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The Woodinville Garden Club held an in-person garden tour event last summer to help fundraise for philanthropic efforts like the scholarship program.

Since the Woodinville Garden Club first established its scholarship program several years ago, more than $50,000 in awards have been granted to local students with an interest in horticulture. 

As a new addition this year, the garden club has named a third scholarship to honor the late board member Carol Agers, who died this year. Marcia Houdek Jimenez, Woodinville Garden Club scholarship committee chair, said the amount is still to be determined.

“She had requested to give money to the garden club in lieu of flowers when she passed,” Houdek Jimenez said.

To apply, students must pursue a two-year, four-year or graduate degree from an accredited college, university or vocational school. She said required areas of study include horticulture, botanical environmental studies, landscape design, agronomy, botanical sustainability or other plant-related fields. 

Scholarship judges will evaluate applications based on the student’s transcripts, reflection statement and letters of recommendation. Houdek Jimenez said the judges will consider financial needs and career plans as well.

Application materials for the 2022-23 academic year are due Feb. 15. The club will announce winners by March 15, she said.

Houdek Jimenez said applicants can apply for the scholarship through the club’s website or washboard.org, which is a Washington state clearinghouse for scholarships.

“People can apply through the state website at the same time that they're applying for lots of other scholarships,” she said. “It's very convenient for applicants.”

Houdek Jimenez said fundraising during the pandemic proved to be challenging for the club. Last spring, the club hosted the Woodinville Tour of Gardens event after a yearlong hiatus due to COVID-19.

“We are grateful to our community for their generous support of our plant sales and the Woodinville Tour of Gardens that enables our group to give back locally and globally,” a news release from the garden club said.

According to the club website, the next garden tour is anticipated for June 25, 2022. Members are still collecting garden recommendations, artwork entries and community sponsorships for the tour.

She said the club’s other fundraiser, a plant sale, has been conducted online for the past two years. 

“We have some amazingly talented women who were able to set up that technology, so we have been able to continue with the modified fundraising over the past couple of years,” she said.

The club is hoping to host an in-person plant sale in May, she added.  

To apply or learn more about the scholarship application, visit the club website at www.woodinvillegardenclub.org. For additional questions, email scholarships@woodinvillegardenclub.org.

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