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Howell Memorial Endowed Scholarship

In July of 2002, the Mississippi Nurserymen’s Association, Inc., formerly Mississippi Nurserymen’s Association, Inc. Established the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association Howell Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund, in memory of Owen and Lee Cody Howell and in honor of Connie Howell. This is an endowed scholarship which memorializes Owen and Lee, father and son nurserymen of George County Mississippi. The Howell’s have been very influential in establishing the “Green Industry” of Mississippi. They have also been very supportive of Mississippi State University.

Walter E. Davis Scholarship

The Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. established the “Walter E. Davis Scholarship” in appreciation and honor of the retired executive secretary/treasurer, Walter E. Davis. The Walter E. Davis Scholarship is a $1000 scholarship awarded to a sophomore student majoring in Ornamental Horticulture or a related field, and is a full time student enrolled at one of Mississippi’s community colleges. The Walter E. Davis Scholarship Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap or Vietnam-era veteran status.

Frances Vesely Memorial Scholarship

The Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. through donations from friends and family has established the Frances Vesely Memorial Scholarship Fund, in appreciation and memory of Frances Vesely. She opened Vesely’s Nursery in 1976, in 1986 Mrs. Vesely became the first female president of MNLA, and she received the Nursery Person of the Year award in 1989. Mrs. Vesely has been very influential to women in the green industry of Mississippi. The Frances Vesely Memorial Scholarship aims to help deserving students attain their educational goals, meet their professional objectives, and succeed to their fullest ability.

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Community Grants

MS Community Green Connection

Crossrail Place Roof Garden

The Mississippi Community Green Connection is a grant program that is sponsored by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA).  MNLA will award $1,000 to three qualifying municipalities in the State of Mississippi.  


The purpose of the Mississippi Community Green Connection is to assist municipalities with projects that support the education of Mississippi’s green industry.  


MNLA is a non-profit organization whose objective is to advance in the broadest sense the interest of the nurserymen of Mississippi; to aid and contribute to the education of its members and the general public to provide better methods of growing and distribution of horticultural products; to provide a central headquarters to promote better personal relationships of its members; and to inform the members of legislative activity, state and national, which would affect the industry.

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