Garden Club sows seeds of future with scholarships

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 13, 2012

 Harriet Marcet of Sterling Heights, a member of the Warren Garden Club, works in the courtyard of the Warren Community Center April 12. The club is offering two $500 scholarships to qualified high school students in Warren.

Harriet Marcet of Sterling Heights, a member of the Warren Garden Club, works in the courtyard of the Warren Community Center April 12. The club is offering two $500 scholarships to qualified high school students in Warren.

Photo by Brian C. Louwers

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WARREN — Students preparing to enter college for horticulture, forestry, medicine or family and consumer sciences are eligible to apply for a little financial help from their friends at the Warren Garden Club.

The club, a branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association, is again offering two scholarships in the amount of $500 each to Warren high school students.

The funds, raised by the group’s annual garden walk in July — this year’s event will be held July 15 — and a holiday greenery sale in December, will be awarded this spring during awards presentations held at the schools of the selected recipients.

“Every little bit helps,” said Shelia Stateler, the Warren Garden Club’s scholarship chair. “I think these kids, they’re more concerned about their next baseball game, not who’s going to pay for their tuition.”

The scholarship donation of $1,000 total, split between two students, was approved by Garden Club members, as it has been for many years. Stateler said she presented educators at each Warren high school with information about the scholarships this year and requested they recommend students who would best use the funds.

The club’s membership will make a final determination on fund distribution. Funds will be disbursed directly to the colleges specified by scholarship recipients.

The bylaws of the Warren Garden Club dictate the scholarships should be awarded for students pursuing agriculture, horticulture, forestry, scientific purposes, family and consumer sciences or a medical profession.

Members said the club, founded in 1937, has offered the scholarships for at least 40 years, and the club’s primary goal has always been teaching.

“It’d be interesting to know how much money we paid out through the years in scholarships,” Warren Garden Club member Lurline Sears said. “Our purpose is to promote the environment.”

The application deadline for the scholarships through the Warren Garden Club is May 1. Students or educators seeking more information about the scholarships can contact Shelia Stateler of the Warren Garden Club at (586) 264-5753.

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