Scholarship Recipients

Student Recipients

On 17 April 2019, I had the pleasure of attending, on behalf of BCCGC, the Scholarships and Awards Celebration for the School of Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. KPU brought together donors, student recipients and KPU representatives. It was an impressive event with many teaching and administrative staff in attendance to honour student achievement and acknowledge donors.

This year, the BC Council of Garden Clubs sponsored three scholarships of $1,000 for students in the Horticulture Diploma program at KPU. The awards went to Ewan Cadsand, Luke Caughlan and Jason Morgan. As you see in the above photo, two of the recipients were present on the 17th, Jason on the left and Ewan on the right. It was a delight to speak to these two young men about their plans for the future. Excerpts from their letters of thanks follow.

Jason wrote: “I am writing to express my deep gratitude for …BC Council of Garden Clubs annual scholarship. As a student coming to the end of his education at KPU, a lot of hard work has gone into this achievement. …It is great knowing there are organizations such as yours that respect and reward hard work…I am excited to put this award to good use. In approximately one year I will be continuing my education, upgrading my diploma to a bachelor’s degree.”

Ewan wrote: “I am very honoured to be the recipient of the BCCGC Award. This award plays a tremendous part in allowing me to further my education so that I am able to achieve my goals.

Because there is a lack of interest from my generation in physical/outdoor work, and because the average age of farmers in BC is over 50, there is an enormous opportunity for us in the horticulture program at KPU. After only 4 months of studies I landed my first horticulture job at an organic garlic farm and after a school field trip last year I was offered an additional part-time job at a propagation greenhouse. It can be difficult going to school and working but it was positive for me because my jobs complemented my studies and I learned important lessons.

I am currently working with my girlfriend to establish a diverse urban farm. Our plans include growing specialty cut flowers, salad greens, tomatoes, root crops as well as gourmet mushrooms or mushroom growing kits. We will be selling through a community supported agriculture program as well as at farmers’ markets. It is important to us that we play a part in localizing our food system. “

Best of luck to all of them!!
Submitted by Brenda Woosnam,
Chairperson, Scholarship Trust Fund Committee

Educational Institutions

We continue to focus on connecting with scholarship and award departments to ensure our funds are distributed to qualifying students. This is the up-to-date list of grants distributed to educational institutions in BC. If your institution would like to apply for a grant, please contact our Scholarship Committee.

Simon Fraser University
(Mildred Wells Scholarship)
Vancouver Island University*$800$800*$800$600
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific$700$700$700$800$800
University of British Columbia
(Rose Bancroft Scholarship)
University of British Columbia
(Horticultural Bursary)
University of the Fraser Valley$1,000$1,000$1,500$1,000$1,000
Kwantlan Polytechnic University$900$1,000$2,500$1,000$1,000
University of Northern BC$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,100$1,200
Camosun College$900$900$1,200$900$900
Thompson River University$900$1,000$1,000$1,100$1,000
Okanagan College*$500$500***$400
University of British Columbia
(Horticultural Training Program)**

These institutions had accumulated funds from previous years’ awards from BCCGC. These accumulated funds were distributed before new grants were awarded to the institutions by BCCGC Scholarship Fund. The consequent excess funds were distributed to other institutions in 2018 as a result.
** Okanagan College did not offer the viticulture course in 2019.
***The BCCGC Scholarship Fund began awarding grants to this program in 2018.


BCCGC awards are distributed to students who are contributing to the horticultural world in a variety of ways.  Their courses range from a three-month viticulture program to masters degrees in pest management and in landscape architecture. In between are hands-on horticultural training programs of eight months to two years duration plus several Bachelor of Science programs in horticulture related fields. Here are letters from some of the 2019 award winners and we thank them for sharing their goals and dreams.

Nolan Wilford completed a one-year training course and received a horticulture certificate from Thompson Rivers University. The tuition fee for this course was $6,178. He was awarded a $1,100 scholarship from BCCGC. 

To TRU Faculty:
Thank you so much for the BC Council of Garden Clubs Award. With financial help, I can continue to pursue my dream of a career involving growing exotic fruit in northern regions and pushing the boundaries on what can be grown here. Thank you again.
Nolan Wilford

Dear Brenda Woosnam and the Scholarship Fund Committee,
I am writing to express my gratitude for being granted with the BC Council of Garden Clubs Horticultural Bursary for the winter 2019 semester. As a gardener and plant enthusiast entering a career in Landscape Architecture, it is an honor to receive this award and to be recognized by the BC Council of Garden Clubs. Without a doubt, one of my strongest pulls towards this field of study is a deep love of plants and a ceaseless fascination for their forms, growth, and the complexities of human relationships with them.

Throughout my final year of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at UBC, I have been looking to the various ways in which plants are understood culturally. This summer I entered an internship with Heritage Conservation Services in Ottawa and was able to explore how plants hold value within historic environments throughout Canada. In my own research I have been engaging with the issue of logging on Vancouver Island as an avenue to explore how particular plant species host a spectrum of cultural values, resulting in political, cultural and economic tensions.

Growing up on Gabriola Island, my identity has been strongly tied to the beauty of the landscape and plants which are unique to this part of the world. Gardening has been a primary pastime throughout my life and I feel incredibly fortunate to live and work in such a botanically rich environment. Moving forward into the field of landscape architecture and design, I see plants and horticulture as central to not only the aesthetic experience of spaces, but also as central components of a shared culture.   This bursary has been incredibly helpful in facilitating my current research which has included travel to and from the island, as well as material expenses for printing and modelling my work. I am very much looking forward to my graduation in the spring and a continuation of my interest in horticulture as a personal and professional pursuit.
With great appreciation,  Jessica Udal

Vincent Fung, who received his horticultural training at the UBC Botanical Garden Horticulture Training Program, wrote the following:  

I am grateful to be selected as the recipient of the 2019 BCCGC Horticultural Training Award. I would like to thank the BCCGC for their support in setting up this award. It means a lot to know that there is an organization that is looking for the next generation of plant enthusiasts. Even though this chapter of schooling is over, I will still strive to learn wherever I can and continue with the downtown horticultural department in Vancouver Parks. Hopefully, I can do my part to help make a positive impact on the vast amount of communities that utilize those spaces. Thank you again.

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