual proceedings for 37 years, and he was active in the SNA Research Conference for nearly 50 years. Dr. James passed away in 2017.

“Very few individuals have impacted horticultural research in the southeast as much as Bryson,” says Marc Teffeau, newly-elected President of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund. “His efforts will have an influence throughout our industry for decades to come. The naming of a scholarship in his honor will be a permanent reminder of his work and love for our industry.”


The SNA Research Conference features a student research competition also named for Dr. James. The Bryson L. James Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their latest research results, hone their communication skills, and compete for cash awards. These students historically demonstrate strong academic and research ability and move forward in the industry to make outstanding contributions.

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is dedicated to one of the most honored horticultural leaders, the late Sidney B. Meadows, a Past President of the Southern Nursery Association, who was an avid supporter of student scholarships and believed that providing aid for students was an important way to ensure the growth and development of all facets of the industry. To date, the fund has awarded a total of $522,000 in scholarships. The financial support offered by the fund has allowed many students the opportunity to begin or continue to work toward their educational goals.

Applications for 2019 scholarships are available online. Those interested in receiving scholarship information or the latest fund news can subscribe to the automated information system on the fund’s website.

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund believes in supporting our horticultural students and protecting the future of the industry. Tax-deductible gift helps ensure students receive support and the horticulture industry remains strong, focused, and innovative for future generations.

Those interested in donating can make checks payable to:
Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund
P.O. Box 801513
Acworth, GA 30101

To initialize a named fund, you must begin with a minimum pledge of $30,000 and an initial payment of $5,000, with payments of $5,000 annually over a five-year period.