Southport Garden Club supports student success at Brunswick Community College

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Southport Garden Club supports student success at Brunswick Community College
The Southport Garden Club presented the Brunswick Community College Foundation with a $1,000 scholarship donation this past month. (Courtesy of Brunswick Community College Foundation)

BOLIVIA — Members of the Southport Garden Club presented the Brunswick Community College Foundation with a $1,000 scholarship donation during their March meeting to support a deserving Horticulture or Turfgrass Management student at Brunswick Community College (BCC).

The group, led by President Tish Hatem, met at Southport Presbyterian Church to celebrate spring and enjoy a presentation on flower arrangements in vases.

After the scholarship presentation, Elina DiCostanzo, director of resource development for the BCC Foundation, spoke to the club about the opportunities scholarships create for students.

The Southport Garden Club Horticulture Scholarship has been awarded to a student enrolled in the BCC Horticulture Technology Program since 2007, assisting students with tuition and other fees. A recent recipient of the scholarship, Joel Reibert, is currently participating in a yearlong internship at Longwood Gardens, the top horticulture display gardens in the United States.

Reibert recently received an invitation to be one of six Triad Fellows participating in a year-long fellowship spending time at each of the world renowned members of the Triad: Longwood Gardens (USA), the National Trust (United Kingdom), and the Alliance of Hyogo (Japan).

Scholarships from local organizations and individuals allow students like Joel the opportunities to reach their educational goals at BCC and beyond. Through the generosity of our community, we are able to support students and give them the tools they need to succeed.

To learn more about establishing a community scholarship, contact Elina DiCostanzo at (910) 755-8517 or dicostanzoe@brunswickcc.edu.

-Content provided by the Brunswick Community College Foundation

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