Wisconsin Garden Club Scholarships
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. Thomas Jefferson

The mission of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF) includes providing education and opportunities for its members through gardening, floral design, community and the environment. The WGCF extends these opportunities to college students through its scholarship program. Scholarships encourage the study of horticulture, floriculture, landscape design and architecture, botany, forestry, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental studies, city planning, land management or related studies.

WGCF scholarships are funded through interest money accrued from the Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Garden club members and others donate to this fund as a tribute or in memory of a friend or loved one. Several members have generously bequeathed or sponsored named scholarships.

WGCF Scholarship Donation Form

How to Apply:

Students having at least a 3.0 GPA in a scientific field of study enhancing the environment whose primary residence is Wisconsin may apply, for the following school year, during their sophomore – senior year of a four-year college or during graduate school. (Exception: Myrtle B. Ogilvie Scholarship: GPA of 2.5 or above, freshmen and those attending a two-year college may apply.) Students applying for a WGCF scholarship must attend a school within Wisconsin. Those applying for a NGC scholarship do not have this requirement.

WGCF scholarships are handled through the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region in Appleton, WI.  To apply for the scholarships, you will need to register on the site. WGCF scholarship applications are due by January 20th.

NCG Scholarship applications need to be submitted by February 1 of each year.

For additional information, contact WGCF Scholarship Chair, Mary Ellen Sedlachek.

Named WGCF Scholarships

  • Della Balousek, a late member of the Olbrich Garden Club in Madison donated countless hours of her talent to her garden club and the WGCF, provides a scholarship of $2,500 based on 50% academic record, 25% character, and 25% occupational objective. Number of awards may vary.
  • Carolyn Craig, a current member from New Richmond and former Scholarship Selection Chairman, offers a $2,000 scholarship based on 50% academic record, 30% financial need, 10% character, and 10% occupational objectives.
  • Myrtle Ogilvie, a late member from Appleton active in various positions of the WGCF, presents a $1,000 scholarship to students studying horticulture, floriculture, landscape design and architecture, botany, forestry, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental studies, city planning, land management or related studies.(Applications for the Myrtle Ogilvie scholarship will be accepted in late 2016 for the 2017-18 school year.)
  • Irene Straus, a late garden club member and founding member of the Olbrich Garden Center in Madison, offers $1,000 scholarships to students enrolled in the study of horticulture, landscaping, environmental sciences, conservation, forestry and other similar fields of study based on 50% academics, 25% character and 25% occupational objective.
  • Wisconsin Garden Club Federation gives a number of $1,000 scholarships based on 50% academics, 30% financial need, 10% character, and 10% occupational objective.
  • National Garden Clubs give a variety of scholarships including a named scholarship honoring Kitty Larkin, WGCF member and former NGC president

2016 Scholarship Winners


Here is a brief snapshot of this year’s winners.

Sam Marquart, Junior

          Della Balousek ($2500) + WGCF ($1000)

Sam is a native of Racine, studying Plant Pathology and Life Science Communications, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He is interested in educating the public, especially children about being able to efficiently grow their own food using fewer fungicides and being able to produce more urban gardens.  In a community outreach position, he endeavors to help the world become a better place.  “I was ecstatic when I received acceptance.  Thanks again.”

Katelynn Mauk, Junior

          Della Balousek ($2500) + WGCF ($1000)

Living just north of Sheboygan, Katelynn found her passion working at Millhome Nursery & Greenhouses, Elkhart Lake during her high school years.  Now at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, she is studying Environmental Horticulture and Agricultural Business hoping to become a landscape architect.

Caysha Fleischman, Junior

          Carolyn Craig ($2000)

Caysha is one of a set of triplets from Antigo, pursuing a degree in Biology and  Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  This past semester she participated in a National Student Exchange to the University of Alaska Southeast and hopes to be accepted as an intern with the Rocky Mountain Conservation Corps this summer.  Caysha intends to go to grad school and is considering the Environmental Studies Program at the U. of Oregon.

Eliza Christopher, Junior

          Irene Strauss ($1000) + WGCF ($1000)

Eliza is a married, non-traditional student, attending school year around.  She attends the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point studying Urban Forestry with the intent of becoming a researcher and developer for the green industry.  She endeavors to develop products for private and municipal landscapes that are sustainable and safe.

Charal Steele, Junior

WGCF ($1000)

Charal from Green Bay is studying Environmental Science and Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, which houses the first dry fermentation, anaerobic bio digester in the western hemisphere.  This coming fall she will intern at Growing Oshkosh, an urban educational farm, and after graduation would like to work in a water treatment plant or work with testing water conditions

Tony Willman, Junior

          WGCF ($1000)

Tony attends the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and is from Oshkosh.  Having a 3.9 GPA, he also was a WGCF winner last year.  A dedicated fisherman, he hopes to become a fisheries biologist improving lakes for both fish and human use.  After graduate school, he would like to make it possible for future generation to be able to experience the type of fishing that he has been accustomed to.

Corinne (Cora) Marie Demler, Junior

          National Scholarship Winner 2015 & 2016

          Regional Scholarship Winner 2016demler

Cora attends the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she is studying Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development under Distinguished McKnight Professor of Entomology, Marla Spivak.  Cora’s permanent address is W9381 Busy Bee Lane, Blanchardville, Wisconsin.  She will address our luncheon on Monday.

GCF members who keep the scholarship program alive through donations.