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2017 Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Mason on February 8, 2018 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

2017 Scholarship Recipients

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From Markesan, Reid Jahns will be starting his Junior year at Milwaukee School of Engineering where he will be pursuing a Environmental Engineering Degree. Reid passionately believes in conserving and improving America's natural heritage. Environmental Engineering will allow him to do such things as design ponds that can settle out runoff pollutants, and protect human health by improving and protecting the natural environment. Reid is a previous Scholarship Recipient.

From Rosendale, Cayley Vande Berg, will be starting her Freshman year at UW-River Falls where she pursuing a degree in Dairy Science and Agriculture. The dietary needs of animals is especially interesting to Cayley as they reflect in the overall health and production of the animal. Working at the family produce stand has become a tradition along with the hard work that goes into raising the crops to sell. Cayley is a first time recipient of this scholarship.

From Fond du Lac, Dustin Schneider is a Senior at UW Stevens Point where he will be finishing a degree in Soil and Land Management and Resource Management, graduating in December. Dustin plans to put his degree to use by becoming a Golf Course Superintendent, where he will be responsible for preventing soil erosion and the many acres of grass, trees, shrubs, and plantings that make up a Golf Course. Dustin is a previous Scholarship Recipient.

From Eden, Marcus Birschbach will be transferring to UW Platteville after completing his Freshman year at UW Fond du Lac where he will pursue a degree in Agribusiness and Animal Science so that he can work in the Agricultural business. Marcus works the family farm and was has been very active in 4H, showing both pigs and dairy cows at the FDL County Fair and serving with the Teen Leader Association. Marcus is a first time recipient of this scholarship.


2015 Scholarship winners

Posted by Mason on December 31, 2015 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

2015 Scholarship Recipients

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From Fond du lac, Doniell Ericksen will be starting her Junior year at Lawrence University where she has been exploring the ecology of Door County and Jamaica and the natural remedies used in native cultures. Doniell's undergraduate work and research is to prepare her for a graduate program with a focus on how different cultures use the natural biochemical makeup of their native plants to treat diseases and why it is important to protect the biodiversity of the natural environment.

 

From St Cloud, Valerie Kramer will be starting her Junior year at UW-River Falls where she pursuing a major in Dairy Science and Agricultural Business. Valerie understands how good soil and crop management in the production of a dairy farm has an effect on both the quality of the herd, its milk quality, and the environment. Her mother passed on her love of gardening and Valerie plans to share her knowledge through 4H and FFA Alumni.

 

From St. Cloud, Matthew Kramer will be starting his Freshman year at UW River Falls where he will be pursuing a degree in Dairy Science. Matthew grew to love plants by taking care of the FFA Greenhouse at Campbellsport High School and Agriscience class. Matthew plans to give back to his community by being a mentor in the programs that helped him, including 4H and FFA.

 

From Markesan, Reid Jahns will be starting his Freshman year at Milwaukee School of Engineering where he will be pursuing a Environmental Engineering Degree. The challenges of math and science combined with a love of the outdoors and conservation make this a perfect fit for him. Matthew wants to use his knowledge to conserve and improve America's natural heritage.


2013-2014 Scholarship Awards

Posted by Mason on January 7, 2015 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Seventh annual 2013

Green Thumb Scholarships Recipients

The Green Thumb Garden Club Scholarship Committee has completed the scholarship selection process for 2013.

The club was able to award five $500. scholarships to five out of eight applications. The top five recipients are as follows:

Doniell Ericksen, a senior at Fond du Lac High School who plans to attend Lawrence University and have a double major in Environmental Science and Biology.

Benjamin Julka who is attending Fox Valley Technical College studying Agriculture and Farm Operations Course. This is the third year Benjamin has received a scholarship from Green Thumb Garden Club.

Valerie Kramer a senior at Campbellsport High School who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to pursue a bachelor's degree in Dairy Science.

Carly Ottery a student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has declared her major in Forest Science. This is the second year Carly has received a scholarship from Green Thumb Garden Club.

Caleb Riedeman who attends the University of Wisconsin-River Falls pursuing a degree in Crop and Soil Science. This is the third year Caleb has received a scholarship from Green Thumb Garden Club.

Congratulations to all of the recipients and "Good Luck" in all of your studies!

 

Presidential Citation Award

Posted by Mason on June 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Presidential Citation

 

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This year, the presidential Citation Award is proudly given to     

 Gerda Strupp.

Gerda has been an active member of the Green Thumb Garden Club since 1956. That makes Gerda the member with the most years in our club. In that time she has proudly served on many of our club committees. Over 21 years ago she was the chairman of our Butterfly Garden at Lakeside Park, when the garden was started and it has grown since then. She has helped decorate the Galloway House for Christmas tours for many years. Gerda helped with the Bird Sanctuary at James Otis School many years ago. More recently Gerda has served on the Green Thumb Scholarship Committee for the past six years. She has also served on the Finance Committee and our Arbor Day Chairman. For years she has put together our summer tours and members always had a great time. Gerda also served as hostess for meetings at the Galloway grounds, Lakeside Park Gazebo and the Fond du Lac Senior Center, to name a few.

