In 2003, Ellis County Master Gardener Association decided to make scholarships available to graduating high school seniors residing in Ellis County. The club wanted to provide opportunities to these students that chose college studies in horticulture or life sciences disciplines.

Since then, the Ellis County Master Gardener Association (ECMGA) has awarded 39 high school students with college scholarships totaling $71,100.

One of the objectives of the ECMGA is to build partnerships with the Ellis County community to expand horticultural education and opportunities.

In keeping with this objective, the ECMGA will again make scholarship funds available in 2018 to deserving high school seniors pursuing studies in horticulture or life sciences or related fields.

To qualify, the applicant must be a graduating high school senior residing in Ellis County from an Ellis County High School, Ellis County Charter High School or Ellis County Home School Program. The applicant must have an elected academic major in horticulture, life sciences or related field that includes, but is not limited to horticulture, agriculture, environmental science, forestry, botany, biology (e.g.: plant genetics, plant physiology), landscape design or entomology. Other horticulture, life sciences or related fields of studies are delineated in the scholarship application package available on the ECMGA website.

Applicants must be able to provide proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher education.

In addition, this year the ECMGA has decided to allow former ECMGA College Scholarship Awardees currently enrolled in horticulture, life sciences or related field degree plans to also apply for a 2018 scholarship to continue their college or university studies.

ECMGA college scholarships awarded to qualifying students in 2018 will be up to $3,000. Students applying for the ECMGA College Scholarship are invited to visit http://www.ecmga.com to download the application package found under the “What’s Happening” tab.

The completed application may be submitted by registered mail (return receipt requested) or in person to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office located at 701 South I-35, Suite 3, Waxahachie, TX 75165.

If additional information is needed regarding the ECMGA Scholarship, please call (972) 825-5175. All scholarship applications must be received no later than 4:00 P.M. on March 16, 2018.