Madeline Morrell, a 2020 graduate of Easton High School, is the recipient of the 21tst Annual Garden Club of the Eastern Shore (GCES) Scholarship. The $5,000.00 merit scholarship was awarded to Morrell in recognition of her outstanding academic record, strong work ethic, and commitment to the community and environmental preservation and conservation.
Morrell will attend Roanoke College in Virginia this fall, where she will major in Environmental Science. She credits her parents with fostering her interest in the natural world by taking her to all of Maryland’s state parks to participate in the Park Quest program. Through Park Quest she learned how to identify trees, birds and invasive species and became interested in sharing that knowledge with others.
“In a field of outstanding candidates, Madelinestood out because of her stellar academic record, commitment to the environment, and commitment to community service,” Dr. Virginia Blatchley, scholarship committee co-chair says. “We were particularly impressed with the energy and grace with which she pursued her interests.”
The GCES offers a scholarship annually to graduating seniors from Talbot County public and independent high schools. Students being home schooled are also eligible. The scholarship is available to students with outstanding academic records, who are also considering careers in botany, horticulture, agriculture, landscape architecture or design, environmental science, or related fields.
The GCES is committed to promoting environmentally sound landscape practices and to providing programs for the community that explore conservation practices and environmental issues. It spearheaded the extensive restoration of Easton’s Thompson Park which it continues to maintain.
“In addition to our other community involvements, our annual scholarship has the full support of every member of the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, “Kathy Gilson, GCES President says. “I personally believe that this investment in the future of the talented, hardworking young people in our county is the most important thing that we do as a group.”
For additional information about GCES programs or to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, please call Dorothy Whitcomb at 443-385-0486.