Scholarships bring total 2017 contribution to $706,813
DENVER (June 15, 2017) – Colorado Garden Foundation (CGF), a non-profit that funds horticultural-specific
projects and scholarships throughout Colorado, has awarded two full-ride scholarships to graduating Colorado seniors, to pursue agriculture and horticulture related careers.
CGF’s executive director and members of its board spent two days, and traveled 1,100 miles, to interview candidates across the state for its scholarship program, which is in
its eleventh year. After narrowing an exceptional list of candidates down to just two finalists, the Board made the decision to award a full ride at Colorado State University
to not one, but two candidates.
Tyler Camblin of Holyoke, Colo. will attend CSU this fall, where he will study soil & crop science and agriculture business with plans to become an agronomist.
He intends to “soak up the knowledge of many professionals who will teach [him] how [he] can help the future of farming and prepare [him] to be an asset to the industry
that feeds the world,” according to his application.
CGF awarded a second full ride scholarship to CSU to Mary Fuchs of Monte Vista, Colo. Fuchs will attend this fall, studying environmental horticulture with plans to become
a natural resource specialist. She plans to “double major in environmental horticulture and foreign language to help make communication between countries regarding the
environment easier,” according to her application.
“This was a special year for our interview committee, as we simply could not decide between these two outstanding candidates,” said Jim Fricke, executive director of
Colorado Garden Foundation. “Proceeds generated from our annual Colorado Garden & Home Show and Colorado Fall Home Show are what make these scholarships possible,
and we’re grateful and honored to contribute to not just one, but two talented and deserving students, who will do great things in the fields of agriculture and
horticulture in the years to come.”
With these two full scholarships, CGF brings its annual scholarship and grant giving total to $706,813 in 2017, and more than $7.8 million across the state to date.
Included within this 2017 figure was $521,972 in grants, including matching grants of $22,350 provided by Bellco, to 61 Colorado
organizations for horticulture-related projects.
The two major grants awarded include a grant of $75,000 to Sewall Child Development Center, to help build a new sensory garden at the school. The second grant is for
Englewood Schools for the amount of $74,341, to fund a new greenhouse at the school.
Sewall Child Development Center, an inclusive early childhood program that serves children of all backgrounds and abilities, including those with special needs, will apply the
grant funds to an outdoor sensory garden that can serve as an additional educational environment. Adjacent to the more formalized play environment, the garden will be organized
around natural materials designed to stimulate all five senses and encourage hands-on, multi-sensory, and social learning. Students from the headquarters and nine satellite
locations will have year-round access to the garden.
“With this grant and our new sensory garden, we will be able to apply therapeutic horticulture techniques into Sewall’s transdisciplinary educational and intervention model,
providing a safe, non-threatening space that serves as an opportunity for sensory interaction and ongoing early education for our students,” said Heidi Heissenbuttel,
President and CEO for Sewall Child Development Center. “The grounds will also be available to our surrounding neighbors in Congress Park, as a neighborhood space when
our academic schedule allows, making this garden a true asset to our community in more ways than one.”
Englewood Schools will use their grant funding to construct a commercial-sized greenhouse to support student learning through a series of four classes
(Intro to Agriscience, Biology of Sustainable Agriculture, Water and Soil Chemistry in Agriculture, and Entrepreneurship Through Agribusiness). These courses are designed
specifically around sustainable agricultural and horticultural practices, and farm to table operations for high school students in the Denver metropolitan area.
The ultimate goal for the greenhouse will be for students to grow enough vegetables and greens to satisfy the needs of food services for the entire Englewood school district,
and eventually begin to explore other entrepreneurial options such as supplying boutique items including micro-greens and vegetables to local restaurants and catering companies.
Other Colorado Garden Foundation grants range from $200 to $15,000, with funds supporting community gardens, greenhouses, a horticulture therapy program, a healing garden,
a children’s reading garden, landscape and trail improvements, a bird habitat and educational gardens and programs, just to name a few.
Since the 1970s, Colorado Garden Foundation has awarded more than $7.8 million to more than 300 organizations in Colorado.
To learn about the grants and scholarship program, please visit ColoradoGardenFoundation.org.
