Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Fellowship Program

The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Fellowship Program was created in 2008 at Florida Southern College (FSC), in Lakeland, to help preserve and digitize citrus collections and memorabilia for inclusion in the State of Florida Citrus Archives held by the McKay Archives. This fellowship program is an opportunity for students to engage with collections about the citrus industry.

Each student is assigned a specific job during their fellowship term, ranging from handling intake of materials to scanning and appropriately cataloging the materials for research purposes and creating special displays. Projects currently underway include:

  • Processing and preserving collections like the Waverly Growers Records or the John A. Attaway Papers.
  • Scanning and adding select photographs to the Crate Label Database and Citrus Photograph Database.
  • Researching and designing physical and digital exhibits about special topics of the Citrus Industry
  • Researching and supplementing information on all of the Citrus Hall of Fame inductees.
  • Processing and preserving the Lake Avalon Grove Business Proposal manuscript. Conducting research on individual businessmen named in the proposal, photographing the land as it is now, and creating a digital project site with additional components.

The Hall of Fame currently sponsors four permanent fellowship opportunities each semester and one summer fellowship. Three of the fellowships are named after late Hall of Fame members, Frank S. Bouis and D. Victor Knight, Sr., along with a fellowship named after the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. Students admitted to the program are typically in their junior or senior year and qualify for the program through interviews with faculty members from the Library and Archives. They are supervised by the FSC college archivist in the McKay Archives Center.

To make a donation to help with furthering education in citrus history and preservation efforts of the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame and the State of Florida Citrus Archives, send checks made payable to Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801 with the memo line to read: FCHOF Fellowship Program. For more information, to donate citrus memorabilia and antique artifacts, or to receive an invitation to Florida Citrus Hall of Fame events, please contact Brenda Eubanks Burnette at 561-351-4314 or BBurne1003@aol.com.

Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Fellows

Fellowship Academic Year Fellow
Florida Citrus Hall of Fame 2020-2021 Unfilled because of Campus COVID-19 Employment Restrictions
2019-2020 Peter Edgar
2018-2019 Peter Edger
2017-2018 Kelsi Shanks
2016-2017 Kelsi Shanks
2015-2016 Meredith Kaffee
2014-2015 Meredith Kaffee
2013-2014 Meredith Kaffee
2011-2012 Holly Bennett

Joshua Meadows

2010-2011 Holly Bennett
D. Victor Knight, Sr. 2020-2021 Karah Holt
2019-2020 Emma Edgar
2018-2019 Emma Edgar
2017-2018 Caitlin Harper
2016-2017 Caitlin Harper
2014-2015 Trudy Weber
2013-2014 Trudy Weber
2011-2012 Dalton Davis
Frank S. Bouis 2020-2021 R. Chandler Talkington Fletcher
Established 2011 2019-2020 Katie Poinsett
2018-2019 Emma Morton
2017-2018 Peter Edgar
2016-2017 Kaitlynn Hoffman
2015-2016 Anthony Woodside
2014-2015 Anthony Woodside
2013-2014 Justin Richards
2011-2012 Mary Yurso
Frank S. Bouis Family 2020-2021 Christine Sells
2019-2020 Christine Sells
2018-2019 Rebecca Rowe
2017-2018 Emma Morton
2016-2017 Peter Edgar

Emma Morton

2015-2016 Emma Morton

Selys Rivera

2014-2015 Selys Rivera

2021-2022 Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Fellowship Students at Florida Southern College

Karah Holt is the 2021-2022 D. Victor Knight, Sr. Student Fellow. She is a senior at Florida Southern College working toward a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Horticulture and Citrus with a minor in Business. She was born and raised in Fort Meade, FL and enjoys creating posts for the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Facebook page.

Chandler Talkington Fletcher is the 2021-2022 Frank S. Bouis Student Fellow. He is a junior working towards his BFA in Theatre Performance and BA in Communications. He is from Orlando, FL and enjoys playing the trumpet. He is having fun directing videos celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Orange Bird.

Christine Sells is the 2021-2022 Frank S. Bouis Family Student Fellow. She is a junior with a double major in English and Communications. She is from Ft. Myers, FL and is an expert in Photoshop.

Lauren Lassiter is the 2021-2022 Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Student Fellow. She is a senior completing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science, History, and Economics & Finance. She is from Auburndale, FL and interned at Florida House on Capitol Hill last summer.

Katie Poinsett is the 2021-2022 John M. Kennedy Family Fellow. She is a junior studying Art History with a Museums Studies focus and is a Resident Advisor on campus.