The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association annually awards up to six $1,500 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 scholarship application deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year is March 31, 2024.
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 and stated requirements in the application form. Additional eligibility criteria include 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 an accredited college or university (two or four-year program) to pursue a degree that will lead to a career in an agriculture- or horticulture-related field.
Along with the application, a letter of recommendation is required from a faculty member, employer, or volunteer-organization leader. In addition, students must submit a 500-word essay on a topic described in the application.
Recipients will be chosen without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other basis protected by law. Relatives of NSVMGA members who meet all stated criteria are eligible to receive the scholarship.
Recipients of the awards will be notified in May of each year.
E-mail completed applications and supporting documents to: Scholarship Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
OR mail to:
Scholarship Committee Chair
Virginia Cooperative Extension
107 N. Kent Street
Winchester, VA 22601
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