Alyssa Turner and Mackenzie Helms
The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s scholarships. The students selected as the 2017 recipients are Alyssa Turner (on the left) and Mackenzie Helms (on the right). Barbara Wright (center), represented the Club and announced the winners at Class Night at Marathon High School. For the first time, the Club has awarded two scholarships to graduating Marathon High School seniors. We received a record number of highly-qualified applicants, with a variety of science-based majors.
Alaina Claire McCarthy
The club is pleased to announce that Alaina Claire McCarthy is the 2016 recipient of the Club’s $1,500 college scholarship award. Claire will attend Florida State University this fall, looking to pursue Environmental Studies. The Garden Club awards a scholarship each year to a Marathon High School graduating senior intending to enter college to pursue a career in the sciences.
This year the Club will award a total of $6,500 in scholarships to four students. In addition to Claire, the other recipients are: Florida Atlantic Univ. Sophomore, Rosalia Parrado; Univ. of Florida Junior, Jonathan Rios and Univ. of Central Florida Senior, Sean Roussin.
Marathon High School senior Rosalia Parrado was recently selected as the recipient of the 2015 scholarship from the Marathon Garden Club. The $1500 scholarship will assist her as she begins college at Florida Atlantic University this fall where she will study chemistry. Her determination and focus throughout high school helped her to achieve high grades while staying involved in sports, volunteering, and drama productions as well as holding down jobs as a counselor at the Community Park and at McDonald’s.
This scholarship was presented at Class Night by Marathon Garden Club President Sande Neiditz and Marathon Garden Club member, Barbara Wright.
In addition, the Marathon Garden Club announced they have renewed the $1500 scholarships for the 2014 winner, Jonathan Rios, at the University of Florida and Sean Roussin, 2013 winner, at the University of Central Florida.
The Marathon Garden Club is pleased to provide a total of $4,500 in college scholarships for students in the middle keys for 2015.
Jonathan Rios and Sean Roussin
The scholarship committee is pleased to announce there were scholarships awarded in 2014 to Sean Roussin and Jonathan Rios.Sean Roussin, last year’s winner, was awarded a second scholarship. Sean completed a very successful freshman year at the University of Central Florida where he carried a rigorous course load including biology and chemistry He will be starting his sophomore year in the fall and continuing his studies in the area of science and math. He is most appreciative of the continued support of our club with this additional scholarship.
Jonathan Rios, class of 2014 at Marathon High School, was also awarded a scholarship. Jonathan graduated at the top of his class and will be attending the University of Florida with a major in Environmental Studies. While in high school, he was a well-rounded young man active in football, basketball, Jazz Ensemble, National Honor Society, and his church youth group. He was in several leadership positions and volunteered many hours as a peer tutor and in Relay for Life. He was recognized with numerous academic awards including Sunshine State Scholars, Dartmouth Award, and National Society of High School Scholars.
Seeking a degree in Chemical or Environmental Engineering, Jonathan states that “a degree in this subject would allow me to make a significant contribution to improve the environmental quality and public health to benefit communities like Marathon. Our community has the ability to prosper due to tourism and having a very attractive and healthy environment in the Keys is vital to our tourism industry.”
Jonathan is greatly appreciative of the support that the Marathon Garden Club scholarship will provide. Jonathan has already begun his studies this summer and is eager to begin the fall semester. He will be awarded his scholarship check at the completion of the first semester.
The scholarship committee would like to thank the generosity of our members whose work and donations made these scholarships possible.
Sean Roussin is the winner of the $1,000 scholarship this year. A 2013 graduate of Marathon High School he just completed a very successful first semester at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His full course load included chemistry, biology and other coursework. He received excellent grades and is back starting winter term with another set of science courses. We are very proud of his fine start to his college education. Sean stated that the money will be used for books and other college expenses and was very appreciative of this financial help.
Marathon High School senior Michelle McKenna received a $1,000 MGC college scholarship presented by Ali Adams. The club awards a scholarship each year to a student whose plans include majoring in horticulture, botany, floral design, landscape design, environmental studies, agriculture or conservation of natural resources.
Michelle McKenna was chosen to receive the Marathon Garden Club Scholarship for a student interested in horticulture, botany or conservation of the environment. She graduated from Marathon High School this past June. She is now attending Florida Gulf Coast University located in Fort Myers and is enrolled in Environment Studies.After completing her first full semester Ms. McKenna has achieved a Grade Point Average of 3.67. The maximum average is 4.0. She enjoys college and is not “home sick”. This young woman deserves recognition as she moves forward to reach her career goals.
The Marathon Garden Club holds raffles sponsoring a yearly scholarship award which totals $1000 dollars. The next opportunity for individuals to assist with this endeavor will be at the January Jamboree, the club’s popular annual rummage and Vendor Plant sale. The raffle will include unique and beautiful plants. This event will be held on January 28th from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM located at 5270 Overseas Highway in Marathon.
Ethan Wallace, 2010 graduate of Marathon High School , received a $1000.00 scholarship from the Marathon Garden Club. This award is given to a student majoring in the field of horticulture, botany, landscape design, environmental, marine studies or conservation of natural resources. Ethan is planning a career in Fish & Wildlife Conservation and will be attending Florida Keys Community College for the first two years of his studies. Shown with Ethan is Linnea Cunningham, President of the Marathon Garden Club.
Ethan Wallace, 2010 graduate of Marathon High School, received a $1000.00 scholarship from the Marathon Garden Club. This award is given to a student majoring in the field of horticulture, botany, landscape design, environmental, marine studies or conservation of natural resources. Ethan is planning a career in Fish & Wildlife Conservation and will be attending Florida Keys Community College for the first two years of his studies. Shown with Ethan is Linnea Cunningham, President of the Marathon Garden Club.
Joshua Gratton, 2009 graduate of Marathon High School, will receive a $1000.00 scholarship from the Marathon Garden Club. This award is given to a student majoring in the field of horticulture, botany, landscape design, environmental studies or conservation. Josh has worked at the Sombrero Country Club golf course for 3 years & has applied to Lake City Community College Golf Course Operations Program in Lake City, Florida. His studies will include courses in principles of plant growth; agricultural chemistry; turf grass, soils & fertilizer science; landscape engineering; weeds & insect management and horticulture laboratories. Shown with Josh is Linnea Cunningham, newly elected President of the Marathon Garden Club.