Each year, the Ferguson College of Agriculture recognizes students for their involvement
and contributions to the college as well as academic excellence during their college
experience. Students are recognized for their commitment to academics, research, leadership
The Louis and Betty Gardner Outstanding Senior Award is the highest award given to
a senior in the Ferguson College of Agriculture. The Outstanding Senior receives a
bronze sculpture and a scholarship. In addition, the Outstanding Senior represents
the Ferguson College of Agriculture by wearing an orange cap and gown as the college
gonfalon carrier at commencement. This award is supported by an endowment established
by Brent and Kent Gardner, both previous recipients of the award, in honor of their
parents, Louis and Betty.
Of the 20 Seniors of Distinction listed below, five were also honored with the Dean's
Award of Excellence.