Springfield Garden Club awards scholarships to area students

Garden Club Scholarship winners Skylar Guida-Dailey and Austin Turco with Jocelynn Zezza, scholarship chair. Photo by Frank Zezza


SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Each year, the Springfield Garden Club awards $4,000 in scholarship funds, shared by two deserving students from the area who are pursuing a college education in the fields of horticulture, forestry, or environmental studies.

We are very pleased to announce our 2018 recipients: Skylar Guida-Dailey who recently graduated from Green Mountain High School and Austin Turco who graduated from Black River High School this past June.

Skylar will be attending Community College of Vermont in Rutland, Vt. with a focus on environmental studies and wildlife conservation. She hopes to work in Vermont upon graduation. She achieved an excellent academic record over the past four years, as well as achieving many academic awards. Skylar was also involved in sports, drama, and student government activities. Her community service activities were varied and extensive. Skylar earned the highest recommendations from her teachers for her strength of character, her practical and organizational abilities, her grit, her work ethic, and her wonderful personality.

Austin Turco graduated from Black River High School in June 2018 after completing courses at Vermont Technical College this past school year and the previous two years at River Valley Technical Center in Springfield. His objective is to finish his associate’s degree at VTC in landscape design and sustainable horticulture. Austin’s goal is to help grow his family’s maple business and start his own landscaping business in Vermont. Austin has achieved academic awards and honors during his schooling while being very active on varsity soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. He has been a member of the Mount Holly Fire Department and Rescue Squad as a junior member and has assisted this organization in a variety of different assignments. Austin has earned his First Aid/CPR AED, and during his high school years, he also had a series of employment experiences with various responsibilities. He is described by teachers and employers as dependable, hardworking, self-motivated, always willing to lend a hand to others, and intensely devoted to his craft and to the people around him.

“The Springfield Garden Club’s annual fundraiser is the Festival of Trees Celebration in November,” stated Jocelyn Zezza, SGC scholarship chairperson. “It is this fundraiser, with help from civic minded citizens, which allows the club to raise $4,000 each year to support our two scholarship students.” The Garden Club wishes them both well with their continuing studies.

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