STARS (Southeast Top Agricultural Recruits Scholarship) is the Southeast Produce Council’s scholarship program available to outstanding students who are agriculture majors in Southeast-based land grant universities. The goal of STARS is to recruit top students and to introduce them to job opportunities in the produce industry.

Participating Universities

University of Florida Application

  • Questions regarding the STARS program at the University of Florida should be directed to Ms. Christy Chiarelli.

University of Georgia Application

  • Questions regarding the STARS program at the University of Georgia should be directed to Dana Nash.

LSU College of Agriculture Application

  • Questions regarding the STARS program at Louisiana State University should be directed to Dr. Don Labonte.

Clemson University Application

  • Questions regarding the STARS program at Clemson University should be directed to Margaret Owens, 864-276-7245.

NC State University

  • Questions regarding the STARS program at NC State should be directed to Chris Cammarene-Wessel.

Virginia Tech

  • Questions regarding the STARS program at Virginia Tech should be directed to Cynthia Beatty.

Application Process

Ideal candidates are rising seniors in undergraduate majors related to the growing and marketing of produce and related products. Minimum 3.2 GPA or higher. Additionally, it is preferred that students have demonstrated an interest in growing and/or marketing of produce.

Majors include:

  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Agricultural Operations Management
  • Botany (Plant Biologist)
  • Entomology and Nematology
  • Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Food and Resource Economics
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant Science
  • Soil and Water Science
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition

Scholarship recipients will be expected to attend the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure Conference & Expo in Tampa, FL. The Southeast Produce Council will cover travel expenses to this event. The scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to meet with over two hundred produce industry grower/shippers as well as the nation’s leading retailers and foodservice distributors.

STARS Class of 2018

Clemson University


Courtney Barnett
Food Science and Technology
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Sydney Carroll
Food Science and Human Nutrition
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University of Georgia


Anna Grace Goode
Agriculture
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Elizabeth Isjar
Food Industry Marketing & Administration
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North Carolina State


Allison Mostecak
Plant and Soil Sciences
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Rooks King Wells
Agricultural Science
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Louisiana State University


Molly Lyles
Horticulture and Anthropology
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Morrill Scott
Plant and Soil Sciences
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VA Tech


Cameron Bradsley
Food Science and Technology
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Laura Strange
Horticulture
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University of Florida


Lindsey Brush
Community Food Systems
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Gabrielle Steele
Entomology & Nematology
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