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2020 Scholarship Winners

Hanna LeFlore

     Hanna is in the Horticulture program at Stephen F. Austin State University.

     She has had a life-long interest in plants but did not realize she could turn her passion into a career until she took her first horticulture course and grew her first vegetable and herb garden.  

     She is particularly interested in working in greenhouse management, producing massive amounts of plants and maintaining them. She is also very interested in conserving native plants along with eradicating invasive plants and educating the public, especially in association with landscaping and maintaining natural areas. She would consider growing fruits and vegetables organically and selling locally, encouraging the importance of local business.

      She currently works at the SFASU Plantery as an assistant and continues to learn and gain experience in the exciting field of horticulture. She hopes to make a positive impact on our natural world.

Gabriel L. Pletan

     Gabriel is attending Stephen F. Austin State University in the horticulture program. 

     He loves gardening! Before coming to SFASU he  always had a 1,500 square foot garden where he grew peppers, tomatoes, squash, okra onions and  more. He now works in the grounds department of SFASU.

     In addition to his garden activities he enjoys raising and messing around with chickens and beef cattle and  racing pigeons.  He worked for the local plant nursery and florist nearly three years, learning how to do everything that had to get done on the nursery side of the business. He would unload the plant delivery trucks, stock the plants, help the customers with selection of plants, check them out, and so much more.

     He wants to get a degree in horticulture and is really looking forward to going to his first National Collegiate Landscape Competition this Spring (2020). After graduation he would like to return to the north Texas area and open his own greenhouses with a goal to become a commercial plant grower.