THE TEXAS MASTER GARDENER (MG) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Scholarship, Award Recognition, and Grant Policy and Procedure is to establish the overarching guidelines and procedures for any Scholarship Program within Nueces Master Gardener, Inc. These procedures are developed and implemented by the Nueces Master Gardeners, Inc. so that all administrative and financial processes are clearly defined and transparent.
The Scholarship, Award Recognition, and Grant Program is the responsibility of the Scholarship Committee in coordination with the Finance Committee and the Education Committee to ensure all scholarships, grants and awards are within the established budget, and supports the education mission of the Nueces Master Gardener Program.
The current policy authorizes four programs:
- Post Secondary Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors and Beyond High School individuals or prior scholarship awardees working towards a degree, certificate program, or license majoring in education or science with a concentration in horticulture, botany, entomology, plant ecology or related fields.
- Nueces Master Gardener Intern Scholarship Program is to be awarded to High School students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) or post graduate students up to the age of 23 who will enter the with the goal of becoming Certified Master Gardeners.
- Recognition Awards Program will offer a Recognition Award to a maximum of two W.B. Ray High School Students who demonstrated an outstanding contribution in Horticultural Science with an interest to develop and enhance the environment.
- Grant Program which awards financial support to individuals and/or organizations furthering horticultural or naturalist programs supported or sponsored by NMGs.
Each of these four programs will have an Overview Statement and other documents to support its implementation and execution.
A scholarship or grant amount cannot be defined properly as what may be enough for one student may not be enough for the others. The committee will evaluate the student’s needs, along with the program objectives, budget constraints, and reasonable assurance that amount awarded will go towards successful completion of the course, certificate, license, or project.
Procedures: Each scholarship, grant and award program will have an Overview Statement outlining the purpose of the program, its intended audience, requirements, selection criteria, application process, and any additional requirements, restrictions, or limitations. They will also have an application, information and photo release form, a contact information form and any other documentation required by the specific program. The funds for the Scholarship Program are to be generated from NMG fundraising activities, grants and donations. All scholarships, awards and grants are for local students who are furthering their education at local institutions.
Any changes or deviations to this policy or any of its overviews or applications must be reviewed by the Bylaws and Policy Working Group before going to the Board for it review and recommendations. Final approval must be brought to the membership for a vote. Changes or edits due to grammar or spelling are excepted. Also, changes or edits to other documents to conform to law, rules or regulations are exempt from Board and Membership approval. The Committee shall make the Board and Membership aware of those changes.