The Club offers annual scholarships to graduates of Bedford High School, Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School and Bedford residents currently in college who are pursuing academic studies in horticulture or related subjects. The Scholarship Committee chooses one or two recipients to each receive a $1,000 Bedford Garden Club scholarship.
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 our 2019 Scholarship Application
The 2019 recipients were Lucy Santiago and Janelle Deneau. Lucy, a 2019 graduate of Bedford High School, is attending Yale University with a double major in Environmental Science and Anthropology. She sees these two disciplines as key to preserving nature’s delicate and fragile balance.
Janelle, a junior at UMass-Amherst, is an Environmental Science major with an interest in species preservation and conservation, who just completed a summer internship at the New England Aquarium.
Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Scholarships
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, https://www.gcfm.org/gcfm-scholarships