May 21, 2014

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The Modesto Garden Club has awarded nine $1,500 scholarships to students majoring in horticulture-related subjects.

Garden Club awards nine horticulture scholarships

The Modesto Garden Club has awarded nine $1,500 scholarships to students majoring in horticulture-related subjects.

Scholarships have been awarded to:

• Anthony Arce, Hughson, graduating from Hughson High School and attending Cornell University next year to major in environmental engineering
• Giana Amador, Turlock, attends UC Berkeley, majoring in genetics and plant biology to become a research scientist
• Zachary Baptista, Hughson, attends Cal Poly, majoring in environmental horticulture to become a landscape designer
• Brad Borges, Oakdale, attends MJC, majoring in agriculture science to get into agriculture education
• Tommy Chong, Modesto, graduating from Modesto High School and will attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in city and regional planning to become an urban planner
• Chelsea Fabrizio, Modesto, attending MJC, majoring in crop/soil science with the goal of being a plant scientist
• Ryan Garrett, Modesto, graduating from Beyer High School, will attend CSU Long Beach to major in botany to become a conservation biologist
• Samuel Monteon, attending MJC and transferring to Fresno or Chico to major in ag sciences and work in ag education
• Garrett Morales, Atwater, attending MJC and majoring in crop science, to work in sales and marketing for crop production.

Scholarship funds are provided by the club’s Spring Garden Tour. Modesto Garden Club also does community beautification projects, therapeutic gardening for seniors, gardening with children, and member and public education.

Students gain aid for studies abroad

Graduating senior Nicholas Anderson from Gregori High School received a $2,000 honorarium from the local Modesto Chapter of AFS. Anderson is awaiting news about his placement in France for the 2014-15 school year with AFS Intercultural Programs/USA.

The AFS chapter awards money to students going abroad from Modesto City Schools.

Shannen Winkles of Soulsbyville (which is a part of the Sierra San Joaquin Area Team) was awarded a full scholarship for her program in Chile from the Elita Hawley Scholarship Fund. This fund assists students in the San Joaquin Valley and is available to Modesto-area students.

Students interested in going abroad should contact Nancy Howard at:, Jose Ruiz-Salas at:, or look online at for scholarship information.

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