Syngenta donates to Pi Chi Omega scholarships


April 1, 2024


From left: Kristen Oakley, Syngenta market manager; Berry Cothern, Syngenta district manager; Dr. Cassie Krejci, BCE, immediate past president of Pi Chi Omega; and Marshall Gaster, Syngenta head of marketing. PHOTO: PI CHI OMEGA

Syngenta presented its annual scholarship donation to Pi Chi Omega during National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) Legislative Day in Washington, D.C.

Immediate Past President Dr. Cassie Krejci, BCE, accepted the contribution of $4,500 from Berry Cothern, Syngenta’s representative.

This donation serves to help Pi Chi Omega’s efforts in providing scholarship funds and research support to students pursuing studies in urban entomology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“As past chair of the scholarship committee, I am deeply grateful for the unwavering support shown by Syngenta,” Desiree Straubinger, BCE, president of Pi Chi Omega, said in the news release.”Over the years, Syngenta’s consistent commitment to matching previous contributions has been instrumental in sustaining Pi Chi Omega’s strategic goal of providing educational opportunities for students in urban entomology. Their partnership has enabled us to award scholarships to deserving individuals who demonstrate exceptional promise and dedication to advancing our industry.”

“We have dedicated a significant part of our giving program to Pi Chi Omega because we recognize the long-term impact of the Pi Chi Omega scholarship program,” Berry Cothern, district manager for professional pest management at Syngenta, North America, added.

Over nearly five decades, Pi Chi Omega’s scholarship initiatives have funded the studies of numerous entomology students, resulting in 149 individuals whose scientific research and commitment to our industry have significantly influenced pest management practices. Many recipients have gone on to become esteemed members of the structural pest management industry.

Pi Chi Omega’s scholarship program allocates five $2,000 scholarships and one $3,000 scholarship annually to deserving entomology students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at universities.

About Pi Chi Omega

Pi Chi Omega is a national fraternity for pest management professionals. Initiated in 1950 by six students of Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer Dr. John Osmun (Class of 1997) at Purdue University, the fraternity today is comprised of nearly 450 members representing 38 states and four foreign countries. These members are considered to be some of the most distinguished, dedicated and talented professionals in the industry.


About the Author

Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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