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SHINODA FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES HORTICULTURE’S BRIGHTEST WITH 11 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

San Luis Obispo, Calif., July 13, 2012 – Horticulture students from across the nation recently received an investment in their future as the Shinoda Foundation awarded its prestigious scholarships.

“With these awards we honor horticulture’s best and brightest,” said Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “We know as they grow, the industry will grow with them—and that’s an immeasurable investment.”

The Shinoda Foundation Board of Trustees awarded 11 scholarships this year totaling $19,500. In addition, to further advance horticulture education nationwide, the Foundation sends a portion of the awards to educational institutions. Winners’ academic departments receive 10% of the awards to students in their department. This year’s college and university awards total $1,950, bringing the total distribution to $21,450.

The Foundation selects its recipients based on rigorous criteria including career goals, academics, work experience, extracurricular activities and need.

Shinoda Foundation Scholarships

2012-13 recipients of the Shinoda Foundation Scholarships include:

  • Kathleen Collins, Senior, Colorado State University, $1,500
  • Lucas Fedechko, Senior, Pennsylvania State University, $1,500
  • Kelly Hermann, Junior, University of Missouri – Columbia, $1,500
  • Adam Ingrao, Senior, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, $2,500
  • Sarah Leach, Senior, North Carolina State University, $2,500
    Jessie Nielsen, Sophomore, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, $1,000
  • Kristin Potter, Sophomore, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, $1,000
  • Billy Rose, Junior, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, $2,000
  • Ryanna Zoellner, Junior, University of Georgia, $2,000

Floral Design Scholarships

The Shinoda Design Center awards scholarships recognizing exceptional floral design majors at community colleges in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties. For 2012-13, Noemi Garcia of Southwestern College (Chula Vista) received $500.

Los Angeles Flower Market Scholarship

Adam Ingrao, a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is the recipient of this year’s Los Angeles Flower Market Scholarship. The award was created through the Foundation’s directed scholarship program, which provides a simple way to make a lasting tribute to a cherished family member or colleague, or to recognize the importance of an entire company.

California Floral Council Scholarship

This year’s recipient of the California Floral Council (CFC) Scholarship is Billy Rose of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. CFC President Hardy Neuendorff created the annual award in 2005 to help offset rising education costs.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at more than $760,000 to nearly 650 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s website and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its website, www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 962 Pecho St., Morro Bay, CA 93442, or Pat Broering at pbroerin@gmail.com.

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SHINODA FOUNDATION NAMES PRESTIGIOUS SHINODA SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR

San Luis Obispo, Calif., June 21, 2012 – The Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. has named Luke Deitrick of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as its 2012-13 Shinoda Scholar of the Year.

“This prestigious award represents the bright future of our industry,” says Paul Ecke III, president of the Foundation. “Individuals like Luke represent true growth and potential for horticulture as a whole.”

A 22-year-old senior from Geneseo, Illinois, Luke is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with a concentration in Specialty Crops.

He plans to pursue a career in commercial greenhouse floriculture production, with a goal of eventually advancing to a greenhouse management position.

In a letter of recommendation, one of his professors commented, “I have been teaching at the University of Illinois for 38 years, and I would rate Luke in the top 10% of all students.”

Luke is active in a number of extracurricular activities such as Pi Alpha Xi and the Horticulture Club, and has received multiple scholarships and awards.

As the 2012-13 Shinoda Scholar of the Year, Luke received $3,500, a plaque and a letter of recognition.

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SHINODA FOUNDATION NOW RECEIVING 2012-13 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., Jan. 9, 2012 – Shinoda Foundation Scholarship applications are now being received for future growers, retailers, florists, and horticulturists.

   “For college and university students planning careers in floriculture, the Shinoda scholarships present an enviable opportunity for advancement,” says Paul Ecke III, president of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation. “Through them our industry invests in the future, sowing the seeds for a lifetime of success.”

   The Shinoda Foundation Scholarships, including the prestigious Shinoda Scholar of the Year, are bestowed annually. Two additional scholarships honor top floral design students: 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.

   To be considered for any of these awards, students must complete and return the application by March 30, 2012. Winners will be announced by the Shinoda Foundation later in the spring.

   Winners of the scholarships, named in honor of California floral industry pioneer Joseph Shinoda, have gone on to become leaders in floriculture. Among the former beneficiaries are Andy Higgins, president of Ecke Ranch, Encinitas, Calif., and Royal D. Heins, horticulture professor emeritus at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

   The foundation has assisted more than 600 students with a total of more than $740,000 since Richard Tsukushi of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, and George Field of University of California, Davis, received the first Shinoda Scholarships in 1965.

   Undergraduates in accredited colleges, universities, and California community colleges are eligible. Preference will be 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).

  Find downloadable forms and detailed information on the 2012-2013 scholarships at www.shinodascholarship.org, or contact bmccaleb@calpoly.edu; 805-544-0717; or 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401. Beginning in mid-January, information will also be available from horticulture department offices at colleges and universities across the nation.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its website, www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or Barbara McCaleb at bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.

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SHINODA SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION INVESTS OVER $21,000
IN HORTICULTURE’S FUTURE THROUGH ITS 2011-12 AWARDS

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., July 6, 2011 – The Joseph Shinoda Memorial Foundation Inc. recently honored horticulture’s best and brightest, while awarding more than $21,000 in scholarships to students from across the nation.

“These students are the future of our industry,” said Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “It’s a privilege to contribute to their success and the growth of horticulture as a whole.”

Award recipients are carefully selected based on criteria including career goals, work experience, academics, extracurricular activities and need.

