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Roseville club offers $1,000 to college students majoring in garden topics

May 1 deadline to apply for Roseville Better Gardens Club scholarship

UC Davis Arboretum view with creek
The UC Davis Arboretum is one of the most visible living classrooms for college
students interested in botany, horticulture and related fields. A scholarship is available for students in those areas. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)
Roseville Better Gardens Club wants to grow the next generation of horticultural experts. So, the club annually plows any funds raised through plant sales and other events into a scholarship fund specifically for local college students majoring in gardening-related fields.

It’s time for those students to reap what the Roseville Better Gardens has sown.

The club is now looking for college students to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, available to local students pursuing horticulture-related degrees. Deadline is May 1 to apply.

According to the club’s guidelines, “One-year scholarships will be available to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate college students pursuing a horticulture-related degree. Freshman applicants may apply as a Freshman when entering the sophomore year. Applicants may be part-time or full-time.”

Applicants must be residents of El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento or Yolo counties, either as a home address or while attending a college or university within these counties.

Interested students “must be pursuing a career/occupation related to gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral design or horticulture,” says the club. “(Applicants) must be majoring in one of the following: Agri-business (farming), Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape design, Botany, Forestry, Wildlife science, Plant pathology/science, Habitat or forest systems ecology, Environmental concerns (Management: environmental, Horticulture resource/ environmental behavior), Environmental conservation OR Land management and/or other related.”

For the full guidelines, go to:
Roseville Better Gardens - Scholarship Program - California Garden Club

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