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

The club has awarded $64,000 in grants and scholarships since 2003, according to club member Janet Taylor. It raises funds through an annual plant sale.

The club offers grants to nonprofits for gardening projects related to natural resource conservation, community improvement or environmental concerns.

The club evaluates applications based on the project’s community impact. Any project taking place in Washington County is eligible.

Submit a written plan including proposed expenditures and any potential matching funds. Include the project title, the name of the group or person requesting the grant, a contact person and contact information, the project timeline, a list who will benefit from the grant, “man-hours” needed, an itemized budget including materials cost 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 503-649-3375 for an application form.

The largest grants and scholarships given are $1,500. Application 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 St., Beaverton, Ore. 97007.

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