Shinoda Foundation Scholarships

The 2011-12 recipients of Shinoda Foundation Scholarships include:

Amy J. Hinkle (Senior), $5,000, Pennsylvania State University.

Jenny S. Freed (Junior/Senior), $3,000, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Brianna M. Swanson (Senior), $3,000, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

George A. Heimos, Jr. (Junior/Senior), $2,500, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Justin L. Schiroo (Senior), $2,000, University of Minnesota.

Bridget L. Baker (Senior), $1,000, Kansas State University.

Brooke Gasteyer (Junior), $1,000, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Katherine E. Sakaguchi (Senior), $1,000, Kansas State University.

As part of its continuing effort to support horticulture education, the Shinoda Foundation also sends 10 percent of each scholarship as an incentive to the winners’ educational institution department.

Floral Design Scholarships

Introduced last year, two of the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships recognize exceptional community college floral design students. Applications are accepted from students majoring in floral design at community colleges in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.

For 2011-12, Christine M. Rutan from Golden West College, Huntington Beacah, Calif., received a $1,000 Shinoda Design Center Scholarship, and Amy L. Rhodes, also from Golden West College, received a $500 Jimmy Shinoda Memorial Scholarship.

Los Angeles Flower Market Scholarship

The recipient of the Los Angeles Flower Market Scholarship is George Heimos, Jr. of University of Missouri Columbia. This award was created through the Foundation’s directed scholarship program, which provides a simple way to make a lasting tribute to a cherished family member or colleague, or to recognize the importance of an entire company.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s website and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its website, www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or Barbara McCaleb at bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.
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PENN STATE’S  AMY JO HINKLE NAMED 2011-12
SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR BY SHINODA FOUNDATION

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., June 15, 2011 – The Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. has selected Amy Jo Hinkle, a Pennsylvania State University horticultural science student, its 2011-12 Shinoda Scholar of the Year. The award honors the best of the best in floriculture, horticulture, or a related field.

“This award, the highest our foundation bestows, recognizes excellence and potential in our industry,” said Paul Ecke III, president of the foundation. “With it we showcase the growth and possibilities that students like Amy represent for horticulture.”

Hinkle most recently assisted renowned Dutch Designer Dorien van den Berg in the creation of Lilytopia at Longwood Gardens. She has interned at Bear Creek Farms in Stillwater, Okla., and hopes to find an internship with a West Coast flower producer. Future plans include opening her own specialty cut flower farm to provide fresh, local, high-quality flowers for florists.

She has received a number of scholarships during her college career, including a $1,000 scholarship from  the Shinoda Foundation in 2009. A senior from Belle Center, Ohio, Hinkle will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture Science with a concentration in business/production.

The Shinoda Scholar of the Year winner receives $5,000, a plaque, and a letter of recognition.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s website and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its website, www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or Barbara McCaleb at bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.
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NEW SHINODA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR
COMMUNITY COLLEGE FLORAL DESIGN STUDENTS

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., June 24, 2010 – Community college floral design students now have new support from the floriculture industry, as the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation announced winners of the first-ever Shinoda Design Center Scholarships and the Jimmy Shinoda Memorial Scholarship.

The new SDC scholarships dedicate educational funding to the floral design segment and support California community colleges in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties.

“My family and I realize the future of the industry lies within our ability to properly present and display the product,” said James Kusuda, a fifth-generation Shinoda family member and vice president of the Shinoda Design Center. “We need floral designers properly trained, and these awards support that effort.”

The Jimmy Shinoda Memorial Scholarships recognize excellence in floral design among students of community colleges in the four counties.

Jimmy, one of Joseph Shinoda’s nephews, started in the industry at San Lorenzo Nursery Company’s floral supply and fresh flower operations before leaving to help his family make Shinoda Design Center one of the largest in-stock wholesale floral supply companies in the U.S.

“The Shinoda family would like to thank everyone who contributed in my grandfather’s name to help establish the Shinoda Design Center Scholarships,” said Kasuda, a member of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 1997. “That enabled us to establish this award honoring my grandfather’s many contributions to the industry.”

2010-11 Winners

Two students were awarded the first $1,000 Shinoda Design Center Scholarships.
They are Suzanne Carr, a sophomore from Oceanside, Calif., a horticulture major, at MiraCosta College, North San Diego County; and Deborah Fehlberg, sophomore, Spring Valley, Calif., floral design major, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon.

One student was named the recipient of the $1,000 Jimmy Shinoda Memorial Scholarship. She is Christina Saavedra, sophomore, Orange, Calif., floral design and shop management major, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, Calif.

To help encourage future scholarship applications, the Shinoda Foundation sends 10 percent of each scholarship to the winners’ educational institution departments. For 2010, total funding awarded is $15,400, including the Shinoda Design Center Scholarships and the Jimmy Shinoda Memorial Scholarship awarded to community college floral design students, plus the Shinoda Foundation Scholarships and Shinoda Scholar of the Year awarded to university horticulture students.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at $720,750 to 617 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s website and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship programs can be obtained from its website, www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or Barbara McCaleb at bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.

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SHINODA FOUNDATION SUPPORTS HORITCULTURE GROWTH,
EDUCATION THROUGH 2010 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., June 2, 2010 – Seven of the nation’s highest-caliber horticulture students are recipients of the esteemed Shinoda Foundation Scholarships, and one exceptional individual has been chosen as the second annual Shinoda Scholar of the Year, the foundation’s most prestigious award.

