Sarasota Garden Club awards college scholarships

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   The Judith Woodbridge Schneider Scholarship Fund and the Sarasota Garden Club awarded three scholarships totaling $8,000 to Sarasota high school graduates who will enter study in Natural Sciences.

   The presentation was held at the Sarasota Garden Club on Monday, May 18, 2020.  Neither Covid-19 nor rain dampened the enthusiasm of the gathering of students and club members.  Two high school students were presented with $2,000 scholarships and a $4,000 college scholarship was presented to a student to complete a second year of college.

   Congratulations to the following winners:  Chloe Schwab attends the University of Florida and as a recipient of the Judith Woodbridge Schneider Natural Science Scholarship, plans to pursue studies with a major in Marine Science and a minor in Botany.  Veronica Gill, a Riverview High School graduate, will attend the University of South Florida majoring in Biology and Zoology. Her academic goals include studying natural wildlife and conservation of Earth’s natural resources. Sophia Pearce will attend The College of the Florida Keys.  She has a strong background of community service and a love of outdoor activities.  She will study and work in the fields of Marine Biology and Zoology.

   Sarasota Garden Club has a little known but long 30-year history of awarding Natural Science Scholarships totaling almost $200K.  Like all Community Projects, sponsorship for scholarships in the form of memorials and financial gifts are welcomed contributions.  For more information contact co-chairpersons:  Nancy Lewis or Andy Papineau at or visit our website at 

Sarasota Garden Club, a non-profit 501©(3) organization, provides FREE access to its beautiful gardens throughout the year and has just completed the beautification of its East Gardens in conjunction with the Bay Park Conservancy.  The Fountain Garden is located on the corner of Boulevard of the Arts and North Tamiami Trail.  Membership  is open to the community.

(L-R) Andy Papineau, Sophia Pearce, Chloe Schwab, Veronica Gill, & Anita Laesser (Co-President) 

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