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Congratulations to this year's scholarship winners!

Both the FGCV and the NGC awarded scholarships to two lucky recipients. Both were highlighted at the Annual Meeting on June 11th.


2024 FGCV Scholarship

2024 FGCV Scholarship Recipient, Will E. Durkin a Senior at University of Vermont in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

"My career goal is to become an ecologist working either the state or federal agency."

May 28th, 2024

Dear Members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont,

I am so honored to have received this year's student scholarship. I greatly appreciate your support and admire the great work that all the Garden Clubs do across the state. I am sad to miss being there and meeting with you all in Manchester, as southern Vermont feels like a second home to me. My grandfather lived in Dorset for many years and loved his vegetable garden, working in it well into his 90s.

This scholarship will help fund my master's research at the University of Vermont centered in understanding how to best manage our forests in a changing climate. I assessed the vulnerability of forest types in northern New England and now am working with landowners to identify best stewardship actions to improve climate resiliency. Stewardship is best done with future generations in mind-a Native American proverb says this best with, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children".

Thank you again for making this scholarship possible!



NGC Scholarship Award For A College Student

This year Jake Darling of UVM is the winner of the $4,000 scholarship.

Left to Right: Doris Van Mullen President FGCV, Jake Darling, winner, Mark Starrett UVM Professor


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