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NC State Extension Master Gardener

Volunteers of Union County Scholarship

2023 Scholarship Recipient

Madeline Mae Taylor













Madeline Taylor is a Senior at Piedmont High School in Monroe NC and will graduate in 2023. She will be attending NC State University in the Fall to study Horticultural Science. Her future plans include starting a cut flower farm and Florist business. She has worked extensively at Piedmont Flowers and Gifts  and Bloom Farms for several years, gaining great experience for her future endeavors. We are very happy to award our 2023 scholarship to Madeline. 


Know a high school senior starting college in the fall of 2024?

Applications for the 2024 Union County Master Gardener Scholarship are now open. The winning applicant will receive $1000 from the Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association (UCEMGVA) in time to register for fall classes. 


This award will be based on academic standing, student personal statement and one teacher/counselor (or other non-family member) recommendation.


Application guidelines are as follows. The applicant must be

  • a resident of Union County, North Carolina.

  • a graduating senior (2024) attending school (public, charter, home, etc…) in Union County (NC), in good standing, with at least 3.0 GPA. 

  • planning to attend a college or university and be majoring in botany, environmental studies, forestry, landscape architecture, horticulture, crop sciences, local foods, animal husbandry or related fields.


The student statement should explain why the student deserves this scholarship, educational goals and what they plan to do with their degree. The statement can be less than one but no more than two pages in length. Teacher/counselor (or other non-family member) recommendation should include why the student is qualified for this scholarship. Paper recommendation should be submitted with the scholarship application in a sealed envelope by the application deadline, April 1. 2024. Emailed recommendation may be sent separately before the deadline. Awardee will be notified by May 1, 2024. 

Click the links to download scholarship guidelines and scholarship application form. Please contact Michael Luther or Tina Sagartz with additional questions.

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