“The potential, growth, and advancement of horticulture are embodied in these awards,” said Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “We’re proud to support these students as they grow and enrich the future of our industry.”

The foundation carefully selected the award recipients from a pool of 24 of horticulture’s finest students, assessing criteria including career goals, work experience, academics, extracurricular activities, and need.

Shinoda Scholar of the Year

Evan Schnabel of Brookings, S.D., is the 2010 Shinoda Scholar of the Year honoring the best of the best in floriculture, horticulture, or a related field. A senior horticulture major at Iowa State University, Evan also received a Shinoda Foundation Scholarship of $2,500 in 2009.

As an aspiring greenhouse grower, Evan’s horticulture degree includes an emphasis in greenhouse production and management. He completed an internship with TimberPine Nursery and Greenhouse Inc., Earlham, Iowa, and conducted undergraduate research on poinsettia cultivars.

He is a member of Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Honorary, in the top two percent in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State, and served as treasurer of the Iowa State University Horticulture Club.

The Shinoda Scholar of the Year winner receives $5,000, a plaque, a letter of recognition, and will be recognized at the OFA Short Course, U.S. floriculture’s premier educational and trade show event.

Shinoda Foundation Scholarships

2010 recipients of $1,000 Shinoda Foundation Scholarships include:

Jenny Freed, of Loomis, Neb., a junior horticulture major, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Molly Gilbert, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., horticulture, at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Joanna Kusilek, Baldwin, Wisc., horticulture, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

John Lamont, San Luis Obispo, Calif., environmental horticultural science, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

Keri Livingston, San Luis Obispo, Calif., environmental horticultural science, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

Charlotte Vetter, Osakis, Minn., horticulture, South Dakota State University, Brookings.

This year’s recipient of the California Floral Council (CFC) Scholarship is Keri Livingston. CFC President Hardy Neuendorff created the annual award in 2005 to help offset rising education costs.

To help encourage future scholarship applications, the Shinoda Foundation sends 10 percent of each scholarship to the winners’ educational institution departments. For 2010, this brings the total Shinoda Scholarship funding awarded to $12,100.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at $720,750 to 617 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s website and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its website, www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or Barbara McCaleb at bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.

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FOUNDATION SELECTS FIRST-EVER SHINODA SCHOLAR OF YEAR

San Luis Obispo, Calif., July 27, 2009 – The Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. has named Hilary Snavely of Manheim, Pa., a Delaware Valley College horticulture student, as its inaugural Shinoda Scholar of the Year. The award honors the best of the best in floriculture, horticulture, or a related field.

“This esteemed award celebrates the future of our industry,” said Paul Ecke III, president of the foundation. “Through it we put the spotlight on the growth, potential, and possibilities these students represent for us nationwide.”

Snavely’s love of horticulture began with a part-time high school job at a local greenhouse and has grown into a true career. “After graduation, I would like to begin raising vegetables on my family’s farm in the hopes of combining my love for growing things with my passion for agriculture,” she said.

Raised on a farm, she is now a junior majoring in ornamental horticulture with a specialization in floriculture, nursery production, and marketing and a minor in commercial crop production and marketing.

Ranked first in her class at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., Snavely was a Delaware Valley College Agricultural Ambassador and is a member of Collegiate FFA and Horticulture Society. She has received a number of awards including FFA American Degree, Keystone Degree, Red Rose Degree, Chapter Degree, and Greenhand Degree.

Snavely interned with the research and variety trials at the Penn State Southeast Ag Research and Extension Center in Landisville, Pa., and leads a landscape maintenance crew at the Henry Schmieder Arboretum at Delaware Valley College.

In addition to a $5000 scholarship, the Shinoda Foundation’s Scholar of the Year receives a plaque and a letter of recognition.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation
The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at $706,750 to more than 600 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s website and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its website, www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or Barbara McCaleb at bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.

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SHINODA FOUNDATION NAMES 2009-10 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., June 29, 2009 – Seven horticulture students from across the nation have been honored with annual Shinoda Foundation Scholarships totaling $12,500. Only the highest caliber students are eligible, with winners selected from a pool of more than 20 applicants based on their superior academics, career goals, extracurricular activities, work experience and need.

“These students are the future of the industry, and we are pleased to be able to support their endeavors and bolster horticulture’s growth,” said Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation.

The 2009-10 Shinoda Foundation Scholarship awards went to:

  • $5,000 to Hillary Snavely of Manheim, Pa., a junior ornamental horticulture major at Delaware Valley College.
  • $2,500 to Evan Schnabel, Brookings, S.D., junior, horticulture, Iowa State University.
  • $1,000 to Amy Hinkle, Belle Center, Ohio, sophomore, horticulture science, Pennsylvania State University.
  • $1,000 to Rachel Caldwell, Elmer, N.J., senior, ornamental horticulture, Delaware Valley College.
  • $1,000 to Casey Howard, Buellton, Calif., sophomore, environmental horticulture, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.
  • $1,000 to Mark Hudson, Rochester, N.Y., senior, plant science, Cornell University.
  • $1,000 to Christopher von Kohn, Arlington, Texas, sophomore, horticulture, Texas A&M University, College Station.

As an incentive for educational institutions to encourage students to apply for future Shinoda Foundation Scholarships, 10 per cent of each scholarship will be sent to the awardees’ departments, bringing the total funding awarded for 2009-10 to $13,250.

In addition, Casey Howard was designated as the recipient of the annual California Floral Council (CFC) Scholarship, established in 2005 by CFC President Hardy Neuendorff to help offset rising education costs.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation
The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at $706,750 to more than 600 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s website and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its website, www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or Barbara McCaleb at bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.

