Scholarships


Horticulture Scholarships

Two (2) undergraduate scholarships for the year 2018-2019.
The deadline to apply is February 28, 2018.

Horticulture Scholarship of the Western Reserve Herb Society
$7500 Award

This horticulture scholarship is open to citizens of the United States who have completed the 2nd/Sophomore year of undergraduate study. The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university and have achieved a grade point average of 3.2 or above.

The scholarship award of $7500 will be made to the student who demonstrates financial need and plans a career in horticulture and allied fields. The award will be sent directly to the financial aid office for payment toward tuition and books.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate exceptional dedication to horticulture and whose career goals may involve work in areas such as teaching/research, the public or nonprofit sector, or sustainable agriculture.

Questions: Contact scholarship@westernreserveherbsociety.org

Application Process:
1) Write Essays
2) Complete WRHS Online Application and Attach Essays
3) Email Transcripts and Recommendation Letters
4) All correspondence should have the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Horticulture Scholarship from Frances Sylvia Zverina
$9000 Award

This horticulture scholarship is open to citizens of the United States who have completed the 2nd/Sophomore year of undergraduate study. The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university in the State of Ohio and have achieved a grade point average of 3.2 or above.

The scholarship award of $9000 will be made to the student who demonstrates financial need and plans a career in horticulture and allied fields. The award will be sent directly to the financial aid office for payment toward tuition and books.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate exceptional dedication to horticulture and whose career goals involve teaching, work in the public or nonprofit sector, and sustainable agriculture.

Questions: Contact scholarship@westernreserveherbsociety.org

Application Process:
1) Write Essays
2) Complete Zverina Online Application and Attach Essays
3) Email Transcripts and Recommendation Letters
4) All correspondence should have the applicant’s name in the subject line.

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE TRIP TO VISIT HIRAM COLLEGE AND ERICA DULKA,
RECIPIENT OF THE ZVERINA SCHOLARSHIP 2017

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Mary K. Evans, Jonetta Anderson and Jane Cavanaugh, members of the Scholarship Committee, visited Erica Dulka on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Hiram College. Erica attended our Annual Luncheon in May to receive the Frances Sylvia Zverina Scholarship in the amount of $12,500. During our lunch we agreed to visit Erica at Hiram College in order to view her horticulture work on campus in environmental studies. Erica, a senior at Hiram, has worked diligently for the last few years in restoring four of the gardens. She has gardened during the fall, spring and summer seasons working under the guidance of professors at the college.

Frances Sylvia Zverina would be so pleased to know that Erica received her scholarship this year. Erica is a student who literally grew up with her feet and hands in the soil on the family farm in Garrettsville. She has continued this work on the campus of Hiram.

The day we visited Hiram was perfect weather-wise! We truly enjoyed walking around campus with Erica as our tour guide. Erica guided us to the gardens explaining the history of each garden and demonstrated her knowledge of the plants, notably herbs, and invasive weeds, especially, Goatweed sometimes called goutweed or Bishop weed (Aegopodium podagraria) which overtook so many of the gardens. She is truly a professional tour guide with a treasure trove of knowledge about the history of the gardens and the needed work required to restore the gardens.

The four gardens included: Bonnie Castle, Mahon House, Weekend College Garden and  Hurd Garden. Every garden we toured had herbs which are dear to WRHS members. There is even a sundial in one garden similar to ours in the Medicinal Garden.

Three of the gardens were planted behind century homes which had been restored; these refurbished homes are now used for academic purposes such as study/writing groups, professor’s offices and research. The Bonnie Castle Garden was located behind the Writing House. Next to the Bonnie Castle is the former home of James A. Garfield who lived here while serving as President of Hiram College.

The last garden, the Hurd Garden had been abandoned for years because one of the Hiram Presidents forbade anyone to work in the garden. Erica and a student from Mentor High School, Danny, worked very diligently this summer weeding and planting new perennials. Part of the garden was lost when the new library was built. This garden reminded me in a way of the “secret garden,” since it was surrounded by bushes and trees. Once you stepped inside a lovely spiral pattern was revealed along with cleared away brush replaced by new perennial plants and grasses. We could see the results of Erica and Danny’s many hours of gardening.

As we toured each garden, Erica showed her knowledge of all things horticulture. In addition to working in these gardens, Erica has done research for Hiram’s James H. Barrow Research Field Station located off campus. Part of her research has focused on butterflies. Erica and other students have identified eight locations where butterflies transect. They also noted the most common sources of food for the butterflies including Butterfly Weed, Echinacea, White & Purple/Red Clover and Black-Eyed Susan. The most number of butterflies sighted in one day was 64.

Our outstanding tour ended with lunch at a small Pizzeria on campus. After a few hours of walking, we enjoyed our lunch and more amazing conversation with Erica. We left Hiram with such a feeling of pride for our scholarship program. We had been given a first-hand look at the meaning of the Zverina Scholarship in the life of a most worthy recipient, Erica Dulka. It is difficult to express the extraordinary experience we had that day at Hiram.