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.
- Questions regarding the STARS program at Clemson University should be directed to Margaret Owens, Senior Director of Development, College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences (Address: 101 Barre Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-0202; Office: (864) 276-7245)
- Questions regarding the STARS program at Louisiana State University should be directed to Dr. Don Labonte, Professor and Director, School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences (Address: 104 M. B. Sturgis, Baton Rouge, LA 70830; Office: (225) 578-1203)
- Questions regarding the STARS program at NC State should be directed to Robin Clements, Student Services Specialist, CALS Academic Programs Office (Address: NC State University, Campus Box 7642, 111 Patterson Hall, Raleigh, NC 27695-7642)
- Questions regarding the STARS program at the University of Florida should be directed to Taylor Wood, Assistant Director of Development, UF/IFAS Advancement (Address: University of Florida, Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, 1001 McCarty Hall, PO Box 110170, Gainesville, FL 32611-0170; Office: (352)392-5427)
- Questions regarding the STARS program at the University of Georgia should be directed to Dana Nash, Administrative Manager I, UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (Address: Office of Academic Affairs, 102 Conner Hall, Athens, GA 30602; Office: (706)542-1611)
- Questions regarding the STARS program at Virginia Tech should be directed to Cynthia Beatty., Fiscal Administrator, Academic Programs (Address: Office of Academic Programs, 175 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; Office: (540) 231-9671)
Ideal candidates are rising seniors in undergraduate majors related to the growing and marketing of produce and related products who also hold a minimum 3.2 GPA or higher. Additionally, it is preferred that students have demonstrated an interest in growing and/or marketing of produce.
Scholarship recipients will be expected to attend the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure Conference & Expo. The Southeast Produce Council will cover hotel and travel expenses to this event. The scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to meet with hundreds of produce industry grower/shipper members as well as the nation’s leading retailers and foodservice distributors.
STARS Class of 2018
Food Science and Technology
Food Science and Human Nutrition
University of Georgia
Anna Grace Goode
Food Industry Marketing & Administration
Louisiana State University
Horticulture and Anthropology
Plant and Soil Sciences
Food Science and Technology