Grace Johnson 2022 Scholarship Winner

I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Paul Baker Memorial Scholarship. I will be using my award towards continuing my education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I plan on majoring in political science. I enjoy spending time outside, playing tennis, and music. I am so grateful to be receiving this award.

The New York State Horticultural Society has announced the 2022 award recipients for the Paul Baker Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship awardees receive $500 scholarship each to be used towards their college/trade school expenses. Each year there is the opportunity for three students to receive this award from 4 different school districts on Niagara County. 

Paul Baker worked in the Agricultural industry in one capacity or another his whole life. Before he passed, he had been the Executor Director of the NYS Horticultural Society for over 16 years. Paul Baker was an outstanding spokesman for the fruit and vegetable farmers of NY. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. The NYSHS BOD, and Paul’s family, are so proud to be able to continue his legacy through this scholarship.

The Paul Baker Memorial Scholarship winners for 2022 are Abigail Hurtgam and Grace Johnson, both from Ransomville, NY. 

 Grace Johnson will be graduating from Lewiston Porter High School in Youngstown, NY. She will be attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the fall. Her goal is to help with the advancement of agriculture with her country and her community.

NYSHS would like to congratulate Grace for all her hard work throughout her High School career and to wish her all the best in her future educational and work careers.

For more information about the Paul Baker Memorial Scholarship, please visit for eligibility requirements and an application form or by contacting Karen Wilson, Business Manager at

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