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Garden club offers scholarships and grants

The Aloha Garden Club is now accepting applications for their scholarships and grants.

The club has awarded $64,000 in grants and scholarships since 2003, according to club member Janet Taylor. Club members raise funds through their annual plant sale, which the club prepares for all year.

The club offers grants to nonprofit groups for gardening projects related to natural resource conservation, community improvement or environmental concerns. It also evaluates applications and awards grants based on the project’s community impact. Any project taking place within Washington County is eligible.

To apply, submit a written plan including proposed expenditures and any potential matching funds. Include title of the project, name of the group or person requesting the grant, contact person and contact information, project timeline, who will benefit from the grant, man-hours needed, cost of materials and an itemized budget, and a plan for future maintenance and monitoring.

The club also offers scholarships to individuals who are pursuing a course of study in horticulture, horticultural therapy, landscape design, natural resource conservation, forestry or botany.

Applicants must reside in Washington County, be enrolled or plan to enroll in a two- to four-year program, or be enrolled in adult continuing education classes. Applicants must be at least a senior in high school.

A scholarship application should include the application form, essay, copy of transcripts, letter of recommendation from a horticultural mentor, and an explanation of tuition fees and supplies. Contact Carolyn Guinther at 503-645-4180 for an application form.

The largest grants and scholarships are $1,500. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2014, and applicants will be notified by March 21. Send applications to Aloha Garden Club, c/o Carolyn Guinther, 19885 S.W. Jaylee Street, Beaverton, OR 97007.

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