June 6, 2020 - 1:51pm -- noggle.17@osu.edu

June 6, 2020:  The Paulding County Master Gardeners provide education and information about horticulture to the citizens of Paulding County.  In 2020, they will be offering their 5th annual college scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded to provide access to educational opportunities for Paulding County residents.  The scholarship was developed from money from their annual plant sale.  The Master Gardeners want anyone pursuing a degree in horticulture to have the opportunity to further their education. Even though the 2020 plant sale did not commence, the MGVs are still offering an opportunity for this scholarship.   

The scholarship will be up to $1,000. (Number and amount of award (s) to be determined by committee members.) 

The application is open to any Paulding County Ohio high school (Paulding, Wayne Trace, or Antwerp) or Home School graduates who have completed one year of further education at a college, university, or technical/trade school in the fields of horticulture, agriculture, conservation, or forestry.  The scholarship will be awarded regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, gender, disability, or national origin.  The recipient is determined by the Scholarship Committee of the Paulding County Master Gardeners based on the applications submitted.  Priority will be given to horticulture majors.  Applicants shall list leadership qualities in youth organizations, community activities, and agricultural activities.  The committee may request an interview once applications are reviewed.

Applicants must mail a completed and signed application with all attachments required on the form to the Paulding County Master Gardeners, 503 Fairgrounds Drive, Paulding, Ohio 45879.  The request must be postmarked by June 15, 2020.  Hand-delivered applications will not be accepted. Due to the COVID-19 telework scenario with OSU Extension, applications for 2020 can be emailed to Sarah Noggle at noggle.17@osu.edu.

The scholarship winner will be decided by July 15, 2020, and the monies awarded in the fall of 2021 directly to the recipient.  Guidelines of the value of the scholarship and requirements for receiving scholarship monies will be sent to the recipient (s) only.  The recipient will be set up as a vendor of the Ohio State University and will receive a 1099 tax form from the Ohio State University for tax purposes.  All decisions made by the scholarship committee are final.

For more detailed information and the scholarship application, visit the Paulding County Extension website at www.paulding.osu.edu (Choose Master Gardener Volunteers and Forms and Applications) or the OSU Extension Paulding County Facebook page. 

For additional information on any crop or horticulture topic, contact Sarah Noggle, Paulding County Extension Educator, Ag, and Natural Resources, at noggle.17@osu.edu or call 419-399-8225.