A perennial partnership: Funds provided by the Garden Club of Dearborn support academic scholarships


The next generation of environmental scientists blossom with the support of the Garden Club of Dearborn.

The Garden Club of Dearborn has been funding academic scholarships for University of Michigan-Dearborn students for more than 15 years—establishing a truly perennial partnership.

The Garden Club of Dearborn, founded 100 years ago by Clara Ford, believes in raising community awareness of environmental sustainability. The club also believes in perpetuating study in environmentally related fields. The idea that students should receive support to study the environmental sciences led to the creation of the Garden Club of Dearborn Scholarship at UM-Dearborn.

Mary Bugeia, president of the Garden Club of Dearborn, recently came to campus with fellow Garden Club of Dearborn members to present a check for the scholarship, which supports undergraduate students studying horticulture, environmental science or a related field at UM-Dearborn. The club’s annual “Holly Berry Brunch” helps fund the scholarship at UM-Dearborn as well as scholarships at other local schools. This year’s UM-Dearborn scholarship will be made in honor of Beth Brown, the 2014 Holly Berry Brunch event chair.

A key aspect of the university’s mission and the Victors for UM-Dearborn campaign is to achieve metropolitan impact by preparing students to address the world’s challenges head-on before they graduate. A UM-Dearborn education remains affordable and accessible by offering student scholarships, like the Garden Club of Dearborn Scholarship, and partnering with our community and donors on these initiatives.

“Providing funds for scholarships is consistent with the education portion of the mission of our organization when it was formed 100 years ago, and established a library in Dearborn,” said Bugeia. To date, the Garden Club of Dearborn has contributed $22,250 to the Victors for UM-Dearborn campaign and a generous amount of $88,250 overall to UM-Dearborn.

The Garden Club of Dearborn is also a community partner of UM-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC), where club members grow flowers and herbs in the Community Organic Garden and use them for horticulture therapy sessions with local senior living patients.

The investments that the Garden Club of Dearborn makes at UM-Dearborn will continue to benefit the future of our natural environment and educate future UM-Dearborn victors on creating a sustainable world. We are sincerely grateful for this long and fruitful partnership.

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