Glacial Gardeners group awards $1,000 scholarships

FLORENCE, Wis. – Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association awarded two $1,000 Inga Fleming Memorial scholarships to area students at its regular July meeting.

Winning the award for the first time was Abigail Reimer, daughter of Bruce and Lisa Reimer of Sagola.

Reimer attended North Dickinson High School. She will be attending Bay Community College and then Northern Michigan University, majoring in Wildlife Biology.

Earning a second-year award was Kyle McGillviray, son of Joanne McGillviray of Kingsford.

McGillviray attended Kingsford High School. He is entering his second year at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, majoring in Wildlife Ecology with a minor in Soil Sciences.

Scholarships are available to students living in Dickinson and Iron counties of Michigan and Florence and Marinette counties of Wisconsin.

Students must plan to pursue a two- or four-year degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agricultural Education, Agronomy, Botany, Entomology, Environmental Science, Forest Service, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, or Wildlife Ecology.

Scholarship amounts can vary, with a minimum award being $500.

Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Volunteers are a group of trained volunteers and associates whose role is to assist the University of Wisconsin Extension in educating the public on research-based topics relating to horticulture and the environment.

“Since the establishment of the association in 1997, one of our missions has been to reach out to the youth in our combined communities,” a spokesperson said. “Through the offering of our scholarships, we hope to give area high school students a stepping stone on their journey to higher education.”

Applications for scholarships are available at all area high school counselors’ offices, as well as online at www.wimastergardener.org/?q=glacial.

Glacial Gardeners meet on the second Tuesday of the month in the lower level of the Natural Resource Center in Florence, Wis. Members of the public are welcome to join and need not be master gardeners.