The deadline for Education Grants and Scholarships is January 16, 2018
For more information contact: Diane Hastert
EDUCATION-SCHOLARSHIP RIDES AGAIN!
This lucky committee has money to award in grants and scholarships. Please help us identify potential recipients who can help further our mission.
Several years ago, we voted to earmark funds bequeathed to us by Virginia Canfield for an internship program. Past internships have been awarded to The Nature Conservancy, the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Lyon Arboretum. This year we will examine whether this program as presently structured is the best use of Ginny’s legacy, and the applications received will help further that discussion.
Since 2005, with wonderful success, we have awarded approximately $3,500 annually to Windward Community College student(s) studying bio-resource development or plant biotechnology. This year we will look at all scholarship opportunities for means to extend our reach.
In other words, we have work to do. Please take a look at the first page of the Green Book for our mission, activities and purpose – use your imagination – think outside the flower pot, and forward all ideas and suggestions to us.
The deadline for intern grant requests and scholarship applications is February 15, 2017.
The Garden Club of America, of which the Garden Club of Honolulu is a member, offers a number of scholarships and fellowships each year. Many of these awards are listed below. Please check the GCA website at http://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships for more information.
By Jann Boxold
On November 17, a Donor Mahalo Reception was held at Windward Community College. The event honored WCC scholarship recipients and acknowledged organizations and individuals who provided their scholarships. WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra, and UH Foundations’ Executive Director of Development for Community Colleges and TGCH member, KC Collins, hosted the event.
It is heartwarming to know that TGCH is helping students reach their goals. In 2016 our club awarded scholarships to two very impressive students at WCC, Michele Osurman and Eli Vendiola. Michele spoke eloquently at the event. She is from a family of six children with a single mother and is a plant science major. She stated, “I know things as simple as plant identification, erosion control, or sustainability practices goes a long way in helping me achieve my goals. I want to pursue medicine and utilize herbal medicine and my background of plant science to treat patients with different ailments.” She plans to attend UH Manoa and medical school.
Eli Vendiola was unable to attend the event but shared in a statement that twenty years after graduating from Kahuku High School (where he was a football standout), he decided to attend college. He is currently a student in WCC’s Agriculture Technology program and later plans to attend either UH Manoa to earn a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management or UH West Oahu where he would enroll in the new Sustainable Community Food Systems program.
Many thanks to last year’s Education/Scholarship Chair Kathy Hong and her committee and mahalo to our current Chair Diane Hastert and her group. Since 1974, TGCH has provided 47 gifts totaling $85,544.78 to the University. We are making a difference!
Garden Club of Honolulu scholarship recipient Leslie Ann Huapala Baker:
Click on the YouTube icon. There is a wonderful YouTube video “Scholarships Make it Possible” featuring Leslie.