Scholarship Fund

Helping Horticulture Students in British Columbia

This Scholarship Trust Fund Committee is governed by its own Constitution. There are three members, one of whom is elected each year to a three-year term.

The BC Council of Garden Clubs’ Scholarship Trust Fund assists Canadian students resident in BC in furthering their education in horticulture in a recognized accredited college or university through the granting of scholarships and bursaries.

The capital of the fund comes from donations made by garden clubs throughout BC as well as bequests and other sources. These donations become and remain part of the capital fund. The capital fund is held and managed by the Vancity Community Foundation.

The Scholarship Trust Fund Committee is responsible for encouraging donations and for allocating the available funds to BC educational facilities for students in their horticultural-related programs.

How the Fund Works

Our members kindly donate funds to the Fund.

The funds are held with the Vancity Community Foundation as a Donor Advised Fund. This means that the Scholarship Trust Fund Committee decides on the award levels and distribution of available funds each year. VCF recommends the distribution of 4% of the value of the fund each year. For the year 2020, $11,700 will be distributed to colleges and universities throughout BC.

Scholarship Trust Fund Committee

Brenda Woosnam, the chairperson of the Scholarship Trust Fund Committee, has been a member of the South Surrey Garden Club for 16 years. Over the past few years, she has had the opportunity to attend BCCGC meetings and has been impressed with the potential of the organization to be a strong voice in speaking for and educating gardeners. This is her third year on the Committee. She is a neighbour and keen supporter of Darts Hill Garden Park.

Anne Sprung has been gardening for decades. She is a Master Gardener and, as she is fascinated by seeds, helps to run the Ocean Park Seed Library.  She is a member of South Surrey Garden Club, Hardy Plant Group, and the Alpine Garden Club where she assists with the seed exchange. Darts Hill Garden Park has benefitted from Anne’s many roles over the past 13 years, including as membership chairperson,  board member, and currently as propagator and guide. She understands that plants and horticultural knowledge take time to grow. She is delighted to assist with funding the future of gardening in B.C.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

The BC Council of Garden Clubs the Scholarship Trust Fund Committee is seeking a new member for this three-person committee as Karen Hasselfelt has completed her term in April 2020.

The Committee meets approximately 8 times a year and is charged with the administration of the Scholarship Trust Fund, including maintaining contact with: educational institutions receiving awards from the STF; Vancity Community Foundation which administers the funds; clubs, individuals and associations that donate to the fund; as well as with students receiving awards.

A familiarity with administrative practices, good computer skills and a willingness to work with others are assets that are needed. Knowledge of non-profits, streamlining processes and fund-raising would also be beneficial.

If this is of interest to you and you would like more information, Brenda Woosnam, the STF’s current chairperson would be delighted to speak with you, at woosnam@shaw.ca or 604 541 7260.

For more information on the Scholarship Trust Fund, please feel free to email us scholarship@bcgardenclubs.com.

The Scholarship Trust Fund Committee

Brenda Woosnam (Chair)
Anne Sprung