Southeast Student Michael Painton Wins National Garden Clubs Scholarship

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 1, 2005ᾰSoutheast Missouri State University sophomore Michael Painton, of Oran, Mo., was recently awarded a $3,500 scholarship through the National Garden Clubs (NGC).  He is the first student at Southeast to be awarded this honor.

Painton is double majoring in horticulture and historic preservation at Southeast and plans to graduate in 2008.  He is an active member and officer in the Horticulture Club, the Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society and Presidential Ambassadors.   

Painton learned about the scholarship opportunity through his involvement with the Horticulture Club on campus.  He first applied and won a $3,000 scholarship through the Federated Garden Club of Missouri.  His name and application materials were then forwarded to the NGC’s office.  Painton was notified he had been awarded an NGC scholarship in April.  He also has received a $1,500 scholarship through the Webster Groves Herb Society.

The NGC consists of more than 200,000 members both in the United States and internationally.  Each year the organization awards a scholarship to a student majoring in agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, biology, plant pathology, forestry, agronomy, environmental concerns or conservation, wildlife sciences, ecology and other related fields. 

Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average; provide an official transcript; submit a personal essay discussing their background, future goals and financial need; and provide three letters of recommendation, and a list of their extracurricular activities and honors.  Applicants also must attend a college or university in the United States.  Each state is allowed to submit one student’s application to the NGC.