The Quiet Corner Garden Club has a long history of providing scholarships to students interested in agriculture/horticulture-related fields of study. From the 1980s through today, QCGC continues to encourage students to follow their dreams by providing assistance through its scholarship program. QCGC also encourages its members to become CT Master Gardeners and bring back their knowledge to our Quiet Corner.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

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The Quiet Corner Garden Club gives annual horticultural-related scholarships to students residing n the Quiet Corner who are majoring in agriculture/horticulture-related studies, including: Agronomy, Botany, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Floriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Land Management, Landscape Design, Plant Pathology, or allied subjects. 

2019 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

This spring the Quiet Corner Garden Club’s eight-member Scholarship Committee selected two local students to receive this year’s scholarships. Another scholarship will be given this fall to a garden club member interested in becoming a Connecticut Master Gardener. The Quiet Corner Garden Club promotes interest in ecology and conservation and gives annual scholarships to students residing in the Quiet Corner who are majoring in agriculture/horticulture-related studies, including: Agronomy, Botany, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Floriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Land Management, Landscape Design, Plant Pathology, or allied subjects. The scholarships are awarded based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership qualities, community service, letters of recommendation and student essay.

Nathan Lafleur, a resident of Dayville and a student at Killingly High School, will be receiving the Quiet Corner Garden Club’s 2019 High School Scholarship. Nathan has been accepted to Unity College. His major will be conservation law enforcement. Lafleur has loved being outdoors since a small child. He enjoys hiking, fishing, and exploring the outdoors. He is very concerned about conservation and protecting the environment. He wants to pursue a career in which he can work outdoors and supervise the lakes and forest environments, teaching others about the management of natural resources and preventing the public from over-fishing or polluting our waterways and parks. As a future conservation law officer, he will be able to protect fish and wildlife, and plans to teach and promote public awareness and responsibility for caring for our natural resources.

Olivia Swanson, a resident of Danielson and student at UConn, Storrs, has been awarded the Quiet Corner Garden Club’s 2019 College Scholarship. Swanson plans to graduate in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and the Environment. Swanson has made the Dean’s List several times and has volunteered in many community activities, including the Grow Windham Community Garden and as a tutor and mentor for a group of 30 students at the West Ave. Community Center in Willimantic. Swanson is especially interested in conservation and sustainable community development and urban farming. By researching the discrepancy between food insecurity, waste, and sustainability, Swanson believes that, “by supporting community efforts, local farms and markets would give people the power to grow their own food, expand fresh food accessibility, make farming more sustainable, and foster a sense of community.” Her goal is to continue a pursuit of those ideas upon graduation.

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Current scholarships being awarded in 2019 are to go to:

DOWNLOADS for 2019 (as PDF files): SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION that you can print out and mail in:

 

2019 Quiet Corner Garden Club’s Scholarship for HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR

The 2019 Quiet Corner Garden Club $500 Scholarship will be awarded to a high school student who lives in the Quiet Corner, has been accepted to a college majoring in an agriculture/horticulture-related field of study. This scholarship will be awarded based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership qualities, community service, letter of recommendation and the student’s essay.

Applications and instructions are available at high school guidance offices, local libraries, or
via this website, or by email:qcgardenclub@gmail.com with questions or concerns. Be sure to put Scholarship Application in the subject of any email.

In addition to the completed application, the applicant should provide:

The application deadline is April 15, 2019. Only applications received on or before that deadline are considered. Applications will not be returned. Contact qcgardenclub@gmail.com regarding the 2019 Scholarship Award.

Please mail the completed application and required attachments to:

Quiet Corner Garden Club, c/o Scholarship Application, P.O. Box 1004, Woodstock, CT 06281.

By mid-May, 2019, applicants will be notified whether or not they have been chosen.

Some Past Quiet Corner Garden Club High School Scholarship Winners

2018

Anastasia Salisbury

2007

Jacob Duncan

2017

Elizabeth Antonelli

2006

Amanda Hill

2014

Brittany LeFeur & Brendon McMerriman

2005

Darcy O’Brien

2011

Katlyn Herrick

2004

Jennifer Selig

2010

Hanna McMerriman & Jacqueline Kulig

2003

David Pechie

2009

Calvin Underwood

2002

Stephanie Johnson

2008

Meghan Kelly & Mark Sheldon, Jr.

2000

Stephanie Smith

 


2019 Quiet Corner Garden Club’s Scholarship for COLLEGE STUDENT

The 2019 Quiet Corner Garden Club $1000 College Scholarship will be awarded to a college junior or senior student who lives in the Quiet Corner, has been attending a college majoring in an agriculture/horticulture-related field of study.              

This scholarship will be awarded based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership qualities, community service, letter of recommendation and the student’s essay.

Applications are available at the Ratcliffe-Hicks School of Agriculture Admissions Office or UConn School of Agriculture or via this website or by email:qcgardenclub@gmail.com with questions or concerns. Be sure to put Scholarship Application in the subject of any email.

In addition to the completed application, the applicant should provide:

The application deadline is May 15, 2019. Only applications received on or before that deadline are considered. Applications will not be returned. Please contact qcgardenclub@gmail.com regarding the 2019 Scholarship Award.

Please mail the completed application and required attachments to: Quiet Corner Garden Club, c/o Scholarship Application, P.O. Box 1004, Woodstock, CT 06281.

By mid-June, 2019, applicants will be notified whether or not they have been chosen.


2019 Quiet Corner Garden Club’s Scholarship for a CT MASTER GARDENER CERTIFICATE

Any current, active member of the QCGC who would like to enroll in the CT Master Gardener program is eligible to apply for a scholarship towards Master Gardener certification.

Registration for a CT Master Gardener program takes place in the fall.  Interested applicants may look at the UConn Extension Master Gardener website for more information. 

Certification

To become a Certified Master Gardener you must complete a 16-week course that meets once a week from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, starting in January and running through April.

Students enrolled in this program receive training in botany, plant pathology, soils, entomology, pesticide safety, integrated pest management (IPM), woody ornamentals, herbaceous ornamentals, vegetables, tree and small fruits, turf grass, invasive plants, weeds, water quality, environmental factors affecting plant growth, and diagnostic techniques for the home gardener.

Following formal classroom instruction the Master Gardener student completes a 60-hour internship program. Thirty hours are dedicated to hands-on training in the extension offices where students are supervised in researching and determining the answers to a broad range of horticultural questions, including insect and plant identification, diagnosing plant diseases and providing sound horticultural recommendations. Students devote the remaining thirty hours to organized community outreach projects. Internships include plant clinics, educational displays at local, county fairs and farmers’ markets, presenting educational lectures, and working in demonstration gardens.

Upon completion of the program you will receive a certificate and name badge designating you as a University of Connecticut certified Master Gardener.

UConn Master Gardeners are registered volunteers with the University of Connecticut Extension. As such they are covered by the university’s liability insurance. In all volunteer work related to the program, Master Gardeners must follow the recommendations of the University of Connecticut  Extension.

 

This Scholarship can only be used towards the $450 fee for a Master Gardener Certificate. The awardee accepts the full commitment to achieve the certificate and pledges continued active membership in QCGC for a minimum of three (3) years, offering service on the Civic Projects Committee and Plant & Flower Sale.

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