Lexia and Rachelle

The Bedford Garden Club Scholarship Committee is honored to present their choices for our 2018 Scholarships of $1,000 each. Five highly qualified applicants were considered. Recipients are Rachelle Shao and Lexia Cicone.

Rachelle Shao

Rachelle has chosen to study environmental science at Brown University and to research the links between human actions and the environment, working to ensure a comfortable future for everyone around the earth. Also an accomplished artist, she finds it is important to preserve the natural beauty that inspires her. “I want to continue making art
pieces I find as beautiful as the stars.”

Rachelle has expanded her interests through music, art, working as a volunteer and Emerson Hospital and the VA Hospital, participating in the Environmental Club, Tufts University Biomedical Engineering Internship, the Science Team and Science Bowl, and Women of Science Programs. She received the Harvard Book Award, Bausch and Lomb Science Award, Scholastic Art and Writing National Silver Medal, and PHE International for Youth, receiving first prize in this international calligraphy and painting competition for youth.

Along with her outstanding achievements, Rachelle also shares the personal reasons that she has chosen her field of study. Travelling to China, she struggled to breathe. Her Chinese cousin told her he had never seen stars, and when she visited the Galapagos, she cried because she could finally see the Milky Way.

What does she see in the future? Whatever the future holds, she knows that she will be working for a cleaner and cooler future

Lexia Cicone

Planning to attend Boston University to pursue a double major in Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science, Lexia explains that although these are not new sciences, they still hold many yet to be revealed secrets.

Lexia’s interests through her high school years include the Science Team, Soccer and Volleyball, and the Amnesty International Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society, received the Worcester Art Museum Special History Day Award, and participated in the National History Fair competition and
the Science Olympiad.

Lexia is described as bright, caring, reliable and responsible with a thirst for learning fueling her studies.

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 our 2019 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,