SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Each year as part of a commitment to community service, the garden club awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors or college students pursuing further education in the field of horticulture, forestry, or environmental studies. The following two Springfield students have been each awarded $1,000 for the fall semester of 2017. Pending a review of their transcripts, they will each receive another $1,000 the following semester for a total scholarship donation of $4,000.
Andrew Czwakiel will be attending the University of Maine in Orono, Maine this month to study environmental science. Czwakiel was a member of the National Honor Society for the past two years and also played on the varsity soccer team. He has been an active member of the Boy Scouts, Troop 52, and has earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. He has worked at Shaw’s for the past two years. He was a farm worker and did yard work throughout his high school career to earn money for college. Czwakiel is a recent graduate of Springfield High School.
Brandon McCutcheon, the second recipient, is a graduate from River Valley Technical Center and will be attending Vermont Technical College, majoring in landscaping and sustainable horticulture. He plans to also take a small business management course so he will have the skills to either start and own or manage a landscaping operation. During McCutcheon’s high school years, he worked stocking trout in the Black River and mentoring in the summer Tech Camp at River Valley Technical Center in addition to working at Okemo and Shaw’s. In his junior year, McCutcheon earned the Aaron Douglas award in the Horticulture program at RVTC.
The Garden Club wishes both young men the best, as they move forward with their continuing education.