CLEMSON — Clemson University horticulture students Jordan Mckenzie Baylor, a senior from Belton, and Madison MacInnis, a junior from Lexington, received $2,500 scholarships from the South Carolina Greenhouse Growers Association (SCGGA).

Jordan Baylor

Donna Foster (left) and Jordan Baylor

The scholarship is given to two students, one male and one female, annually for the past five years based on strong work ethic, a positive attitude and the potential to contribute to horticulture in our society.

The SCGGA began in the late 1970s and consists of greenhouse growers as well as a few garden centers. The association received their endowment within the Central Carolina Community Foundation in the early 1990s through donations and contributions based on the amount of square footage of greenhouse each member had.

The scholarship is given only to South Carolina residents from four schools with distinguished horticulture programs including, Clemson University, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Spartanburg Technical College and Trident Technical College.

“This scholarship means a lot to me. Being able to avoid loans and debt is very important to me as I graduate in May and didn’t expect any more scholarships or financial help. The SCGGA scholarship will have a huge impact on my future and my ability to pay off student debt,” Baylor said.

The two students entered the competition themselves with a nomination from their advisor.  Both students had to include a resume as well as a career goal statement.

Madison McInnis

Donna Foster (left) and Madison MacInnis

“Jordan and Madison love what they are doing. You can see that in their excitement and ability to go the extra mile,” says Ellen Vincent, environmental landscape specialist and advisor to both students.

Madison MacInnis spoke of his future plans after beginning a small greenhouse project three years ago with his brother, “It started out as a hobby, just to have some fun growing and to be able to give flowers to our friends and family. Our goal for the future is to build a wholesale operation out of Upstate South Carolina where we will grow the highest quality plants that we can sell to retail nurseries.”