Scholarship Recipients

Marlena Kot, Arlington Heights, IL

      $2,000 Wendy Landwehr Memorial Scholarship for 2019/20

Marlena graduated from the John Hersey High School in 2019 with a 4.45/3.83 GPA.  She will be studying Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.


Marlena, has always been an excellent student and applied herself to her academic, extracurricular, and volunteer activities.  During her high school career, she has taken 10 advanced placement classes and has received recognition as a QuestBridge National Scholar, an AP Scholar with distinction, the World Languages Honor Society, and National Honor Society.


She has also excelled out of the classroom, participating in tennis, soccer and basketball.  Marlena was an MVP nominee for tennis and elected captain of her JV basketball team.  She also played on a travel basketball team throughout high school, and learned leadership skills as team captain.


She has constantly helped and supported community events, charities and youth programs.  She is a role model to many young adults and continues to shine in a wide range of athletics activities and leadership positions.  She served as a National Honor Society officer.


Marlena has worked during her entire high school career.  Starting as a cashier at Pesche’s Garden Store and continuing at Goodwill Industries in Arlington Heights.

Ashley Roscoe, Arlington Heights, IL

     $2,000 Marolyn Bina Memorial Scholarship for 2019/20

This is the third year Ashley has received an Arlington Heights Garden Club scholarship.  This year she received the $2,000 Marolyn Bina Memorial Scholarship.  Ashley graduated from Hersey High School with a 3.7/4.0 GPA.  She is attending the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater majoring in Biology.  Her goal is to become a Fish and Wildlife officer.

Ashley developed a real interest in nature and camping while growing up.  She developed this interest throughout her high school years by being actively involved in service oriented programs, an intern at Brookfield Zoo, and a member of the Prospect Heights Police Department Peer Jury Program, all while working two jobs through high school.  She has also been a leader in the DECA Business Club, the Fishing Club, a Service over Self leader, and a Veteran's Initiative Student Leader.

Matthew Hoffman, Arlington Heights, IL

     $2,000 Gilbert Krohn Memorial Scholarship for 2019/20

This is the third year Matthew has received an Arlington Heights Garden Club scholarship. Matthew graduated from Wheeling High School where he earned a 5.47/5.0 GPA.  He is majoring in Biological & Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M.

Matthew developed an early interest in gardening which led him to having his own vegetable garden.  His gardening interest developed into a curiosity in chemistry during the 8th grade to the point he entered into a chemistry competition.  After his junior year he enrolled in a biotechnology summer program at the University of Chicago which really ignited his academic interest in this area.  During his senior year he enrolled in a science research program at the Chicago Botanic Gardens where he originated an outstanding project on the potential bioenergy crop of purple moor grass as an energy source.  He received a gold medal for his project.

Personal Development Awards

The Personal Development Award was created in 2012 to encourage club members to attend gardening themed classes.


Scholarship Awards

One or more outstanding students pursuing study in qualified fields of interest have been awarded academic scholarships each year since 2003.  To date, 35 scholarships have been awarded.  Scholarship applications can be submitted each year as long as a student has a record of continuing achievement.





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