Each year, the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore (GCES) awards a merit based scholarship of up to $4,500 to a graduating senior who attends high school in Talbot County and expects to major in horticulture, landscape architecture or design, botany, environmental science, agriculture or a related field. Scholarship applications are available from guidance counselors in all Talbot County high schools. They may also be obtained by calling Dorothy Whitcomb at 443-385-0486. Applications are due back to the guidance counselors’ offices by the close of school on April 5, 2019. Home schooled students should return them to GCES 8141 Easton Village Drive, Easton, MD 21601 by that same date.
The GCES Scholarship is entirely merit based. Outstanding academic achievement along with volunteer or work experience, which shows a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence, will be considered when evaluating applications.
GCES President Jill Meyerhoff says: “The Garden Club of the Eastern Shore has awarded 16 scholarships to Talbot County students since 1999. We are committed to helping talented young students achieve their educational goals and are proud of previous recipients who have gone on to become teachers, researchers, landscape architects and designers, and environmental educators. They are all making important contributions both here on the Shore and in other parts of the country.”
The GCES is focused on promoting environmentally sound landscape practices and providing educational programs for the community that explore conservation practices and environmental issues. In addition to awarding its scholarship for the past 16 years, GCES spearheaded the restoration of Easton’s Thompson Park, which along with the garden at the Academy Art Museum, it also maintains.
For information about GCES programs or to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, call Dorothy Whitcomb at 443-385-0486.