Gerda has attended many Fox River Valley District meetings and WGCF State Conventions. Her love of Gardening has touched many of the members lives in our club and our community. For many years she has served on the FDL County Beauty Council. She helps plan the Arbor Day Dinners each year. She  serves on the committee that chooses the FDL County Beautification Award each year.

Gerda has given much to the Green Thumb Garden Club and our community. I am proud to acknowledge her with the 2012 Presidential Citation.

 

2012-2013 Green Thumb Scholarships

Posted by Mason on June 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Sixth annual 2012 –13  Green Thumb Scholarships        

2012 Green Thumb Garden Club Scholarship Awards. The Green Thumb Garden Club met recently and decided to award their annual scholarships to five Fond du Lac county students who are pursuing college degrees in horticulture or a related field.  These students are: 

Benjamin Julka who attends Fox Valley Technical College, studying Agronomy, Farm Operations Course.  He has been involved 4-H , FFA, Fond du Lac County Farm Bureau, and many county organizations.                     

Philip Ohlinger who attends St. Norbert College, studying Environmental   Science, loves the outdoors, and wants to care for the earth and its resources. He is very strong in academics, worked in the college library, is a member of the Environmental Club, and is an RA (resident assistant), and College Church Ministry. Philip has traveled to Panama on a research trip.   Received the Green Thumb Scholarship in 2010.

Carly Ottery who attended Campbellsport High School and will attend UW-Madison majoring in Environmental Studies. Outstanding academically and ranks in the top five in her class. Speaks Spanish and is involved in Art Club, the soccer team, and basketball. Carly volunteers for Christian Youth Ministries, Relay for Life, and Youth Art Camp.

Caleb Riedeman who attends UW-River Falls, pursuing a degree in Crop and Soil Science. He is considering a graduate program at UW-Madison. He has a Master’s in Agronomy and has a commitment to agriculture. Caleb works with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in River Falls. He was on the Dean’s List in his   sophomore year. Caleb also received the Green Thumb Scholarship in 2010.

Lisa Swast who attended Fond du Lac High School and plans to attend UW-Fond du Lac to begin her studies with a major in Horticulture and a minor in Business. Lisa plans to open a greenhouse someday. She has worked on a CSA farm, a greenhouse, a floral studio, and loves to garden.  She has done community service in Fond du Lac and has excellent academics.

The Green Thumb Garden Club has awarded scholarships since 2006. 

All five 2012 recipients are strong academically, support community service, and have excellent goals to better our world by studying and caring for plants, soil, and the environment. 

Each year the Green Thumb Garden Club holds a plant sale in May and the proceeds help sponsor these scholarships.  Committee members are: Maureen Mezera, Gerda Strupp, Diane Ladwig, Judy Mittelstadt, Charlotte Nelson, Nancy Riley, and Vicki Melius, with additional assistance from  Sharon Stoffel. 

Congratulations to these students.

 

Scholarship Update

Posted by Mason on June 5, 2010 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Fifth annual 2010 –11Green Thumb Scholarships were awarded to:

 

Philip Ohlinger - Philip is graduating from Fond du Lac High School and will be attending St. Norbert College in DePere, WI. in the College of Agriculture with a major in the Agronomy Department’s Crop and Soil Science Sustainable Agriculture Option. He states, "I hope to be able to use my skills to reduce pollution, improve upon alternative energy resources and raise awareness for the proper treatment of our environment." He was involved in many sports, high honors, badger boys and was very involved in FFA and band. He will receive a $750 scholarship.

 

 

 

Caleb Riedeman - Caleb is a graduating from Laconia High School and will be attending UW River Falls. He will be a student in the College of Agriculture and will major within the Agronomy Department's Crop and Soil Science Sustainable Agriculture Option. He says, "This option would allow me to work directly with plants and soils in an outdoor environment. It would enable me to work with the farmers of the world to promote proper land use, crop productivity and sustainability." He has been involved in numerous church activities, orchestra at school, the Boys and Girls Club and has been involved with the community gardens all through high school. He will receive a $750 scholarship.

 

 

Elizabeth Schneider - Elizabeth is attending Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She has declared her major to be Environmental Science with a concentration in Conservation Biology. She states, "I hope to make a difference in the field of conservation biology as a field researcher and then in regional environmental problems as an environmental lawyer." She carries a 3.88 GPA and is involved in the organic garden club at Colby College in Maine. She will receive a $500 scholarship.

A new sign for Green Thumb Garden Club

Posted by Mason on April 29, 2010 at 4:47 PM Comments comments (0)

The Green Thumb Garden Club has a new sign and on March 4th. members gathered in front of the display billboard recognizing the many clubs and organizations that serve the city. From the left are: Barb Preissner, president of the club; Diane Bloedorn, designer of the sign, Marlene Pressnell, member; and Sandra Smet, also a member. The new signs were put up at the entrance to Fond du Lac billboard holders on Winnebago Drive, South Main Street, Fond du Lac Avenue. Picture compliments of the Fond du Lac Reporter.

 


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