Scholarship Information - 2015
Academic Scholarship awarded to Kelly Kowal! (Please see below)
The AHGC has awarded academic scholarships to 23 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 in January 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 if the applicant can demonstrate 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 - new in 2012)
The personal development award has been added to the program to encourage gardening and horticultural training and assist with the class cost to our club members. 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 are used to fund scholarship and club activities.
Information on the scholarship programs is included 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.
The first Personal Development Award has been given to Jenifer Richardson to assist her in taking the Master Gardener program offered by the U of I Extension Division. This award provides financial assistance for 50% of the class fee.
Jennifer Richardson , AHGC -- $200 Personal Development Award
One outstanding student has been awarded an academic scholarship for the last three years for her proven record of continuing achievement. We wish her well in her college experiences as she pursues her career goals.
Kelly Kowal, Arlington Heights, IL -- $1500 Scholarship for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
This is the fourth year for Kelly, who has received our scholarship since 2012.
This will be Kelly's senior year of college at the University of Wisconsin –Platteville, where she has maintained a 3.75 GPA. She is pursuing an Agricultural Business /Communications & Marketing curriculum. She will be graduating in December 2015, a full semester early, by taking additional courses each semester along with a summer internship program.
Kelly is an excellent student and involved in many extracurricular activities. This year she joined NAMA, the National Agri-Marketing Association, which sponsors a Team at UW-Platteville. This team developed a marketing plan for a product and took it to a national competition where they took 5th place out of 28 teams. Kelly was selected to present this marketing plan for the competition. She has also gained experience in her summer internships with the Lake County Farm Bureau and Knupper's Nursery and Landscape. Over the years Kelly has also been involved in various volunteering activities to the point where volunteering has now become part of her lifestyle.
This scholarship will assist Kelly with the cost of her education during her remaining semester until graduation in December. It will be interesting to see if graduate school or a job will be the next event on her schedule.
The Arlington Heights Garden Club wishes Kelly great success in whatever she decides to pursue.