Every year, the Bedford Garden Club awards two scholarships of $1,000 each available to Bedford and Hanscom residents graduating high school or already attending college. Preference is given to students with an interest in pursuing a career in horticulture or related fields, e.g. agriculture, botany, conservation, ecology, forestry, landscape design, and environmental science. These awards are announced annually at the Citizens Scholarship Foundation awards program in June.
Applications for the Bedford Garden Club scholarships are available from the Bedford High School and Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School guidance departments; from Bedford Garden Club Scholarship Chair Judy Brown at New England Nurseries; or by downloading 2017 Scholarship Application
The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) – the statewide organization of garden clubs of which the Bedford Garden Club is a member — also offers 11 scholarships of $1,000 each. Two national scholarships of $2,000 each are also available through the National Garden Club; all students applying for the state scholarships will be considered for the national awards as well.
The GCFM and National Garden Club scholarship applications are due March 1st. The GCFM scholarships are available to students majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design or architecture, conservation, forestry, agronomy, city planning, environmental students, land management, botany, biology and allied subjects. Awards are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Applications, financial aid forms and additional information for the GCFM and National Garden Club scholarships are available on the GCFM website, http://gcfm.org/Education/Scholarships/GCFMScholarships.aspx.