Four students received a total of $9,000 in scholarships from Pi Chi Omega, the national fraternity for pest management professionals. The annual scholarships support undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in urban and industrial pest management.
This year’s scholarship winners include:
- Allison Johnson – Ph.D. student at University of Georgia – John Osmun Scholarship
- Brittny Blakely – M.S. student at New Mexico State University – Founders Endowment Scholarship
- Alex Blumenfeld – Ph.D. student at Texas A&M – Dr. Austin Frishman Scholarship
- Maria Gonzalez-Morales – Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University – Alain VanRyckegham Scholarship
Maria Gonzalez-Morales is the second recipient of the Alain VanRyckeghem Memorial Scholarship, which was established in 2018. This $2,000 scholarship is available in perpetuity, based on the collected contribution of $50,000 to the Pi Chi Omega Scholarship Fund.
Pi Chi Omega is also accepting new member nomination forms. The organization welcomed 15 new members at the end of March:
- Rajani Sapkota – M.S. student – Purdue University
- Timothy Best, Ancho Pest Control
- Andrej Branc, PelGar International
- Todd Brown, BASF
- Taylor Howlett, Direct Line Sales
- David Hyres, Hyres Pest Control Inc.
- Marcus Johnson, Target Specialty Products
- Caroline Kirby, Plunkett’s Pest Control
- Molly Keck, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
- John Koval, Smitter Pest Control
- Marillian Missiti, Buono Pest Control
- Dejan Radivojevic, UNICHEM
- Matija Sorc, UNICHEM
- Scott Underwood, Oldham Chemicals
- Dannis Warf, Central Life Sciences
The next round of nominations is due June 1. Staff will present nominations to the Membership Committee in early June. Those nominees approved by the committee will be presented to the membership for electronic approval the third week in June.