The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association annually award up to six $1,000.00 Memorial Scholarships to eligible graduating high-school and home-school seniors in the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren and the City of Winchester.
The goal of the Memorial Scholarships is to encourage students to focus on a horticultural-related field while attending college and to continue volunteering and supporting their communities. Pictured are several of the 2019 Scholarship recipients: Cynthia Fairbanks, Julija Martin, and Mikalyla St.Claire, along with Extension Master Gardener Cathy Dickey.
The scholarships are a memorial to those active NSVMGA Extension Master Gardeners who died during their volunteer service to the VCE Master Gardener program.
The NSVMGA Scholarship Review Committee will base awards on scholastic merit. Additional eligibility criteria includes student volunteerism and membership in an agricultural, horticultural, or related science-based community service organization, such as FFA, 4-H, Humane Society, etc. and plans to attend a Virginia college or university (two or four-year program) with plans to pursue a career in agriculture or horticulture.
Along with the application, letters of recommendation are required from a faculty member and volunteer-organization leader. In addition, students must provide a letter to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson that addresses why the student is deserving of the scholarship and goals the student has set for the future.
The 2020 application deadline has passed. Please check back later for the 2021 deadline.
Recipients of the awards will be notified in May each year.
Contact Memorial Scholarship Chairperson Lynn Hoffmann with any questions.