Scholarships awarded to teens seeking careers in horticulture

FREEHOLD, NJ – This fall, the Master Gardeners of Monmouth County awarded scholarships to two Monmouth County high school graduates who have chosen to pursue careers in a horticulture-related field at Rutgers University.

A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Alessandra Looman of Wall who graduated from Wall Township High School in June 2010.  Looman is using her award to pursue a degree in environmental engineering.

A second scholarship award of $500 was granted to James Gilligan of Spring Lake Heights who graduated from the county’s Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune, in June 2010. Gilligan is using his award to pursue a degree in landscape design and architecture.

Members of the 2010 Master Gardeners scholarship committee were Howard Bodner, Jim Laude, Carol Migrala and Karin Poorvin.

The county’s Master Gardeners hold several fundraising events during the year that are used to fund the scholarship program.

Applications for the next 2011 Monmouth County Master Gardener scholarship program will be available in March 2011 from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County. The deadline for submittal of a complete application is June 30.  For more information, contact the Master Gardeners at 732-431-7260 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..