Through the exceptional generosity of Silvia Drupa (pictured Right with her husband, Laimons),
a scholarship program was established
within the Binghamton Garden Club, a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State.
THE LAIMONS E. and SILVIA DRUPA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Application is open to any Broome County (NY) HS graduating senior planning to major in a university undergraduate program in Horticulture, Botany, Biology (not pre-med) Environmental Studies, or other directly related disciplines.
The first recipient, Danielle Behn, is pictured Left receiving her First year's check. She is pictured Right, graduating from the University of New England. She just completed a two-year teaching commitment.
Pictured Left is Ryan Di Rado who, after participating his freshman year, decided on a different career path. Also in the picture are Alyssa Menz, our third recipient, and Danielle Behn, our first.
Alyssa Menz, our third recipient, is pictured Left receiving her First year's scholarship check. She graduated from Columbia University with a 3.9 major GPA, and she has completed her graduate school at the University of Oxford in England!
Nicole Madden is our fourth recipient. She is shown Left receiving her First year's check.
Our fifth recipient, Chantal Messinger, (now Chantal Rogers) is shown upper Right receiving her First year's check, and lower Right enjoying the gardens at her University, BYU, Idaho. BTW, she now has 4 children!
In our sixth year, the competition resulted in a virtual tie. Therefore, we awarded two scholarships. On the upper Left is Matthew Stalter, seen receiving his First Year's check, and on the lower Left, Dana Carris, receiving his First year's check.
We have again awarded two scholarships. Upper Right, Gunnar Glover, receiving his First year's check. On the lower Right we are reserving a space for a photo of Trevor Hope, our other recipient.
Once again we were pleased to award two scholarships in 2016.
On the Left is Alyssa Heller,
seen receiving her
First Year's check,
and on the Right,
Taylor Robinson, receiving his First Year's check.
Reserved for Trevor Hope's photo
Here's our 2017 Scholarship winner,
receiving her "Big Check"!!
our first Scholarship winner of 2019, receiving his "Big Check"
from Linda Vick.
our second Scholarship winner of 2019,
receives his "Big Check" from
while Mary Jo Rankin, Scholarship Chair, looks on.
And here, Joshua Black, our third Scholarship winner of 2019,
receives his "Big Check" from Jane Olsa,
while Mary Jo Rankin, Scholarship Chair,
Declan, with Joshua
seated immediately behind.
We were very pleased to award not one, not two, but THREE Scholarships in 2019.
Ian Shaffer, who will be attending Binghamton University, will major in Environmental Science.
Morgan Whittington, who will be attending SUNY Oneonta, will major in Environmental Sustainability.
Hanna Cluck, who will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh, will major in Environmental Studies.
We are very pleased to be able to award not one, not two, but THREE Scholarships in 2020 as well.
And for the Second year in a row, we are very pleased to be able to award not one, not two, but THREE Scholarships in 2021 as well! Photos to follow soon.