Scholarships Available For 2014 Master Gardener Course
- By Heather Carrington
Burlington--The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Program will award a limited number of $200 scholarships to be applied toward fees for the 2014 UVM Extension Master Gardener class that begins Feb. 4.
The popular program aims to educate home gardeners about responsible and effective horticultural practices for landscaping and food production in the region. The 13-week course will be presented on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 9 p.m. via Vermont Interactive Technology. The 13 classroom sites include Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Junction and Williston.
The course fee is $395, which covers all classes and the required course textbook. A $25 late fee will be charged after Jan. 17. For course and registration details, go to www.uvm.edu/mastergardener. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, please notify the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office at (802) 656-9562 by Jan. 3.
For a scholarship application, call the office or visit www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=Scholarships.htm. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of applicant's interest in the program and willingness to commit to participation in Master Gardener events and projects. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Awards will be announced by Dec. 17.
To achieve Extension Master Gardener certification, graduates are required to do an internship where they put their classroom knowledge to work by participating in established Extension Master Gardener projects in their communities. Interns have two years to complete the mandatory 40 volunteer hours.
Once certified, they are eligible to participate in advanced gardening workshops and tours to stay up-to-date on horticultural research and learn and practice current gardening techniques. In addition, they will have opportunities to network with advanced gardeners, UVM faculty and staff and other green industry professionals.