The Modesto Garden Club is now taking applications for six $1,500 scholarships from eligible high school seniors and college students. Completed applications packets are due by April 6.

To apply, applicants must have a major related to the Modesto Garden Club mission, attendance at a two- or four-year college as an undergraduate for the 2016-17 academic year, and residency in or attendance at a high school or college in Stanislaus County.

Participants will be scored on how application answers relate to the Modesto Garden Club’s mission to “educate, impart knowledge and skills of landscape design, floriculture, agriculture, arborvitae, insects, ornamental horticulture and ornithology; to instill the joy of gardening for club members, school children, senior citizens and the community at large.”

Accepted majors include agronomy, agriculture education, floriculture, horticulture landscape design, botany, biology, forestry, wildlife science, plant pathology/science, city planning, habitat or forest/systems ecology, environmental concerns, environmental conservation, land management, or allied subjects.

The club raises money for scholarships through its annual Spring Garden Tour, this year set for April 16.

The Modesto Garden Club was formed in 1924 and now has over 500 members.

The club also supports community beautification projects; therapeutic gardens at care facilities, and school gardens.

For more information, contact Maree Hawkins, Modesto Garden Club Scholarship Committee,, 209-529-1517.

Interested students can email the scholarship chairperson at for application information and forms.

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