The Belfast Garden Club awards $2,500 in scholarships annually. Awards are made to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates from Waldo County pursuing studies in conservation, ecology, horticulture, natural resources, sustainable agriculture or a related field.
Recipients of 2012 scholarships were Jalen Babin of Unity who is attending Unity College to study Parks and Forest Resources and Erin Elizabeth Rollins of Lincolnville who is studying biology at Husson University.
The Belfast Garden Club has promoted civic beautification and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening since 1929. The Club offers monthly public meetings in fall, winter and spring. The Belfast Garden Club is responsible for maintaining over 12 public gardens in the City; including the recently revived garden at Grove Cemetery. The Garden Club hosts the Open Garden Days all summer, and supports education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project, and its annual Education Scholarship. The Club’s monthly meeting and presentation is free and open to the public. The Club welcomes new members and volunteers year round.
Students interested in obtaining a scholarship application may contact their high school guidance office or by contacting Scholarship Committee Chair, Ginny Hodge, at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.belfastgardenclub.org. Applications must be submitted before April 30, 2013.