Bedford Garden Club Announces its Scholarship Winners for 2017

Submitted by the Bedford Garden Club

The Bedford Garden Club is proud to announce two recipients who were awarded Bedford Garden Club Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.

  • Janelle Deneau developed her interests in Environmental Science and Geography through outdoor activities such as family gardening, 4-H (a program that included keeping and showing a cow), working on a farm and exploring the world around her.  She currently works at Chip-in Farm doing chores around the farm and taking care of the animals.  Described as a “thoughtful person who takes pride in helping others, she is a conscientious and responsible student.”
  • Zane Sharkawy plans to study Biomedical Engineering/Environmental Engineering with a strong interest in Materials Technology – a breakthrough powering innovation in digital media and communications, agriculture, energy, and healthcare.  An example would be a new material developed to extract air from low relative humidity environments and transform it into high-quality drinking water, or a new material that has been developed to absorb water and nutrients and release it slowly over time and can now be added to soil to make agricultural land more productive.  Zane presents excellent grades in a strong variety of study and brings travel and study abroad, music, sports, and ROTC to his experiences.  He will be attending Ohio State University.

The Bedford Garden Club also awarded a scholarship funded by the family of Elizabeth Ladd of Lexington.  An avid gardener all her life, the Elizabeth Ladd Scholarship of $1,500 was presented by her son, Larry Ladd.

The recipient of this award was Amanda Brown who has just completed her sophomore year at the University of Vermont (UVM).  Her interests in Plant and Soil Science and Plant Biology continues to grow, encompassing such fields as Botany, Commercial Propagation, Garden Flowers, Permaculture, Landscape Design, Ecological Economics, Botanical Drawing and Environmental Studies.  Building upon interests begun with home gardening and working at a local garden center, she writes “I dream of one day reintegrating nature back into the landscape with native species and I hope to teach ways in which gardens can provide not only a beautiful living space but the potential to feed and heal.  Amanda will continue her studies at UVM this fall.

We wish the three recipients success in their future careers.

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