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.
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 Left receiving her First year's check, and Right enjoying the gardens at her University, BYU, Idaho. BTW, she now has 2 children!
In our sixth year, the competition resulted in a virtual tie. Therefore, we awarded two scholarships. On the Left is Matthew Stalter, seen receiving his First Year's check, and on the Right, Dana Carris, receiving his First year's check.
We have again awarded two scholarships.Right, Gunnar Glover, receiving his First year's check. On the left we are reserving a space for a photo of Trevor Hope, our other recipient.
Once again we were pleased to award two scholarships.
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 Alyssa experiencing the joy of her Oxford Graduation (Left) and sharing the joy with her parents (Right)
Here's our 2017 Scholarship winner, Toni Daino, receiving her "Big Check" at the Maine-Endwell High School.