McHenry Garden Club to Award $3,000 in Scholarships

The McHenry Garden Club will award Scholarships totaling $3,000 to High School graduating seniors and students currently enrolled in a college or university. This program is supported by our annual spring “Container Garden Gala” and winter “Holiday Floral Show.”

Guidelines for Scholarships
Primary consideration will be given to applicants pursuing study in ecological fields such as landscape architecture, horticulture, botany, forestry, agriculture, or environmental science.

The scholarship funds must be applied to tuition, fees and course materials, and funds will be dispersed to the college or university upon completion of the first semester and registration for the second semester.

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, be a legal citizen, reside in the School District of McHenry and have graduated or be enrolled in their final year of high school.

A completed scholarship application, school transcripts and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or member of the school administration must be submitted by April 3, 2018. Each candidate may be interviewed by garden club committee members.

Application forms are available at McHenry East and West High Schools, Marian Central Catholic High School, MCC, McHenry Chamber of Commerce, McHenry Public Library, McHenry Municipal Center and on our website

For more information, please call Judy at 815-271-5074.

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To be completed by applicant
Due April 3, 2018

Date of Application____________________ Date of Birth____________________

Name________________________________________________________ Sex_____________
Last First Initial

Home Address _____________________________________________________________________
Street City State Zip

Telephone #__________________________

High School__________________________ Date of Graduation_______________________

Father’s full name___________________________________________________________________

Mother’s full name__________________________________________________________________

Number of children in family__________________________

Do you reside with your parents? _____________ If not, with whom? _______________________

List the student activities in which you have participated in high school or college. Note the recognition you have received:

In what community activities (not directly connected with high school or college) have you participated? List recognitions you have received:

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Please identify the reason(s) you intend to take courses in horticulture, agriculture, plant science, or an agriculture related field.

What hobbies or special interests do you have?

Name the college, university, or vocational school you will attend. __________________________________________________________________

Briefly state what your major field of study in higher education will be. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Why do you feel you should be awarded a McHenry Garden Club scholarship?


Deadline for submitting these items for McHenry Garden Club Scholarship is April 3, 2018:
This application
Official  transcript
One reference from your guidance counselor, principal,  or teacher

MAIL TO: McHenry Garden Club, 5618 Chesapeake Dr., McHenry, IL 60050

Current Scholarship Winners


 2016 – Our scholarships were awarded to the following from left to right.  A $500 winner is Brooke Weltch from McHenry West High School.  She will attend Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.  She plans to major in Classical Archeology with emphasis on ancient civilizations and their impact on the environment.  Our $1500 winner is Ivan DeJesus from McHenry East High School who will attend Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  His major course of study will be Environmental Sciences.  Another $500 winner is Morgan Rudd from McHenry East High School.  Morgan will attend McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.  Her major will be in the area of Horticulture and Landscape Design.  We are extremely proud of all of our winners!
Previous Winners

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2015 – McHenry High School East Campus Graduate, Katelynn McManus, majoring in Environmental Studies, at the University if Denver; and McHenry High School West Campus Graduate, Megan Hart, majoring in Environmental Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  This year’s winners were each awarded $1,000.00 scholarships.

2014scholarships2014 – McHenry High School East Campus Graduate, Ovidio Jasso, majoring in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and Landscape Design at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; and McHenry High School West Campus graduate, Bridget Kiernan majoring in Health & Sciences in the field of Environmental Studies of Human interaction within the Natural environment at DePaul University.



2013 – Amy M. Kruse, a graduate of West Campus, will be attending Kansas State University and her $2,000 award will go towards her major in Agricultural Economics. Clayton G.W. Cooper, graduate of East Campus, will be attending Mississippi State University and his $1,000 award will go towards his major in Forestry and Wildlife Management. It was an honor to present this award to these wonderful and inspiring graduates.

2012 Scholarship Winners: James Catarello, Sierra Semel, Sarah R. Andersen, and Mitchell Noworolnik.

2012 – James Catarello, graduate of Marian Central, was awarded a $1500 scholarship to the University of Iowa towards his degree in Environmental Engineering. Sierra Semel, graduate of McHenry West, was awarded a $500 scholarship to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale towards her major in Zoology and conservation. Sarah R. Andersen, graduate of McHenry East, was awarded $1,000 scholarship to Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI, towards her major in the Art of Ministry to study Urban Ministry. Mitchell Noworolnik, graduate of McHenry East, was awarded a $1500.00 Scholarship to the University of Montana, Missoula, towards his major in Forestry.

2011 – Samantha Anderson

Samantha is from McHenry High School West Campus, and will be studying the field of Bio Chemistry in Plant Study at the DePauw University located in Greencastle Indiana.



2010 – Amy McReynolds

McHenry High School West Campus Graduate, Amy E. McReynolds, daughter of Scott and Mary McReynolds, is the McHenry Garden Club’s 2010 Scholarship recipient. Amy will be attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where she will be attending the College of Horticulture to major in Plant and Soil Science.


2009 – Dan Cross

Dan Cross is a May 2009 Graduate of McHenry West HS attending McHenry County College. He enjoys wresting and football and has been active in Business Professionals of America, the talent show, pep rallies and Youth Commission/PADS. Dan’s family is part of the horticulture community. His mother is a landscape designer working as a wholesale plant manager at a local nursery. His brother works at another nursery. Dan states that his family has always been interested in plants. Dan plans to take more courses to decide his area of interest and says “I enjoy giving back to my community”.

2009 – Angelia Giblin

Angelia, a 2009 McHenry West Campus graduate, intends to major in Environmental Science and is currently attending MCC. Her future plans are to attend the University of California, Berkeley. Her strong passion is in preserving and cleaning the worlds ecosystems in order to provide safe and beautiful places for humans and animals to live in. Besides being active in the school’s Environmental Club she was active in other student and community activities.

2008 – Meagan Grahm

Meagan Grahm, daughter of Frank and Maureen Grahm, was the 2008 recipient of the McHenry Garden Clubs $500 scholarship. Megan, a graduate of McHenry High School West Campus won the award for her excellent grades and volunteer work in the community. She plans to attend Western Illinois University.