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SHINODA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., Dec. 15, 2008 – The Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. have announced a new scholarship award for 2009, the Shinoda Scholar of the Year. The scholarship will be awarded to the highest-ranking applicant as determined by the Shinoda trustees. The winner of the Shinoda Scholar of the Year will receive $5,000, a plaque, and a letter of recognition.

The scholarship is open to any student studying floriculture, horticulture or a related field. Applications for the Scholar of the Year award are available on the Shinoda Foundation website at www.shinodascholarship.org. Information about applications will also be sent in January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications for the new award will be accepted from Jan. 1, through March 30, 2009.

“We are extremely proud to offer this prestigious new award from the Shinoda Foundation,” said Paul Ecke, III, president of the foundation. “The Scholar of the Year will be an enduring award, both for the recipients and for the future of our industry.”

The first winner of the Shinoda Scholar of the Year will be announced in spring 2009. The award will be presented at the OFA Short Course held July 12-13 in Columbus, Ohio. Transportation and accommodations for the scholarship recipient will be provided by Ball Horticulture. The student will also receive complimentary Short Courses and Trade Show registration from OFA.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation
The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. Its purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $694,000 to 600 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its website (www.shinodascholarship.org) or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or Barbara McCaleb at bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.

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RECIPIENTS OF 2008-09 SHINODA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS NAMED

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., June 27, 2008 – The Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. have named the recipients of the 2008-09 Shinoda Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships are given to students studying floriculture, horticulture, and related fields. Seven students received a total of $12,000 to assist in funding their upcoming academic year.

“The Shinoda Foundation congratulates each of its 2008-09 scholarship recipients,” said Paul Ecke III, president of the foundation. “These students are the future of the horticulture industry and the foundation is proud to continue its support of this next generation of leaders.”

In 2005, the Board of Trustees increased the Shinoda Scholarship awards, in part to help defray the increased costs of attending school. However, the board also believes that increased scholarship awards will attract the highest quality students, encouraging them to apply for the funding and pursue careers in floriculture.

The recipients of the 2008-09 Shinoda Scholarships are:

  • $3,000 to Leann Kootz, senior, horticulture major, Kansas State University;
  • $2,000, Jessica Goeble, senior horticulture, Kansas State University;
  • $2,000, Nathan Lang, senior, horticulture, University of Wisconsin, River Falls;
  • $2,000, Kimberly Oellerich, senior, horticulture, The Pennsylvania State University;
  • $1,000, Christopher Shogren, junior, environmental horticulture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo;
  • $1,000, Christopher von Kohn, sophomore, horticulture, Texas A&M University;
  • $1,000, Amanda Rosa, senior, environmental horticulture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Rosa was designated the recipient of the California Floral Council Scholarship. The CFC Scholarship which was established in 2005 by the council to help offset the rising costs of education. It was created with an initial gift of $15,000 presented to the Shinoda Foundation by Hardy Neuendorff, president of the CFC, and enhanced by an additional $5,000 this year. Neuendorff established the CFC Scholarship in perpetuity.

In addition to the $12,000 in scholarship awards, a grant equal to 10 per cent of each scholarship will be sent to the awardees’ departments as an incentive for them to encourage students to apply for future Shinoda Scholarships. This additional funding totaled $1,200 in 2008, bringing the total funding awarded for 2008-09 to $13, 200.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation
The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $694,000 to 600 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundations website and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its website at www.shinodascholarship.org or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or Barbara McCaleb at bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.

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Shinoda Foundation Announces New Named Scholarship Program

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., Feb. 27, 2008 – The Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. has been awarding scholarships to deserving floriculture students for more than 40 years. In 2008, the foundation will broaden its reach to college students who are pursuing careers in floral design with the establishment of the Shinoda Design Center Floral Design Scholarship program.

The Shinoda Design Center Floral Design scholarships are named scholarships established by the Shinoda Design Center of Santa Ana and San Diego, Calif. According to James Kasuda, great-great-nephew of Joseph Shinoda and general manager for the Shinoda Design Center’s San Diego facility, the reasoning for the new scholarship program is to recognize the efforts of floral design students pursuing a Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Arts Degree in floral design or floral management.

“Retail and floral design drive the whole floral industry,” Kasuda says. “With the Shinoda Design Center Floral Design Scholarship program, the Shinoda Design Center wishes to award and aid students who mostly study at community or junior colleges to obtain their floral design education.”

“Many students studying floral design in junior colleges are doing so as part of a vocational training program and alongside a full-time job,” said Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “They have families and many other obligations. This scholarship is especially important to them and could mean the difference between continuing or dropping their studies. We’re extremely grateful and honored the Shinoda Design Center has stepped up on behalf of these students.”

The Shinoda Design Center Floral Design Scholarship program will award two $500 scholarships to students enrolled in an accredited university or community college and working toward a certificate or associate degree in floral design or floral management. Recipients are limited to institutions within Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties in California. Students entering their second year with a clearly established career intent will be given preference. Scholarships will begin for the 2009-10 academic year.

Students interested in applying for the Shinoda Design Center Floral Design Scholarships may obtain application forms from the Shinoda Foundation at www.shinodascholarship.org.

About the Foundation

The Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation was established in 1964 to provide financial assistance to deserving students who are pursuing a career in the floricultural industry. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $682,000 to 593 worthy college and university students, as well as an additional $187,000 in grants to floriculture departments and programs. For more information on the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. or the named scholarship program, visit www.shinodascholarship.org.

