Rieck receives Garden Club of the Eastern Shore scholarship
— Will Rieck, a 2017 St. Michaels High School graduate, is the recipient of the 17th annual Garden Club of the Eastern Shore Scholarship.
The $4,500 merit scholarship was awarded to Rieck in recognition of his outstanding academic record, strong work ethic and commitment to environmental science and sustainable agriculture.
Rieck will enroll in the Honors College at the University of Michigan this fall. He also has been accepted into the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he intends to focus his efforts on environmental policy.
“In a field of outstanding candidates, Will stood out because of his commitment to working in the field of public policy to forward effective state and federal policies for environmental sustainability and conservation,” said Dr. Virginia Blatchley, scholarship committee co-chairman. “We were particularly impressed with Will’s seriousness of purpose, inquisitive intellect and willingness to challenge himself academically.”
The GCES offers a scholarship annually to graduating seniors from Talbot County public and independent high schools. Students being home-schooled also are eligible. The scholarship is available to students with outstanding academic records, who also are considering careers in botany, horticulture, agriculture, landscape architecture or design, environmental science or related fields.
Blatchley said, “We have always had strong candidates for the GCES scholarship, but this year’s field was extraordinary. All nine candidates had distinguished themselves both academically and through their service to the community while in high school, and we are certain that they will not only succeed in college, but excel.”
The GCES is committed to promoting environmentally sound landscape practices and to providing programs for the community that explore conservation practices and environmental issues. It spearheaded the extensive restoration of Easton’s Thompson Park. It also maintains several gardens in the community, including those at Thompson Park and the Academy Art Museum in Easton.
“In addition to our other community involvement, our annual scholarship has the full support of every member of the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, “said Samantha McCall, GCES president. “I personally believe that this investment in the future of the talented, hardworking young people in our county is the most important thing that we do as a group.”
For more information about GCES programs or to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, call Dorothy Whitcomb at 410-770-9035.
Will Rieck, center, a recent graduate of St. Michaels High School and the 2017 recipient of the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore Scholarship, is pictured with, from left, Lin Clineburg, scholarship committee member, and Dr. Virginia Blatchley, scholarship committee co-chairman.