Calling all 'green-thumbed' students

Southeast Master Gardeners Association offering scholarships for regional youth

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010

Students with an affinity for agriculture, or those with a uniquely green thumb, are encouraged to take advantage of scholarships being sponsored by the Southeast Master Gardeners Association this year.

Sharon Barton, an association board member, said the two scholarships - each amounting to $1,000 - are intended to help students who are interested in going into horticulture, botany, agriculture or forestry. But applicants are not limited to just those fields, she said.

"The association would like to support kids that are interested in going into areas that are related to our interest," Barton said. "We just want to foster our passion in these kids. Higher education is very expensive, so any help they can get, I'm sure they can use."

Barton said the scholarships are open to all Southeast Alaska students who are currently seniors, have recently graduated or are already enrolled in a university or post-graduate program or technical school. Applicants should have C-average grades or above and follow the guidelines in the application packet, which includes a thousand-word essay outlining their extracurricular activities, why they've chosen their field of study and why they would be a good prospect for the scholarship.

"(And), we'd sure like them to come back into the community, but that's not a requirement," Barton said.

The application period will be open until April 30.

Barton said winners will be chosen before the association's conference scheduled May 12-14 in Juneau.

For detailed information about the scholarship requirements or for more information, contact Barton at sharonbarton@gci.net or 907-364-3153.



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