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Call for Updates from Former Shinoda Recipients

San Luis Obispo, Calif., Nov. 6, 2007 – If you are a former recipient of a Shinoda Foundation Scholarship, the Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. would like to hear from you.

Since 1965, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $682,000 to 593 undergraduate floriculture students. Many of those students have gone on to take positions in floriculture companies, establish their own floriculture businesses, and become leaders in floriculture’s academic community.

Where are you in your career today? How has the Shinoda Scholarship contrib-uted to your career?

“The Shinoda Foundation is proud of the number of students we’ve been able to assist since 1965,” says Paul Ecke III, president of the foundation. “Former recipients have literally spread across the globe. Our goal in requesting updates from our former winners is to get an idea of how wide-reaching the Shinoda Scholarship has become, and the affects it’s had on the floriculture industry.”

The Shinoda Foundation would like to hear your story. Former Shinoda Scholarship recipients are encouraged to contact the foundation with updates on when and where you received your scholarship, how it affected your floriculture education, and where you are in your career today.

Updates can be sent via e-mail to bmccaleb@calpoly.edu or via mail to Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401.

About the Foundation

The Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The founda-tion’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. It was incorporated as a separate entity in 1972.

Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s web site and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its internet site at www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to:  Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San
Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, or by e-mail to: bmccaleb@calpoly.edu.

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Shinoda Scholarship Recipients for 2007 – 08 Announced

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., June 20, 2007 — The Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2007-08 Shinoda Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships are given to students studying floriculture, horticulture, and related fields. Eight students received a total of $20,000 to assist in funding their upcoming academic year.

   “The Shinoda Foundation is delighted to be able to offer these students assistance with their horticultural studies,” says Paul Ecke, III, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “Our industry is dependent on this next generation of students, and the foundation recognizes that helping them now helps us all in the future.”

   In 2005, the Board of Trustees approved an increase in the Shinoda scholarship awards. The move was due in part to help defray the increased costs of attending school. The board also believes that increasing the scholarship awards will attract the highest quality students, encouraging them to apply for the funding and pursue their careers in floriculture.

   The recipients of the 2007-08 Shinoda Scholarships are:

  • $5,000 to Jessica Goeble, senior, horticulture major, Kansas State University
  • $3,500 to Kimberly Oellerich, junior, horticulture, Pennsylvania State University
  • $3,500 to Jessica Pries, senior, horticulture and agriculture education double major, University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • $2,500 to Janelle Burkard, senior, horticulture major, South Dakota State University
  • $1,500 to Kristin Phillips, senior, horticulture major, Texas Tech University
  • $1,000 to Heather Moore, senior, environmental horticulture science major, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • $1,000 to Kestrel Lannon, senior, environmental horticulture science major, North Carolina State University
  • $1,000 to Christopher Shogren, sophomore, environment horticulture major, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

   In addition to the $1,000 Shinoda Scholarship, Heather Moore also received the $1,000 California Floral Council Scholarship. The CFC Scholarship was established in 2005 with a gift of $15,000 presented to the Shinoda Foundation by Hardy Neuendorff, president of the CFC. Neuendorff established the CFC Scholarship in perpetuity to help offset the rising costs of education.

   In addition to the $20,000 in scholarship awards, 10 per cent of each scholarship will be sent to the awardees’ departments. This additional funding is for the purpose of encouraging students to apply for future Shinoda Scholarships. This incentive funding totaled $2,000 for 2007, bringing the total amount awarded by the foundation for 2007-08 to $22,000.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation

   The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of California’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $682,000 to 593 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

   Information about applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships is sent each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation. Applications are available on the foundation’s website and accepted from January until March 30 each year.

   Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its internet site www.shinodascholarship.org or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

 

Recipients of 2006-07 Shinoda Scholarships Announced

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., Aug. 22, 2006 – The Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2006-07 Shinoda Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships are given to students studying floriculture, horticulture, and related fields. Six students received a total of $18,000 to assist in funding their upcoming academic year.

   “The pool of applicants becomes more competitive each year,” says Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “We are thrilled to see the next generation have such interest in a career in horticulture, and we are pleased to support them in their studies.”

   In 2005, the Board of Trustees approved an increase in the Shinoda Scholarship awards. The move was due in part to help defray the increased costs of attending school. The board also believes that increasing the scholarship awards will attract the highest quality students, encouraging them to apply for the funding and pursue their careers in floriculture. This year’s recipients are the first group to benefit from this increased scholarship funding.

   The recipients of the 2006-07 Shinoda Scholarships are:

  • $5,000 to senior Jamie K. Mastright, 24, Ventura, Calif., an environmental horticulture science major at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
  • $3,500 to sophomore Kelly D. Norris, 19, Bedford, Iowa, a horticulture major at Iowa State University.
  • $3,500 to senior Jessica D. Ritter, 22, West Point, Neb., a horticulture major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • $3,000 to senior Russ P. Newman, 27, Nipomo, Calif., an environmental horticulture science major at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
  • $2,000 to senior Krystle L. Peelen, 21, Sanborn, Iowa, a horticulture major at South Dakota State University.
  • $1,000 to senior Heather R. Ephraim, 23, Quartz Hill, Calif., an environmental horticulture science major at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

   Heather Ephraim was designated as the recipient of the California Floral Council Scholarship. This is the first year this scholarship has been awarded by the Shinoda Foundation. A gift of $15,000 was presented to the Shinoda Foundation by Hardy Neuendorff, president of the CFC, in 2005 to establish the CFC Scholarship in perpetuity. According to Neuendorff, education is critical to help young people meet the expanding demands of the floral industry. The CFC gift, Neuendorff hopes, will help offset the rising costs of education.

