$5000 Demetrios Agathangelides Memorial Agricultural Sciences Scholarship

2023 Scholarship Winner: Siddhartha Shankar Bhattacharyya

$5000 Agricultural Sciences Award

The Demetrios Agathangelides Memorial Scholarship

True Leaf Market is proud to support the agricultural sciences. Starting in 2022, we will offer one $5,000 scholarship to a college student majoring in the agricultural sciences. We encourage students in both graduate and undergraduate programs to apply for this scholarship, which will allow them to showcase the skills and knowledge they’ve learned in their agriculture-related field. We want applicants to demonstrate their knowledge with confidence while fulfilling the requirements for this scholarship. Overall, our aim is to encourage students to exercise what they have learned while bettering the world around them. We offer scholarships to students in these plant science related disciplines:

  • Horticulture
  • Botany
  • Agriculture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • All Other Plant Science Related Disciplines


$1000 Demetrios Agathangelides Agricultural Sciences Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Demetrios (Demo) Agathangelides founded one of True Leaf Market's original brands, Mountain Valley Seeds, back in 1974. Demo sadly passed away in September of 2022, and we will miss him dearly. This scholarship is in his honor and loving memory. If you would like to make a contribution to the scholarship fund to honor his legacy, please send an email to bolsen@trueleafmarket.com for details.

How to Apply

Create A Zone Specific Cover Crop Mix Presentation

  • Create a cover crop seed mix formulated for your specific USDA growing zone and local climate factors.
  • We recommend test growing your mix and modifying it if needed to address the challenges and needs of your local growing conditions.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation that details your testing experience, findings, and challenges. Address why the final mix recommendation includes the selected seeds and their mix percentages. Explain what benefits the cover crop mix provides, how long it should be grown for, and how to terminate it using organic practices.
  • Record a video of you presenting your PowerPoint and upload it to youtube. A link to your youtube video should be included on the first slide of your presentation.
  • Complete the submission form, including a link to your youtube presentation and individual file uploads of:
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Photos of your test grows included in the presentation in Jpg format
  • Upload your completed video link, presentation, and photo files with your application below, or email them to scholarships@trueleafmarket.com (Note: please do not send your submission documents in a zip file, as anything received in a zipped folder will be deleted.)
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Terms & Conditions


We accept applications from students pursuing a degree in a plant science-related discipline who are at least high school graduates enrolled in a college, trade school, or university in the United States of America. Each applicant must meet the requirements mentioned above to qualify.


Deadline for all submissions is June 30, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Any applications received after June 30th will not be considered for the 2024 awarded scholarship. Awards will be announced by July 31st.

All terms and conditions are subject to change by True Leaf Market.


All application material submitted to TrueLeafMarket.com is then considered property of True Leaf Market, LLC. We reserve the right to use material sent to us to show as examples to other applicants, display on our website(s), and edit for grammatical, syntactical, or typographical errors for clarity.

We Are Looking For:




  • Research - Your information is correct and thorough concerning your particular plant selections. (This is a challenge to test your ability to gather relevent information, act on it, and teach what you've learned in a simple and understandable way.)

  • Clean Presentation - Even somebody with little to no knowledge of plants should be able to understand your presentation.

  • Completeness - Your presentation should have a beginning, middle, and end, exuding confidence about what you may be explaining.


Our goal with this scholarship is to help those that have a desire to spread their passion of the growing sciences to those around them. We hope that during these exercises, the applicant will think of those that might be reading or watching these projects and bring to them the excitement and intrigue they feel about cultivating life.


$1000 Demetrios Agathangelides Agricultural Sciences Scholarship


Past Winners

Kaitlin Miller Pesticide Alternatives 2016 Washington State University
Angelina Bernardini About Cucumbers 2016 Tennessee State University
Jerome Small The Environmental Revolution 2017 Florida Atlantic University
Zoe Martin Cohen The Three Sister of the Santa Cruz Valley 2017 Arizona State University
Nestia N. Nuanez Transplanting Snapdragons 2018 Aims Community College
Laura Thoeming Onion Infographic 2018 Iowa State University
Julia Maddock The Star of Summer Squash 2019 Kansas State University
Ronald J. Smith Lettuce Essay 2019 Purdue University
Srijana Dura Soil-Borne Pathogens 2021 New Mexico State University
Emely Mendoza What Are Hydroponics? 2021 Delaware Technical Community College
Jay Wagner The Diversity of Corn 2022 The Evergreen State College
Siddhartha Shankar Bhattacharyya The Multifaceted Benefits Of Cowpeas 2023 Texas A&M University