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.
2021 Scholarship Winners
$1000 Scholarship to Bedrock Gardens (Lee, NH) to pilot emerging educational programs for children and provide scholarships for youth activities and education, with the hopes of inspiring a new generation committed to horticulture and the arts. Bedrock Gardens is in the process of expanding and enhancing its gardens, structures, and parking facilities. Also, more educational opportunities are planned, and the Club’s scholarship will allow disadvantaged students to participate and hopefully inspire attendees to make life and career choices related to the environment.
$1000 Scholarship to The Monarch School (Rochester, NH) to continue to expand their Horticultural Therapy Garden programs for disabled and special students. Children from across the Seacoast area attend this special school which focuses on individual needs. The benefits of their horticulture garden have proven to assist students in multiple ways. This is the second year the school has received a scholarship from Rye Driftwood Garden Club.
$1000 Scholarship to White Pines Programs (York, ME) for NH Seacoast students ages 4 and up for summer horticulture camps, providing environmental educational experiences and understanding of a sustainable natural world. Examples of their programs include Forest Kindergarten, Wild Child Nature Club, and Ways of the Wild. Programs help forge personal resilience, nurture community, and promote care of nature.
$1500 Scholarship to The Seacoast Science Center (Rye, NH) for environmental scholarships to disadvantaged Seacoast students for summer camps which explore the Seacoast and its importance. Programs include both indoor and outdoor activities, which enable them to continue offering camps especially during the summer of COVID.