   In addition to the $18,000 in scholarship awards, 10 percent of each scholarship will be sent to the awardees’ departments. This additional funding is for the purpose of encouraging students to apply for future Shinoda Scholarships. The additional scholarship funding totaled $1,800 for the current year, bringing the total funding awarded in 2006-07 to $19,800.

   The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $662,000 to 585 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

   Applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships are distributed each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation.

   Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Internet site (www.shinodascholarship.org) or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

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Shinoda Foundation Increases Award Levels for Floriculture Students

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., Oct. 6, 2005 – It’s a fact of life that as time moves on, even the most basic necessities rise in price. This hasn’t escaped the notice of the Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc.

The board has approved an increase in the Shinoda scholarship awards, in part to help defray the increased costs of attending schools. The foundation awards these scholarships to students studying floriculture, horticulture, and related fields, and has given over $644,000 in scholarships to 579 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

“The trustees made a decision to increase the amounts of the scholarships for several reasons,” says Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “An increase in the cost of school – and living in general – was one very important factor.” For the current academic year, the award levels have been increased to $1,500-$3,500. The six scholarships awarded for 2005-06 totaled $15,000. The foundation’s goal is to give even larger scholarships in the future.

Cost of living was just one reason for adjusting award levels. The trustees hope that increasing the scholarship awards will attract the highest quality students, encouraging them to apply for the funding and pursue their careers in floriculture. “We also hope the higher award values will raise the prestige of the Shinoda Scholarships in the eyes of the students and their departments,” Ecke says.

“The late Joseph Shinoda, in whose memory these awards are given, was a highly regarded man in the field. These awards, too, are respected in the industry and will go a long way toward creating horticulture’s future great leaders.”

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc.

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry.

The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. The foundation was incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, and, in addition to the more than $644,000 in scholarships, has also given $160,000 in grants to floriculture departments and programs.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Internet site, www.shinodascholarship.org, or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San luis Obispo, CA, 93401, 805-544-0717, bmccaleb@shinodascholarship.org.

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Shinoda Awards Offer Unique Benefits to Colleges & Universities

San Luis Obispo, Calif., Oct. 6, 2005 – Over the past 30 years, the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. and its trustees have supported the future of horticulture through academic scholarships to outstanding students in the field. The foundation’s reach extends even further with its support of academic departments.

Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation, said additional funding is available to horticulture-related academic programs in conjunction with the Shinoda memorial funds. “In addition to the set dollar amount awarded with the scholarships, 10 percent of each scholarship will be sent to the awardees’ departments to help them encourage students to apply for the Shinoda funds,” Ecke added.

This additional support going toward the academic program is unlike any other scholarship award currently available to horticulture students. It is in addition to the award received by the student. For example, if a student is awarded $3,000, the student’s department will receive $300 in support of efforts to spread the word about Shinoda scholarship opportunities.

Ecke and the Shinoda trustees feel the true beneficiaries of these funds will be the students. “The Shinoda Scholarships make a big difference in the lives of students hoping to pursue careers in horticulture,” Ecke said.

“We want to make sure that students are aware these funds exist, and encourage them to apply for what could be much needed resources at a critical time in their lives. Partnering with academic departments is a great way to help increase awareness of the Shinoda Foundation among those who need it most.”

For 2005-06, $15,000 was awarded among six students nationwide. The Shinoda Foundation awarded another $1,500 divided among those students’ horticultural programs in order to raise awareness among students of the foundation’s scholarships and its mission.

About the Joseph Shinoda Scholarship Foundation

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry.

The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people insterested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $644,000 to 579 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965, as well as an additional $160,000 in grants to floriculture departments and programs.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Internet site www.shinodascholarship.org or by writing to Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, 805-544-0717, bmccaleb@shinodascholarship.org.

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Shinoda Foundation Announces $15,000 Gift From California Floral Council

   San Luis Obispo, Calif., Sept. 2, 2005 – The Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. have received a gift of $15,000 from the California Floral Council (CFC).  These funds were presented to Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation, by Hardy Neuendorff, president of the CFC, on July 21 to establish a CFC Scholarship. The CFC gift is the single largest donation to the Shinoda Foundation since its incorporation in 1972.

“It’s only through education that the interests and potential of young people can be developed to meet the expanding demands of the floral industry,” said Neuendorff. “With the costs of education escalating yearly, the need for scholarships is critical. It’s our honor to make this contribution.”

Ecke Said CFC’s gift is a greatly appreciated donation to the Shinoda Foundation’s mission. “The foundation encourages individuals, companies, and other groups to consider establishing a named scholarship like CFC,” Ecke added. “A gift such as theirs pays homage to a person’s past dedication while furthering floriculture’s future.”

About the California Floral Council

California Floral Council was formed in 1959 to provide legal support and advice to California growers with labor-related problems. The CFC Board of Directors has always been carefully selected to represent both the Northern and the Southern California growers.

For many years, the floral council has provided Workers Compensation coverage, newsletters, seminars, and other useful information to its grower members, as well as represented grower interests on legislative issues in Sacramento.

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The Foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. The Foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry.

Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $644,000 to 579 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965, as well as an additional $163,000 in grants to floriculture departments and programs.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Internet site www.shinodascholarship.org or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, 805-544-0717, bmccaleb@shinodascholarship.org

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Shinoda Foundation Announces Winners of 2005-06 Scholarships

San Luis Obispo, Calif., June 24, 2005 – The Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. have announced that six students will share the $15,000 in its awards for the 2005-06 academic year. These Shinoda Scholarships are given to students studying floriculture, horticulture, and their related fields.

