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

Auburn University 

  • Questions regarding the STARS program at Auburn University should be directed to Jordan Moseley, Development Officer, College of Agriculture, Auburn University (Address: 100 Corner Hall, Auburn, AL 36849; Office: (334) 844-3472)

Clemson University 

  • 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)

Louisiana State University 

  • Questions regarding the STARS program at Louisiana State University should be directed to Amanda L. Martin, Assistant Dean of Recruitment & Student Development, College of Agriculture (Address: 146 Martin D. Woodin Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70830; Office: (225) 578-2266)

North Carolina State University 

  • 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)

University of Florida 

  • 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)

University of Georgia 

  • 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)

Virginia Tech 

  • 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)

Application Process

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.

Networking Highlights:

STARS & STEP-UPP Dinner

Mix and mingle with some of SEPC’s top produce professionals

STARS Breakfast

Join fellow STARS students for breakfast w/ an informative guest speaker from the industry

STARS Cocktails & Careers

Interview with 20-25 SEPC member companies seeking fresh employees

STARS Class of 2020

Auburn University


Matt Hayes
Horticulture
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Max Cavassa
Horticulture
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Clemson University


Audrey Jen
Plant & Environmental Sciences – Agronomy
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John Lawson
Plant & Environmental Sciences – Agricultural Biotechnology
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Louisiana State University


Michael Younis
Agricultural Business
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Major
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NC State University


NC State Student
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University of Florida


Cody Clark
Food and Resource Economics
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Chloe Ouellette
Horticultural Science – Production
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University of Georgia


Eryn Elliott
Agricultural Education
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Morgan Hart
Agricultural Education
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Virginia Tech


VT Student
Major
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“I learned so much more than I ever imagined I would this week and got to see first hand how the produce industry functions.”

~ Megan Byelick, Clemson University, STARS Class of 2019

“Being able to attend the Southern Exposure 2019 has definitely opened my eyes to the endless career opportunities in the industry sector, and the overall STARS experience has had a positive impact in my career as a food microbiologist.”

~ Erika Estrada, Virginia Tech, STARS Class of 2019