NPMA's MPM Awards Scholarships to TAMU, PSU Students
September 16, 2008 - The National Pest Management Association's (NPMA) Minorities in Pest Management (MPM) has selected Chris Swain of Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Alexis Barbarin of Penn State University (PSU) as the winners of the 2008 MPM Scholarship.
The owner and operator of Premier Pest Control in
Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology from TAMU in August of 2007, becoming the first person in his family to achieve such an honor. Throughout his years as an undergraduate, Chris worked full-time at Venus Pest Control in
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, Alexis entered
Alexis holds a 3.62 grade point average at
"Alexis and Chris are extremely deserving of the MPM Scholarship and MPM is incredibly proud to be able to assist in their education," said Genma Stringer Holmes, the Chairwoman of MPM's Steering Committee. "It is especially gratifying for MPM to award a scholarship to an actual PMP as well as an individual who overcame the incredible hurdles presented by Hurricane Katrina."
Founded in 2005, MPM is an affiliate group of the NPMA that mentors, promotes, and advances minority pest management professionals, and helps encourage and increase minority participation in NPMA. For more information, go to www.npmapestworld.org/mpm.