Turfgrass Producers of Florida is delighted to announce that our first TPF Member Scholarship has been awarded to Emily Chester of Sebastian. Emily has been accepted at the University of Central Florida for the fall with plans to pursue a degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy.
Emily is the daughter of Thom Chester, a Turf & Ornamental sales rep for member company Diamond R Fertilizer. She was nominated by Bruce Matthews of Diamond R.
Emily ranked in the top 10% of her class and participated in the International Baccalaureate program. She was a leader in the school band, a member of the National Honor Society, and served as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) president. She’s an active community volunteer, devoting time to environmental concerns and mentoring younger students, including “Buddy Break”, which pairs volunteers with children with disabilities at a special needs daycare; the IB Kids Club, in which volunteers help elementary students complete STEM enrichment activities; and during the summer, serving as a day camp counselor with the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach.
The TPF member scholarship program is open to the children and grandchildren of members who’ve been active for at least the past three years. Members may also nominate employees of their companies or apply individually. It is open to students pursuing any major.
2020 selection committee members included TPF Producer Members Eric Bartl (Gulfkist Sod); Melissa Evans (TurfPro Services), and Shaun O’Brien (DUDA); TPF Associate Member Kevin Wasilewski (Syngenta); and allied industry representative Lisa Lochridge, public affairs director for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association.
Congratulations to Emily, and thanks to all the members who devoted time to getting the program up and running and to choosing this year’s recipient!