Consideration for this scholarship shall be with the intent to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students pursuing a major offered by the Department of Plant Science, or successor department, who have demonstrated exemplary academic achievement. From the identified pool of eligible recipients, and to the extent possible, first preference shall be given to students who have an interest in Horticulture. If no students meet the first preference in a given year, available funds will be awarded to any student based on the general eligibility criteria, regardless of preference.