Helping someone to grow their mind is an ideal that our club, as well as the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs to which we belong, wholeheartedly supports. Gardeners always have an eye to the next season and to help a student, is to help the future of our world. Every year our club grants both college and youth camp scholarship, to promote education in plant life and the natural environment.
The Gloria Horning College Scholarship-
We want to help students reach their goals for higher education. Our club funds these scholarships by holding a one day rummage sale, every November. Due to the continued support of shoppers and generous donors, we have been able to raise money to assist one or two local high school seniors each year. We seek exceptional graduates who share our goals of environmental conservation, our interest in botany, plant sciences and landscape design, or who demonstrates a strong commitment to community service.
Recipients of our scholarships may also qualify for FFGC, Regional or National Garden Club scholarships.
Youth Camp Scholarships-
The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs run two summer camps for grade school and high school students. Attendees must be sponsored by a federated club and local school staff aid us in finding candidates for partial or whole scholarships.
Wekiva Youth Camp, at Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka, FL is composed of 6 one-week sessions, during June and July. It is non-profit and accredited by the American Camp Association. In the beauty of this pristine setting, campers enjoy nature, crafts, outdoor activities, while learning about local plants, wildlife and conservation. The camp motto is: “Campers Today – Environmental Leaders Tomorrow.
S.E.E.K. – Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge, is an annual environmental conference held in July, for students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Two sessions are held each summer, with 70 students from across the state attending this outstanding 4-day event. The focus is on:
• Climate change, energy conservation, alternative energy, & sustainability
• Water quality & quantity (water pollution & water conservation)
• Loss of wildlife habitat due to deforestation and development
The conference also promotes student initiative and leadership. Activities include field trips, hands-on workshops, interesting talks, and information on careers in environmental science and conservation. Students swim, hike, and canoe, too!
Garden Clubs help support Wekiva Camp, by collecting Campbell’s Soup Labels/UPC codes from Campbell products and Box Tops for Education coupons found on Betty Crocker, General Mills, Pillsbury, Hamburger Helper, Kleenex, and other products. MyCoke Rewards are also being collected. Through the Labels for Education program, FFGC can get a lot of “free stuff” for the camp, such as art, office, classroom, and sports supplies/equipment; computers; cameras; microphones; walkie-talkies; microscopes; and nature books.
If you’d like to help, you can bring these items to a club meeting or read this page for information on where to send them directly and details on collecting the labels.
Interested scholarship applicants may apply through their school Guidance Office or contact us here. If your child would like to attend camp and does not need a scholarship, you should contact us directly.