A Niagara College student has been recognized for her flourishing talent in the horticulture industry.
Greenhouse Technician student Lorysa Crew has been selected for a Proven Winners Technical or Second-Year Postsecondary Institution Scholarship. Open to applicants from across North America, the scholarship program aims to support the future of the horticulture industry and young people interested in a career in the industry.
Applicants were required to be from Horticultural Science or a related field and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. They were required to submit a 750-word essay about what they wish to accomplish in horticulture as well as a reference letter from a professor.
Crewe, who is originally from Newmarket but currently resides in Niagara Falls, will receive $2,000 for her education as a recipient of the scholarship.
“I really think this will help me in pursuing my career goals.The money will go towards paying off student debt,” she said. “The fact that they selected my essay was super encouraging and makes be believe I will have a good future and chance at success in my chosen field.”
Environment and Horticulture professor Mary Jane Clark, who encouraged Crewe to apply for the scholarship after teaching her during winter term, was pleased that she was selected.
“I feel she has the potential to be a leader in the horticulture industry, has excellent goals and vision, all paired with a hard work ethic and a pleasant and courteous personality,” said Clark.
Crewe was selected among 60 applicants for the scholarship and among five students chosen for the $2,000 scholarship in her category – the only winner from Ontario. Other winners were from the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of New Hampshire and the Saskatoon School of Horticulture.
“It has always been my dream to open and run my own business, and with my love of plants, what better career path than to open my own greenhouse,” said Crewe in a statement on the Proven Winners website. “Owning a greenhouse, will enable me to help communities and individuals improve their lives through plants, and I can provide people with locally grown plants that will thrive in their environment. Everyone deserves a garden that they can sit in to let the stresses of everyday life melt away and I want to provide the plants to create this haven.”