NCPMA awards nine scholarships

By |  February 19, 2019
Samantha McPherson receiving her scholarship to North Carolina State University from Marie Horner, NCPMA board member, at the 2019 Pest Control Technician’s School. (PHOTO: NCPMA)

Samantha McPherson, right, receives her scholarship to North Carolina State University from Marie Horner, NCPMA board member, at the 2019 Pest Control Technician’s School. (PHOTO: NCPMA)

The Education Foundation of the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) awarded a scholarship to North Carolina State University (NCSU) student Samantha McPherson and eight other students pursuing post-high school degrees.

The NCPMA Education Foundation awards $1,500 in scholarships annually to students attending NCSU. McPherson’s Past President’s scholarship was presented as part of the 69th Annual NCPMA Pest Control Technician’s School. This year’s event was held Jan. 29 to Jan. 31 in Durham, N.C., and attracted nearly 1,000 pest management professionals from across the state for education, training and networking opportunities.

In addition to McPherson, the other scholarship winners are Alexander Felder, Paul Kelley Jr., Crystal Mabe, Makayla Roberts, Ansley Smith, Jessica Stevens, Madeline Terrell and Dylan Walsh.

McPherson is a graduate student studying entomology. She grew up in Julian, N.C., and completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, she is studying cockroaches under Dr. Jules Silverman and Dr. Coby Schal at NCSU. Her research focuses mostly on cockroach nutrition, with an emphasis on how cockroaches make dietary choices and how diet affects reproductive success.

The Past President’s scholarship was created in 2004 to help encourage the next generation of pest management professionals. Scholarships are awarded to owners or employees of NCPMA member companies and/or their family members including spouses, children and grandchildren. Preference is given to students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing careers in the pest management industry. The NCPMA has awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships since 2005.

Founded in 1952, the NCPMA is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. The NCPMA is a statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.

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