Four local students recently received $500 scholarships from the Newberry Master Gardeners Association.
The scholarships were presented at the association’s June meeting, a picnic held at the home of the club’s president Cathy Cain.
The Association is a non-profit organization with membership open to individuals that have completed the Clemson University Extension Service Master Gardening course or similar program in another state.
The group meets monthly and promotes and supports gardening and other horticultural and agricultural activities in many ways, such as by operating seasonal farmers markets, assisting with maintenance of public spaces such as the Doris Armfield Memorial Garden, and by encouraging local citizens to engage in gardening activities that benefit their well-being.
Funds for the scholarships are raised primarily by the annual sale of spring bulbs at Oktoberfest in Downtown Newberry and by the ongoing sale of plants, garden gloves and hand-crafted garden-related items.
Scholarship funds are made available each spring to residents of Newberry and surrounding counties.
The number of awards is based on scholarship fund balances and applicants complete a rigorous application process.
This year’s recipients are Charleen Alman, a Union resident and sophomore enrolled at Spartanburg Community College, majoring in horticulture technology; Ashley Chaffee, a Newberry resident and 2012 graduate of Newberry Academy who will be attending Clemson University majoring in food science; Steven Broom, a Whitmire resident and junior enrolled at Clemson University majoring in forest resource management; and Brad Werts, a Saluda resident and 2012 graduate of Saluda High School who will be attending USC majoring in business.