The Dr. George Agrios Scholarship Endowment effort is underway with a leadership gift from the Martin Law Firm. With additional giving from alumni, supporters and the Agrios family, $30,000 in pledges has been secured to permanently endow the scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to deserving students in the University of Florida Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) Program and was named to honor the legacy of Dr. George Agrios, the program’s founder and world-renowned plant pathologist.
In the last 20 years, DPM graduates from the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) have benefited from the extensive multidisciplinary instruction covering all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of plant health problems.
Clay Pederson, a 2008 alumnus, continues to be involved with the DPM program, serving as chair of the Alumni Support Committee. Pederson credits the DPM program for propelling him to a successful career. He believes “the creation of this endowment is a huge milestone for the evolution of the program. It’s an opportunity for those to give to a program that provides a unique skillset and education for the future of the agricultural industry.”
You can help to grow this endowment and support future plant health professionals. If you would like to donate to the Dr. George Agrios Scholarship Endowment, click here to give online.
With a special contribution from Agromillora, the first Agrios Scholarship will be awarded at the DPM Alumni BBQ on February 8, 2020. The event is part of DPM’s first February Flora & Fauna Fest and Plant Health Conference. The festival and the first Agrios Scholarship coincide with the International Year of Plant Health. For more information about this event, visit: www.cvent.com/d/chqfmh.
For more information, please contact Caylin Hilton at 352.392.5432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.