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 2019

Auburn University


Alex Herndon
Horticulture
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Jack Slay
Agronomy and Soil Production
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Clemson University


Addie Stone
Agribusiness
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Megan Byelick
Agribusiness
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Louisiana State University


Kaylee Deynzer
Horticulture
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Colt Hardee
Agribusiness
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NC State University


Collin Blalock
Agriculture
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Matthew Bell
Horticulture
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University of Florida


Anne Schwartz
Plant Science
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Brooks Parrish
Plant Science
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University of Georgia


Mason Goolsby
Agribusiness
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Mollie Cromley
Agribusiness
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Virginia Tech


Chase Willis
Horticulture
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Erika Estrada
Food Science and Technology
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