During the 1920s The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut became an organization with over 30 Connecticut garden clubs as charter members. In the same decade, the clubs joined several other states to eventually unite the National Council of State Garden Clubs. Which is now known as the National Garden of Clubs. There has been without a doubt continuous representation on the National Board since its founding.
The incredible respect that the state has shown and continued through its interests in City Development, Environmental Concerns/ Conservation, Garden Therapy, Historic and Memorial and Public Gardens, Horticulture, Legislation/Government Action, Public Relations, Scholarships, and Youth Activities. Also by sponsoring and supporting the Flower Show, Landscape Design, Gardening, and Environmental Schools for the continuing education and benefit of all members and alumni.
While students can sign up for issues of their catalog (6 issues per year are created and sent out) this is how the garden club is able to organize events and invite members to member-only parties.
In the 1930s, the year would fall on what is known as the Fall Awards Luncheon, The Federation presents its highest honor – the Bronze Medal- to an individual, club, or group for outstanding accomplishments in upholding the aims and purposes of the organization. A multitude of traveling silver awards and certificates of achievement are also presented at that time, both to clubs as well as to individuals.
The first award was officially presented during the 1950s – the Award of Honor – to clubs (at that time only three club-size categories), followed in the 1970s by the Ellen Carder Memorial Award and the Lucille Schavoir Award in the 1970s. Thereafter, four or five were added every decade, with a total of 31 silver awards to date. Tribute Awards, one of the highest awards a garden club member may receive, were begun in the 1990s.
As luck would have it, it has been the Connecticut state flower that has won multiple competitions and continues to be a marvel today. Because of the clubs associated with the garden club community, it is this reputation that has allowed the state to stay on top of the flower-winning competition.
Even today promotors for this prestigious garden club are seen on television during certain parts of the year. The club is a collaborative effort from vendors, gardeners, promoters, and spectators. It has always been a grand privilege to become part of this Gardens Club.
Colleges available in the state of Connecticut are:
- Yale University
- University of Connecticut
- Connecticut College
- Southern Connecticut State University
- Eastern Connecticut State University
- Central Connecticut State University
- University of New Haven
- Sacred Heart University
- University of Bridgeport
- Quinnipiac University
- Capital Community College
- Western Connecticut State University
- Naugatuck Valley Community College
- Gateway Community College
- Wesleyan University
- Manchester Community College
- University of Hartford
- Fairfield University
- Trinity College
- Post University
- The United States Coast Guard Academy
- Goodwin University
- Norwalk Community College
- Housatonic Community College
- Albertus Magnus College
- Mitchell College
- University of Saint Joseph
- Three Rivers Community College
- American Sentinel University
- Charter Oak State College
- Asnuntuck Community College
- Quinebaug Valley Community College
- UConn Stamford
- Northwestern Connecticut Community College
- Tunxis Community College
- Porter and Chester Institute
These are the above colleges that can use this scholarship funding.
- To be considered eligible students must be either in their 3rd or 4th year of college
- All eligible students must maintain a 3.0-grade point average if they wish to be chosen as a recipient of this scholarship
- Both male and female students may apply
- No student can have a prior criminal offense on their record
- All applying applicants must be legal residents of the state of Connecticut
- All applicants must have a valid Connecticut Drivers License or be registered to vote in the state
- Applicants that wish to apply must be studying one of the following fields: Agronomy, Botany, City Planning, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Floriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Land Management, Landscape Design, or Plant Pathology
The main requirement is that the student must be a college 3rd or 4th year who is a citizen of the state of Connecticut in the United States. This solely means that students will need to have to show that they have a state identification card or a voter’s registration card that can be photo scanned.
How to Apply
To apply students will need to have all of their personal and official documents scanned beforehand.
Now there are a few steps students will have to follow when it comes to submitting their application. With the link provided to access the actual scholarship page, students will need to write down the information concerning how to send in the application. Because students can send in their application either online or through the post.
Reward – Extra Benefits
An amazing 40 plus students will be selected as recipients of this award to win $4,000 USD each. This incredible amount is awarded by sending the funds directly to the student’s college bank account to be accredited for that tuition year coverage.
Since this is a private sponsorship, that means that a refund may not be readily available if a student has paid off all of their tuition amount in time, before they receive this amount. The student will need to contact the organization about what would happen if they could use the $4,000 for private use instead of educational use.
The deadline for each year and all prior years has always been July 1, 2022. If at any point this deadline date does change, all applicants would be notified by email.
Open Submission Window Time Frame
The open submission window time frame for this scholarship starts in March of 2022 and goes until July 1, 2022.
If at any point the open submission window time frame scale does change, the website will state that it has and applicants will receive a notification email saying what has changed and the reasoning.
This is an annual scholarship that takes place each year.
All applicants that are unsure of any information they have read about on the website should contact the e-mail address provided in the contact section. Their students will be able to access information that may not be readily available on the actual website itself.