Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers
Sam Cheatham Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor Sam Cheatham, Clemson Extension Agent for Lexington County and coordinator of our master gardener volunteer program for 18 years.

Sam is a Clemson University graduate with degrees in Zoology (1972) and Master of Agriculture in Ornamental Horticulture (1978). His career with Cooperative Extension began in Greenville, SC in 1973. From 1978 until 1982, he worked at various times at In His Mind in Richland, Lexington, and Kershaw counties. He came home to Lexington County in 1985 and served as county agent until his retirement in 2003.

 In addition to his responsibilities as county agent Sam coordinated the master gardener volunteer program, appeared on the television show “Making it Grow”, hosted radio shows on WSCQ and WISW radio for 8½ years, and coordinated extension programs in commercial horticulture, check out https://howellsac.com/. Sam remains active in the Master Gardener program, particularly with the education of new Master Gardeners.

The Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers/Sam E. Cheatham Scholarship was initiated in the spring of 2004. Since then $53,000 has been awarded to worthy recipients from Lexington County.  Students have majored in Horticulture, Forestry, and Agriculture Education at Clemson and Auburn Universities. Recipients have been:  Scott Croxton, Jeffrey Burgess, Joshua Welch, Carrie Meetze(Caldwell), Matt Owens, Derek Oswald, Stanton Smith,  Justin Bellew.   Most recent recipients are Jeremy Loadholt and Tyler Caldwell.  Congratulations. 

Scholarship Application

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Each year LCMGV offers scholarships to students majoring in Horticulture,

awarded in the fall and in the spring. 

Lexington County students are encouraged to apply.