Melvin P. ‘Mel’ & Lyndell Crowder NCW Memorial Horticulture Scholarship

The Melvin P. ‘Mel’ and Lyndell Crowder NCW Memorial Horticulture Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 in memory of Mr. Crowder, by his widow and children. After Mr. Crowder’s distinguished Naval service during World War II, he adn his wife purchased a hillside orchard in Manson. Determined to become the best grower possible, Mr. Crowder sought to learn everything he could about horticulture. Spanning three decades, Mel worked diligently with orchardists from Yakima to the Canadian border to help them grow the very best apples. As a charter member of the Washington Horticulture Association in 1985, Mr. Crowder was recognized as a leader in the apple industry. He remained active in the industry even after his retirement in 1985 from his position as Operations Manager at Trout, Inc. in Chelan. Keeping abreast of new developments and operating Crowder Horticultural Services, a tree and pollen sales and horticultural consulting business, kept him in touch with apples. Mel Crowder passed away on July 22, 1993.

Application Opens: January 1st
Application Due Date: March 1st


  1. Student from NCW enrolled in the Tree Fruit Production Program at Wenatchee Valley College OR Tree Fruit Management in the Horticulture Program at Washington State University
  2. Minimum 2.5 GPA
  3. Renewal is possible for recipients; must reapply and compete with new applicants



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