Master Gardeners group needs applicants for $2,500 scholarship

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

BURNET — It’s not often you try to give away money and don’t get a response. But that’s just what members of the Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association found this year with their 2015 scholarship.

“Right now, we haven’t had any applications,” said Lavona Fry of the association. “The deadline is April 30.”

The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association scholarship is $2,500 and open to students who reside within Burnet and Marble Falls school districts (though private and homeschooled students can apply as well).

“We’re looking for students who are interested in pursuing some type of degree in horticulture, plant science or land management,” Fry said. “We have a suggested list of majors on our website, but it’s not limited to those. Those are just some suggestions.”

Last year’s recipient was Zachary Haydon of Faith Academy, who wants to pursue a career as a county extension agent.

And it’s not just for students graduating from high school this year; it can even be utilized by students already in college. Fry pointed out that sometimes a student enters college with one degree in mind but decides on a different path.

“So, somebody already in college could apply, too,” Fry said.

The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association holds various events throughout the year such as the lawn and garden show and a weekly farmers’ market to raise money for community projects and scholarships.

“It’s about giving back and supporting the community,” Fry said regarding the scholarship. “But we need those applications.”

Applications are available through the Master Gardeners website at www.burnetcountyhighlandlakesmastergardener.org. Applicants can find a complete list of requirements at the site.

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