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 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. Under current Revenue Canada rules, we are required to distribute at least 4% of the value of the fund each year. For the year 2019, $10,350 was 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 15 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 second year on the Committee. She is a neighbour and keen supporter of Darts Hill Garden Park.

Karen Hasselfelt is a member of the New Westminster Horticultural Society. She brings a wealth of experience to the Scholarship Trust Fund Committee from her work as a senior grants planner with the City of Vancouver for 17 years. She led many of the City’s grant programs, which distributed over $10 million annually to non-profit arts, heritage and cultural organizations in Vancouver. Karen has been active in her own community as a member of the New Westminster Heritage Commission and the Queen’s Park Residents Association. She is particularly interested in the history and culture of gardens, as well as the medicinal and healing properties of plants.

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 12 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

At the 2020 AGM of the BC Council of Garden Clubs the Scholarship Trust Fund Committee will be seeking a new member for this three person committee as Karen Hasselfelt completes her term. The candidate must be able to commit to a three year term of office.

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)
Karen Hasselfelt
Ann Sprung