Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Winners!

Honored at the October Awards Meeting

Left to right: Scholarship Chair Margaret Kotch; University of Connecticut Student Jacqueline Degregorio; Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies School Cara Donovan; FGCCT President Inge Venus.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Jacqueline Degregorio is a junior majoring in Natural Resources and Conservation at UCONN, Storrs. She is a graduate of North Haven High School where she was involved in organizing events and fundraising for environmental efforts.   During the summer she worked at Ballek’s Garden Center in East Haddam.  At Storrs, she is a volunteer at one of the greenhouses on campus. Some of her favorite hobbies include backpacking, gardening and pottery. Jacqueline is a winner of both an FGCCT and an NGC scholarship.

Cara Donovan is a joint master’s degree student at the School of Public Health and the School of Forestry. A Connecticut College grad, her primary interests are in improving human health and the environment through sustainable food systems. This past summer she worked with community volunteer groups planting parks, streetscapes and vacant lots. Her masters’ thesis relates to utilization of nutritious native crops in child and infant feeding in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She has worked at CitySeed in New Haven as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer and looks forward to working in community-based health or environmental projects after graduation. In her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga, vegan cooking, and going for walks in the woods.


The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut has a proud tradition of awarding scholarships to college and university students whose area of study falls within the scope of our mission, such as botany, environmental studies or landscape design. The program was begun in 1982.  Amounts awarded are based on the qualifications of the applicant and the funds available.  Scholarships are funded by the generous donations of our Connecticut member clubs and other individuals and organizations.

We welcome donations from our members clubs, individuals and organizations to our Scholarship Fund at any time:



The Federated Garden Clubs, Inc. awards scholarships to students entering their junior or senior year or who are graduate students in any certified college or university. It does not have to be a school in the state of Connecticut.  Students must be legal residents of Connecticut (have a Connecticut Drivers License and/or be registered to vote here) and be majoring in one of the following fields: Agronomy, Botany, City Planning, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Floriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Land Management, Landscape Design, Plant Pathology, or allied subject.  They must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. PhD candidates are not eligible.

The deadline for applying for a scholarship is always July first each year. Contact   with any questions.

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2016 FGCCT Scholarship Winners

Winner  Cara Donovan, President Jane Waugh (2015-17), Scholarship Chair in 2016 Judy Joly, winner Vinay Ananthachar and winner Amber Collett.