To help future generations keep our environment beautiful and clean, Rye Driftwood Garden Club sponsors scholarships to area schools and organizations .
For man years, the Club has awarded two scholarships to second-year horticultural technology students who have maintained an overall GPA average of 3.0 or better at the UNH Thompson School of Horticulture. We have also awarded scholarships for the UNH summer Plant Camp! As UNH has discontinued its Horticultural degree and Plant Camp, RDGC is now sponsoring students at area schools and organizations with programs dedicated to teaching about horticulture and the environment.
2019-2020 Scholarship Winners
Students attending the Monarch School, Rochester, NH. This is a school for severely challenged students. The school teaches students how to plant and take care of the school's garden as a part of the curriculum.
Seacoast Science Center. RDGC awarded six scholarships for students attending SSC's Habitat Exploration week
Henry Burke, Director of Programs at the Seacoast Science Center, discusses the Habitat Exploration program at the RDGC scholarships and landscape grants presentation.
The Tranquillity Garden at the Monarch School.
2018 Scholarship Winners
Sabrina Bellerose - Horticultural Technology
Elaine Friedrichsen - Horticultural Technology
2017 Scholarship Winners
Leann Tsou plans to manage a commercial greenhouse specializing in tissue culture so that she can create plants that are disease and bacteria free. She hopes to bring people the joy of growing exotic plants.
Susanna Bicknell is a Horticultural Technology major with a BS degree in Business Administration. Her vision is to invest in property in New England to cultivate the land into a sustainable greenhouse or nursery.
Plant Camp Scholarships
In 2018, the Club voted to support the UNH Plant Camp! on a yearly basis. In 2017, RDGC sponsored 2 students to attend the camp. Plant Camp! a fun-filled, week-long day camp for children to explore and learn about plants, their use and their role in our world.