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08/26/2013 - Herb Society Awards Scholarships To Pair Of Cincinnati State Students

August 26, 2013

Robert WhiteMedia Relations/Communications Coordinator
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Herb Society Awards Scholarships To Pair Of Cincinnati State Students
The Herb Society of Greater Cincinnati has awarded scholarships to two Cincinnati State students for the 2013-14 school year.

Both recipients are majoring in Landscape Horticulture. They are:

  • Bessie Clark. Ms. Clark, a resident of Madisonville, spent many years working in the insurance and banking industries in accounting. She has now decided to follow her passion involving working with plants. She also takes care of her husband, who is disabled.  Since entering the program in January 2012, Ms. Clark has maintained a grade point average of 3.28. At Cincinnati State, she has spent many hours volunteering in the campus greenhouse.
  • Robert “Leo” Clarke III, a Mount Lookout resident, first enrolled in the Landscape Horticulture Technologies program at Cincinnati State several years ago. He then took some time off, but returned last fall and promptly picked up where he had left off. He traveled this year with Cincinnati State’s Landscape Horticulture Club to the Professional Landcare Network’s Student Career Days national competition at Auburn University. Leo placed well in his events (sales and herbaceous plant identification) and helped several of his teammates prepare for their events.

Leo has two driving passions in his life. The first is horticulture. The second is music.  As the principal of the Leo Clarke Jazz Band, he is well known in the community as a blues musician who regularly performs several benefit concerts each year.

The Herb Society of Greater Cincinnati is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting interest in growing and using herbs, and to the exchange of information and experiences related to herbs. The organization has awarded scholarships to several Cincinnati State students in recent years.


Cincinnati State offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. It has one of the most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the country.

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