High School seniors and college age students and their families interested in learning more about the requirements and availability of Springfield Garden Club's scholarships can contact Scholarship Chairperson, . Students from the wider Springfield area are eligible, including Weathersfield, Chester and other school districts served by the River Valley Technical Center located at the Howard Dean Education Center in Springfield. The guidance offices of the schools have information about the scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to students studying in the fields of forestry, horticulture, landscaping, biology, natural sciences or environmental studies.
2021 SGC Scholarship News:
The Scholarship committee is very pleased to announce that Rosalee Saccardo from Green Mountain High School was awarded our Garden Club Scholarship for 2021-22. As she was the only applicant who fully met our requirements, the committee unanimously decided to award her the entire $2000 which was budgeted for the coming year.
Rosalee will be attending Roger Williams University in Rhode Island this fall. Her intended Major is Environmental Science. She has been an active member of the Environmental Club at Green Mountain for the past four years of High School. She spearheaded a school-wide composting program for the school, organized a weekly recycling/composting signage by digital arts students, and also created a website to educate students and staff about environmental issues. In addition, she was very active in other school activities such as the Interact Club, the school newspaper, several theater programs, and musical performances. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was the recipient of many academic awards throughout her high school career.
The committee felt that Rosalee was a very deserving candidate and we were delighted to be able to support her with her future education goals.
Scholarship Committee: Jocelyn Zezza, Margery Collins, and Deanna Dexter.
2020 SGC Scholarship News:
The Garden Club Scholarship Committee is very happy to announce the name of the Scholarship winner this year. This young woman has recently graduated from Green Mountain High School. She is a very impressive scholar, active in community activities and a leader on athletic teams. She has also demonstrated a true passion for the environment.
The Springfield Garden Club is able to offer scholarships to graduating high school seniors thanks to previous Festival of Trees fundraising from generous participants and corporate sponsors.
The winner, Olivia Bernier, is the daughter of Christopher Bernier, wildlife biologist, and Margaret Minehan, a teacher. Olivia will be attending St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY with a focus on environmental sciences. Her goal is to become an Environmental Educator and/or Scientist. Olivia is interested in further exploring the science behind conservation. She has planted trees in a riparian buffer zone, worked to remove invasive honeysuckle and spent time shadowing a bear biologist. “Participating in an influential scientific study alongside field biologists made me aware of how I could combine my passion for the outdoors with meaningful work,” says Olivia.
“The Garden Club is pleased to help students such as this move forward to achieve their dreams. Olivia will be awarded a $1000 scholarship this year,” stated Jocelyn Zezza, Scholarship Chair.
Scholarship Committee: Jocelyn Zezza, Marjorie Collins, and Deanna Dexter.
(photo credit: Karen Vatne)
Previous SGC Scholarship Recipients:
2016 - Ben Bolaski