The 8th MSHS District awarded eight scholarships in 2021. The recipients were students from counties in northeastern Minnesota who were interested in gardening. The funds for the scholarships were received from various sources – gardening clubs and groups, gardeners, memorials.
The top scholarship, the $ 600 Sharon Wildung Memorial Scholarship, went to Andrea Hille of Carlton, MN. Andrea, a student at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, is studying biology for a career in scientific research. His horticultural experiences included working on a berry farm and greenhouse in the Carlton area as well as family gardening. Her parents are Todd and Christine Hille.
Andrew Fox, of Grand Rapids, attended Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids. He is the recipient of the $ 500 Itasca County Master Gardeners Scholarship. He is primarily interested in growing vegetables, but added strawberries and watermelons last summer. He and his sister plan to grow potatoes in compost this year. Andrew will continue his studies at Itasca Community College studying Earth Sciences / Environmental Sciences. His intended occupation is post-secondary education. Her parents are Tim and Lisa Fox.
Josie Drotts, Deer River, attended Deer River High School. She received a $ 500 scholarship from the Grand Rapids Garden Club and an anonymous donor. His experiences with gardening involved his work in a family-owned landscaping, garden center, and landscaping supply business. She learned to transform landscapes into beautiful, pleasant places. His tasks in the greenhouse consisted of watering the plants and planting. Josie’s plans include attending the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Business Marketing with a career envisioned as an advertising, promotion and marketing manager. Her parents are Dan and Jennifer Drotts.
Katherine Eddy, of Grand Rapids, attended Grand Rapids High School. She received a $ 500 scholarship donated by 8th District garden clubs, members and garden friends. Her family grows vegetables in raised gardens. Katherine became interested in creating “fairy” gardens and taught young people in a community education class how to create their own. Katherine plans to take the engineering program at Itasca Community College and eventually become a civil engineer. Her parents are Geno and Deanna Eddy.
Other scholarship recipients include Ella Bahr, Hannah Hannuksela, Rachel School, and Josie Maahs.
Over the 20-plus years of the program, the eligibility requirements have changed to allow not only high school students (and home-schooled students), but also current college and technical school students within District 8 boundaries. MSHS are eligible. The counties include St. Louis, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Carlton and Cook. The 8th MSHS District hopes to have the funds to offer scholarships in 2022. Donations for scholarships can be sent to Carol Borich, Treasurer, 813 NE 5th Ave., Chisholm, MN 55729. Contact [email protected] later this fall for a 2022 application.