An Association of Commercial Vegetable, Potato and Berry Growers
Grob Memorial Scholarship Recipient 2016, 2015
Lake Miller, Stewartstown son of Mitchell and Staci Miller
I would like to express my gratitude for the scholarship in which your association has awarded me for the 2016-2017 school year. It is received with an immense amount of honor and appreciation. I can assure you that the money will be used appropriately and that it will help to greatly reduce the cost of my education.
I would to give everyone a brief update on my current academic situation. This spring, I am in my 6th semester at the Penn State University Park campus. I am making sufficient progress towards earning my degree in Plant Sciences – Horticulture and I am hoping to graduate in December 2017 (next semester). Also, I have decided to take some agronomy classes in order to graduate with a minor in agronomy. This year I have taken many agriculturally relevant courses. Some of these courses include: weed management/identification, plant breeding, deciduous tree fruit production, plant growth regulators, emerging issues in plant science, retail horticulture management, and field crop management. I find these classes not only very useful for the career path that I am choosing, but I also find the topics in these classes to be very interesting. Additionally, I have acquired a job with the tree fruit research group at Penn State’s Rock Springs Research farm. Through this job, I spend about nine hours per week assisting Rob Crassweller and Don Smith in taking care of their orchard and getting it prepared for the upcoming growing season. The reason that I have decided to get involved with the tree fruit research group is because it will satisfy two academic credits that will be crucial to helping me achieve my goal of graduating this December. Outside of my academic endeavors, I am also helping to coach youth hockey at the Pegula Ice Arena. I spend about twelve hours per week instructing kids between the ages of 10-18 about the fundamentals and the principles of ice hockey.
In closing, I would like to say thank you one last time for the scholarship that you have awarded me. It truly means a lot to me and I hope that after the brief update that I have supplied in this letter that you feel confident that you have chosen a well-deserved recipient for the award.