HISTORY: Established in April 2007 with 25,000.00 “to provide student assistance of $1000.00 or more for junior or senior undergraduates or graduate students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and pursuing a horticultural-related studies with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be residents of Aiken County”.
Well, the “Great Recession” put a “hurt” on that initial $25K and it was not until 2016(!) that the endowment balance had recovered sufficiently such that award distributions were made. The first recipient of the AMGA endowment was Ashley Townsend of North Augusta.
2019-2020: Isabella Marie Hill (Aiken) (Plant and Environmental Sciences) $1000.00 2018-2019: Isabella Marie Hill (Aiken) (Plant and Environmental Sciences) $1000.00 2017-2018: (1) Brodie M. Cox (Aiken) (Plant and Environmental Science) $1000.00 (2) Daniel J. Thomas (North Augusta) (Forest Resource Mgt) $500.00 2016-2017: Ashley Townsend (North Augusta) (Environmental/Natural Sciences major) 1000.00 2015-2016: Ashley Townsend (North Augusta) (Environmental/Natural Sciences major) 1000.00
2018-19 & 2019-20 recipient Isabella Hill – Isabella Hill is a Junior in Plant and Environmental Science at Clemson University. She was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina and attended Aiken High School. She is involved with the Living Seed Ark and New Student Orientation. She is also an intern working with the Southern Cover Crop Council. Isabella is a member of Clemson’s soils Judging Team the “Muddy Tigers” and recently placed in the top 20 in the Southeast Regional competition. She has a passion for plants and is growing a Joshua Tree and a Sequoia from seeds obtained touring National Parks this past summer. Isabella plans to attend Graduate school to obtain a Masters in Plant and Environmental Science, after which she hopes to work sustainable agriculture.