The Paradise Garden Club has awarded five $1,000 scholarships to Butte College horticulture students. The Garden Club began hosting an annual garden tour in 1993 to raise funds for the club’s community projects and scholarships. Organizers began awarding the scholarships in 1995. In the past few years, as the popularity of the tour grew, the club increased both the number of scholarships and the dollar amount.
“The main purpose of the Garden Club Tour is to support our beautification of Paradise and also to supply scholarships for the students. We know how difficult it is for students to get funding especially students who are married, have families or who are holding jobs while they are in school. We knew if we could provide scholarship to assist students in achieving their goals then, we’d be accomplishing a lot,” said Pat Law, club president.
This year the Paradise Garden Club received 15 scholarship applications from Butte College students. Five scholarships were awarded, based on GPA, letters of recommendation and financial need, to five environmental horticulture majors: Mary Crone, Annie Keating, Crystal McGrath, Brandt Rix and Abigail Whittaker.
“These scholarships make a huge difference to our students. Most of them work part time, sometimes two or three jobs and commute to school. Scholarships like these are often essential for our students to continue or complete their education. We really appreciate the Paradise Garden Club,” said Tip Wilmarth, Butte College environmental horticulture program coordinator.
The Paradise Garden Club was honored by California Garden Clubs Inc., a statewide federation of 22,000 garden clubs and plant societies, for this scholarship program.
The student recipients of the Paradise Garden Club scholarships will receive their awards at the Annual Butte College Scholarship Awards Reception on Aug. 23.