The endowment provides one or more annual scholarship awards to Oregon State University Students who have declared Botany as a major and whose exceptional academic achievement and leadership demonstrate the potential for promising careers in Botany.
A proportion of the interest from the fund may be directed to support undergraduate research projects in Botany.
The Charles and Helen Fulton Memorial Fund in Botany was established by Helen Carmen Fulton to assist undergraduates and graduate students who are studying botany. Helen Fulton established this fund because of her caring and supportive interest and her love of learning. Mrs. Fulton was born in 1906 and grew up in Indiana. She graduated from Franklin College in 1928 and took graduate classes at Oregon State University from 1938 - 1941, and again in 1970 and 1975. After she moved to Honolulu, she continued to enroll in botany and genetics courses at the University of Hawaii.
Charles and Helen Fulton worked together and operated the Fulton Seed Laboratory in Salem, Oregon. It was from this business venture that they became well-acquainted with OSU faculty and students.
Mrs. Fulton left a gift to the department in her will from which the endowment was established in 1999.
Students who have benefited from awards from this endowment include:
- Kristin Skinner
- Anthony Mengucci
- Kathryn Sackett
- Jeremy Welty
- Tita Rose Herman
- Jay Well
- Jennifer Dutton
- Jonathan Reed
- Alicia Leytem
- Rachael Kofahl
- Tri Tran
- Robert Smith