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Ferrum Student Wins Horticulture Scholarship


Virginia Horticultural Foundation awards $2,000 to Deanna Reid.

Ferrum, Va. (December 21, 2010) –  Ferrum College student Deanna Reid has been awarded the Tom Eaton Scholarship from the Virginia Horticultural Foundation.   Reid, a triple major in Agribusiness, Horticulture and Spanish,  will receive $2,000 to help defray educational expenses.

“I received the email while I was working at the feed store at home,” said Reid, who returns to Broadway, Virginia most weekends to earn money for college.  “I was so excited because money is tight and it’s great to have a little bit of help.”  Reid says that her love of horticulture comes naturally, as her family owns and operates a retail greenhouse business.

Reid was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by Ferrum College Professor Bob Pohlad, who thought Reid, “was the perfect candidate.”

The scholarship is a one time award given in memory of Tom Eaton who was an “active and invaluable member of the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course board,” according to the organization’s web site.  Established in 2008, it is given to an exceptional college student pursuing a degree in any horticultural field.

In addition to the scholarship money, Reid will also receive a three-day registration to attend the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course, a professional, educational event held annually during the last week of January in Virginia Beach.

Reid, a sophomore at Ferrum says she hopes to use her degree toward a career in international marketing and agriculture.