Scholarship Information - 2017
The AHGC has awarded academic scholarships to 24 outstanding students since 2003. Each year the Garden Club tries to award at least one $1500 academic scholarship to assist local students. Applications are available at the bottom of this page and are due on May 1st, with recipients announced by mid-June. Primary consideration is given to applicants pursuing study in the fields of landscape architecture, horticulture, botany, forestry, agriculture, marine biology and environmental science. However, other fields of interest will be given consideration. Please see a list of examples to download at the bottom of this page. Extra credit is given if an applicant can demonstrate a working experience in the horticulture/floral/nursery community. Applicants must be residents of Arlington Heights or adjoining communities.
Personal Development Award
(For Club Members Only with one year of membership)
The personal development award is a program to encourage gardening and horticultural training to our club members and assist with the cost of the class. Awards shall be for 50% of class or program registration/tuition with a maximum of $200 per grant per application. Only one award per year per individual shall be granted. Personal Development applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year.
Proceeds from the annual Garden Walk and Unique Boutique are used to fund scholarship and club activities.
Detailed information on the scholarship programs is on the application forms. To request additional information on these programs or have questions answered, please click to send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Scholarship Application forms are available in both Word and PDF formats in the Attachment section at the bottom of this page.
Personal Development Awards
The Personal Development Award was created in 2012 to encourage club members to attend gardening themed classes.
One or more outstanding students pursuing study in qualified fields of interest have been awarded academic scholarships each year since 2003. To date, 24 scholarships have been awarded. Scholarship applications can be submitted each year as long as a student has a record of continuing achievement.
Alena Neuswanger, Arlington Heights, IL -- $1500 Scholarship for 2016/17
This will be Alena's senior year of college at the Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL, where she has maintained a 3.37 GPA. She is studying to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
As you can see, Alena is not the traditional applicant for the AHGC scholarship; she is completing her degree in nursing. She has been associated with gardening throughout her years. Growing up her grandmother and father were inspirations and provided gardening training for her with both outside vegetable gardens and inside with African violets. While she is passionate about becoming a nurse, she has always maintained an appreciation for gardening and working with the earth. As president of Illinois Wesleyan University’s student run Peace Garden, Alena takes time out of her busy clinical nursing schedule to plant, tend, and harvest the many crops at the garden. As president for the 2016-2017 year, Alena will oversee the relocation of the garden space, continue to organize the student volunteers, as well as coordinate the community education events and produce sales. At home, Alena and her family continue to cultivate a wide variety of plants and vegetables in their raised-bed gardens. Continuing her love for the healthcare field, Alena has a strong interest in the medicinal quality of plants and hopes to incorporate a holistic and homeopathic approach to her future as a nurse.
She worked throughout high school as a child caregiver and lifeguard and a swimming instructor at Olympic Pool. At college she works as a student Assistant at Arnold Health Services providing students pre-nursing tasks and assisting with medical consultations.
Alena is also an active volunteer participating over the years and at various levels in the Student Nurses Association, the Peace Garden, the IL Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo, the AH First United Methodist Church, Olympic Pool, Petsmart, PADS, and as an AH Junior Library Volunteer.
Her current extracurricular activities include: Cohesion Dance Company, Student Choreographed Dance concert, Continuity, a comedy troupe.
This scholarship will assist Alena with the cost of her education during her senior year. It will be interesting to see if graduate school or a job will be the next event on her schedule.