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About Colorado Garden Foundation
Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), provides funds for horticultural-related grants and scholarships for the benefit of Colorado.
To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $7.8 million for horticultural projects and scholarships throughout the state. Colorado Garden Foundation presents the
Colorado Fall Home Show focusing on home renovation, remodeling and sustainable living and the Colorado Garden & Home Show, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest, oldest and
most prestigious consumer garden and home improvement show west of the Mississippi in February. For more information, visit ColoradoGardenFoundation.org,
facebook.com/coloradogardenfoundation or Twitter @cogardenfdn
2017 Colorado Garden Foundation Annual Grants
|ACE Mentor Program of Colorado||Denver||$5,000|
|Adams County 4-H||Brighton||$2,100|
|Anchor Center for Blind Children||Denver||$3,000|
|Audubon Society of Greater Denver||Littleton||$3,000|
|Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center||Fairplay||$7,000|
|Bluff Lake Nature Center||Denver||$5,000|
|Boulder Jewish Community Center/Milk & Honey Farm||Boulder||$5,000|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver||Denver||$5,000|
|Brighton Montessori School||Brighton||$2,500|
|Byers-Evans House Museum||Denver||$2,100|
|Castle Rock Adventist Hospital (CRAH)||Castle Rock||$15,000|
|Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.||Denver||$5,000|
|Colorado Future Farmers of America Foundation||Greeley||$2,000|
|Colorado Master Gardener Program||Fort Collins||$5,000|
|Colorado Nonprofit Development Center DBA GreenLeaf||Denver||$5,000|
|Colorado Outward Bound School||Denver||$7,000|
|Colorado State University Extension, Tri River Area||Fort Collins||$7,500|
|Common Earth Community Garden||Arvada||$10,000|
|Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School (DMHS)||Denver||$8,300|
|Denver Public Schools||Denver||$10,000|
|Douglas County Parenting Coalition and Douglas County Open Space Division||Castle Rock||$500|
|Dumb Friends League||Denver||$5,000|
|Durango Botanical Society||Durango||$7,500|
|Family Tree, Inc.||Wheat Ridge||$7,500|
|Feeding Many, Inc.||Littleton||$5,000|
|Growing Colorado Kids a project of CNDC||Commerce City||$5,450|
|Habitat for Humanity of Colorado||Lakewood||$15,000|
|Hearts ‘n’ Hands Work Enrichment||Golden||$10,000|
|High Plains Environmental Center||Loveland||$8,288|
|High Valley Community Center, Inc.||Del Norte||$5,000|
|Holyoke High School Agricultural Education Department||Holyoke||$2,000|
|La Puente Home, Inc.||Alamosa||$15,000|
|Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas||Salida||$4,575|
|Majestic View Nature Center/City of Arvada||Arvada||$5,000|
|Monarch PreK-8 School, Boulder Valley School District||Louisville||$200|
|Mountain Roots Food Project||Gunnison||$3,000|
|Mountain Song Community School||Colorado Springs||$1,200|
|Neighborhood Housing Services of Pueblo||Pueblo||$5,000|
|Prairie Pines Assisted Living||Eads||$7,500|
|Pueblo Zoological Society||Pueblo||$15,000|
|Ricardo Flores MagÃ³n Academy||Denver||$6,147|
|Riverhouse Children’s Center Inc.||Durango||$2,000|
|San Isabel Land Protection Trust||Westcliffe||$3,000|
|Seniors’ Resource Center, Inc.||Denver||$5,800|
|Sewall Child Development Center||Denver||$75,000|
|Sprout City Farms||Denver||$9,630|
|Stedman Elementary PTA||Denver||$6,100|
|Tennyson Center for Children||Denver||$15,000|
|The Colorado Teen Project (CTP)||Golden||$7,500|
|The Growing Project||Fort Collins||$4,500|
|The Park People||Denver||$10,000|
|The Salvation Army, a California corporation||Denver||$5,000|
|Windsor FFA Chapter||Windsor||$10,000|
|Yampatika Outdoor Awareness Association||Steamboat||$2,500|
|Young Americans Center||Denver||$15,000|