“We’re pleased to see students from across the country work toward a career in the horticulture industry,” says Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “The foundation is honored to support their studies in a field that brings such satisfaction to us all.”

The recipients of the 2005-06 Shinoda Scholarships are:

$3,500 to senior Julia C. Brotton, 21, Bartlesville, Okla., a horticulture major at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

$3,000 to senior Ryan A. Pekarek, 21, Dwight, Neb., horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.

$3,000 to senior Natalie M. Thomas, 22, Riley, Kan., horticulture, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

$2,000 to senior Elizabeth L. Brown, 22, Red Bluff, Calif., environmental horticultural science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

$2,000 to senior Matt A. Novak, 21, Modoc, Kan., horticulture, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

$1,500 to senior Jennifer K. Boldt, 22, Melbourne, Fla., environmental horticulture/business administration, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., graduating in December.

Ecke also announced additional funding in conjunction with the scholarships. “In addition to the $15,000 in scholarship awards, 10 percent of each scholarship will be sent to the awardees’ departments to help encourage other students to apply for Shinoda Scholarships,” Ecke said. “For 2005-06 that equals $1,500 going toward raising awareness among students of the foundation’s scholarships and its mission.”

About the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc.

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 under auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. The foundation’s purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering the industry. Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $644,000 to 579 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships are distributed each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Internet site www.shinodascholarship.org or by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401.

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SHINODA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NAMED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (4/4/05)

  SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. In keeping with its 40-year tradition of awarding scholarships to deserving students preparing for careers in the commercial floriculture industry, the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. will now offer companies and individuals the opportunity to donate funds for a “named” scholarship program.

The program would allow donors, through their contributions, to name scholarships and determine the qualifications for their recipients. The Shinoda Foundation will solicit the student applications for the scholarships, as well as administer the selection process, manage the funds, and publicize the contributors’ efforts.

“This program will allow the foundation to award even more students each year,” said Paul Ecke, III, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “It will help ensure that our industry has a consistent supply of creative and well educated students to take leadership roles for the future, while giving donors well-deserved recognition for their generosity.”

The minimum donation to qualify for the named scholarship program is $1000. Contributors will have the option of donating one time, or being billed annually. Memorial scholarships may be collected from multiple sources and then awarded in the name of an individual.

The foundation will provide contributors with a simple form to assist them in determining their desired qualifications for the named scholarship.

The Shinoda Foundation was established in 1964 to provide financial assistance to deserving students who are pursuing careers in the floriculture industry. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $644,000 to 579 college and university students, as well as an additional $160,000 in grants to floriculture departments and programs.

More information on the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation or the Named Scholarship Program is available on the foundation’s Internet site at www.shinodascholarship.org.

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2004-05 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS NAMED BY SHINODA TRUSTEES ( 8/5/04)

  SAN LUIS OBISPO , CALIF. – Twelve students at eight universities across the nation have been awarded scholarships for the 2004-05 academic year by the trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

  All enrolled in floriculture, horticulture, and related programs, the recipients will share the $13,000 being awarded by the foundation this year.

  Paul Ecke III, president of the foundation and chairman of its board of trustees, said Kimberly M. Terrell and Natalie M. Thomas, both enrolled at Kansas State University , will receive $2,500 scholarships.

  Terrell, from Kearney , Mo. , is a 21-year-old senior, majoring in horticulture, and Thomas, of Riley , Kan. , is 21 and a senior horticulture major.

  The other recipients of Shinoda Scholarships for 2004-05 are:

  $1,500 – Kendra O. Hutchins, Northampton , Mass. , 29, senior, plant and soil science, University of Massachusetts .

  $1,000 – Jessica L. Boldt, Melbourne, Fla., 21, senior, environmental horticulture, University of Florida; Ryan A. Pekarek, Dwight, Neb., 20, junior, horticulture, University of Nebraska; and Michael D. Von Weihe, Carson, Iowa, 21, senior, horticulture, Kansas State University.

  $750 – Allison C. Cyrus, Appomattox, VA., 19, senior, horticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Brian C. Henriott, Danville, Calif., 24, junior, environmental horticultural science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

  $500 – Audrey M. Chaney, Atascadero, Calif., 20, junior, agricultural education, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Matthew S. Helgeson, Lake Mills, Iowa, 19, sophomore, horticulture, Iowa State University; and Lacy L. O’Connell, Menomonie, Wis., 20, senior, horticulture, University of Wisconsin, River Falls; and Robb J. Smith, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 20, junior, environmental horticultural science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

  Also announced by the Shinoda Foundation were incentive grants totaling $1,300 to the various departments in which the 2003-04 scholarship recipients are studying and a $5,000 grant to the Horticulture and Crop Science Department at California Polytechnic State University , San Luis Obispo .

  Ecke, who also is president of Paul Ecke Ranch, Encinitas , Calif. , said the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. is an educational entity headquartered in San Luis Obispo , Calif.

  It was established in 1964 under auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. Its purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering that industry.

  Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $629,000 to 573 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

  Applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships are distributed each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation.

  Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Internet site www.shinodascholarship.org or by writing to: “Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz , San Luis Obispo , CA , 93401 .”

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SHINODA TRUSTEES NAME 2003-04 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS (7/3/03)

    SAN LUIS OBISPO , CALIF. — Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship foundation have designated ten students from universities across the nation to receive the foundation’s scholarship awards for the 2003-04 academic year.

