Ed Rishell Master Gardener Scholarship Program
Ed Rishell was a Virginia Cooperative Extension – Prince William Master Gardener Volunteer who provided exemplary community service., leadership and assistance to VCE staff, other Master Gardener volunteers and the community.
Ed consistently went above and beyond in his volunteer efforts. Soon after graduating in 2009, Ed was asked by Virginia Tech to serve on a committee to review improvements to the 2011 Pest Management Guide, which is a resource that is used by staff, volunteers and landscape professionals statewide. He also authored the current peer-reviewed publication on composting used statewide by Virginia Tech.
Due to Ed's dedication to the Master Gardener Volunteer program, MGPW established a scholarship for continuing education at Master Gardener College, held at Virginia Tech each June.
In 2016, the scholarship was awared to Master Gardener, Bob Carter. Here are excerpts from his letter thanking the MGPW board for the award:
Dear MGPW board,
I wish to take the opportunity to thank you, the MGPW Board of Directors and the VCE Prince William for this honor.
Ed Rishell greatly believed in the mission and the work of the Master Gardeners and worked diligently to make the Prince William group a more professional organization. It is befitting that this award in named in his honor. I also would like to thank Leslie Paulson and the awards committee for my selection. I am so looking forward to my experience at Master Gardener College at Virginia Tech. Upon return, I will strive to share my new knowledge with our group.
Robert M. Carter
This Scholarship is open to all Master Gardeners.