College of the Ozarks Senior receives $1,000 Scholarship from the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks:
Laura Pennington of Wichita, Kansas is a senior at College of the Ozarks. She has been given a $1,000 scholarship from the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks. "I really needed this money.. it'll help out a lot", said Laura. Ms. Pennington started as a freshman at C of O and her first job was working in the cafeteria. "My Aunt and Mom and Dad are all graduates of C of O... it became an easy choice for school", says Laura. She has been very active in school. Along with her work duties at the green houses; She was president of the on campus Horticulture Club and president of the Rotaract ( a college version of the Rotary Club). We asked how she was able to learn all the various plants that C of O sells in the green houses. "...the best learning experience I had was working in the sign shop making signs for all of them", she said with a smile. Laura will graduate with a degree in Agriculture with an emphasis on Horticulture. She plans to move back to Wichita where she will work at the Botanica Gardens. Also, she has plans underway for a March wedding.
We briefly visited with David Ray and Nathan Bell.. Supervisors of the Horticulture Dept of the College. David said, " ..if it's green; we take care of it." The Green Houses will have 250,000 bedding plants. "We will sell a thousand Hibiscus plants". There is close to 1,000 acres of mowing and weed eating to be done. "We do it all with Staff and 72 horticulture students".
Master Gardener President Dave Smith and Committee Chairperson Elaine Fischer said "we are delighted to help". Past President of Master Gardeners Kathyrn Kufahl says "Every person we can help with our scholarship program will go into the field of Horticulture and that benifits us all".
Laura told us that she will use the money to buy a much needed lap top computer and a printer.