All enrolled in floriculture, horticulture, and related programs, the recipients will share the $13,250 being awarded by the foundation this year.

Paul Ecke III , president of the foundation and chairman of its board of trustees, said Emily A. Stefanski of Tekonsha , Mich. , will receive a $3000 Shinoda Scholarship. She is a 21-year-old senior majoring in horticulture at Michigan State University .

Other recipients of Shinoda Scholarships for 2003-04 are:

$1,750 – Larkin G. Moore, Ames , Iowa , 39, senior, horticulture, Iowa State University .

$1,500 – Karyn A. Traum, Hartsburg , Ill. , 21, senior, horticulture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

$1,250 – Kimberly M. Terrell, Kearney, Mo., 20, junior, horticulture, Kansas State University, and Natalie M. Thomas, Riley, Kans., 20, junior, horticulture, also Kansas State University.

$1,000 – Andria M. Hesnard, Roca, Neb., 21, senior, horticulture, Oklahoma State University; Megan A. Moody, Bixby, Okla., 20, junior, horticulture, Oklahoma State University; and Elizabeth St. Pierre, Lawrenceburg, Ky., 20, senior, plant and soil science, University of Kentucky.

$750 – Amanda L. Schott, Brogue, Pa., 20, senior, horticulture, Pennsylvania State University, and Janice L. Smith, Julian, N.C., 55, senior, landscape design and horticulture, North Carolina A&T State University.

Also announced by the Shinoda Foundation were incentive grants totaling $1,325 to the various departments in which the 2003-04 scholarship recipients are studying.

Ecke, who also is president of Paul Ecke Ranch, Encinitas , Calif. , said the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. is an educational entity headquarted in San Luis Obispo , Calif.

It was established in 1964 under auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly regarded pioneer of that state’s floral industry. Its purpose is to encourage educational opportunities for young people interested in entering that industry.

Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, the foundation has awarded scholarships valued at over $616,000 to 561 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships are distributed each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at universities across the nation.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Internet site www.shinodascholarship.org or by writing to: “Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 La Paz , San Luis Obispo , CA , 93401 .”

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SHINODA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS FOR 2002-03 ANNOUNCED (7/3/02)

SAN LUIS OBISPO , CALIF. – Twelve students at eight universities and colleges across the nation have been selected by trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. to receive scholarships during the 2002-03 academic year.

The recipients are enrolled in floriculture, horticulture, and related programs. They will share the $14,250 being awarded by the foundation this year, according to Paul Ecke III, its president and chairman of its Board of Trustees.

Ecke, who is president of Paul Ecke Ranch, Encinitas , Calif. , said two of the 2002-03 recipients will receive $2000 Shinoda Scholarships.

They are Dru N. Bernthal of Frankenmuth , Mich. , a 21-year-old senior majoring in horticulture at Michigan State University , and Melanie L. Welles, Ixonia , Wis. , 22, senior, horticulture, University of Wisconsin , River Falls .

In addition the foundation designated Gina Armas of Merced , Calif. , 22 and a senior environmental horticultural science major at Cal Poly State University , San Luis Obispo , to receive the $2,000 ETFA (Extra Touch Floral Association, formerly the FTD Association) District 15B Scholarship for 2002-03.

Other recipients of Shinoda Scholarships for 2002-03 are:

   $1,250 – Susan H. Raker, Jonesville , Mich. , 21, senior, horticulture, Michigan State University .

$1,000 – Janna E. Hogue, Odebolt, Iowa, 23, senior, horticulture, Iowa State University; Amy L. Dykstra, Middleville, Mich., 20, junior, horticulture, Michigan State University; and Rose C. Graef, Santa Ynez, Calif., 21, senior, environmental horticultural science, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

Also Holly L. Laures, Rochester, Minn., 21, senior, horticulture, University of Wisconsin, River Falls; Tracey L. Payton, Bartlesville, Okla., 22, senior, horticulture, Oklahoma State University; and Jennifer L. Yarbrough, Winston Salem, N.C., 20, junior, horticultural science, North Carolina State University .

$500 – Jacqueline M. Bergquist, Hayward, Calif., 19, sophomore, environmental horticulture, University of California, Davis, and Margaret M. Haener, Aurora, Ore., 20, junior, horticulture, Oregon State University.

Also announced by the Shinoda Foundation were incentive grants totaling $1,425 to the various departments in which the 2002-03 scholarship recipients are studying.

Ecke said the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. is an educational entity headquarted in San Luis Obispo , Calif.

The foundation was established in 1964 under the auspices of the California State Florists’ Association in memory of the late Joseph Shinoda, a highly respected pioneer of California ’s floral industry. It has the express purpose of encouraging educational opportunities for young people interested in entering that industry.

Incorporated as a separate entity in 1972, it has awarded scholarships valued at $603,000 to 551 undergraduate floriculture students since 1965.

Officers of the foundation, in addition to Ecke, are Susan Koch Snyder of Koch California Ltd., Nipomo , Calif. , vice president; Dan Vordale, Ocean View Flowers LLC, Lompoc , Calif. , secretary; and Paul Nielsen, Central Coast Wholesale Florist Inc., Santa Barbara , Calif. , treasurer. Barbara McCaleb of San Luis Obispo, Calif., is its executive secretary.

Applications for the Shinoda Foundation’s scholarships are distributed each January to horticulture and floriculture departments at campuses across the nation.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Internet site <www.shinodascholarship.org> or by writing to: “Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz , San Luis Obispo , CA , 93401 .”

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