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Scholarship Winners

MGAPC Awards a Scholarship to William Paterson University Student - 2017

Vincent Chisvette, resident of Pompton Lakes, a biology major with a concentration in ecology at William Paterson University is the recipient of the MGAPC scholarship this year.  He really likes plants, especially aspects plant ecology and botany. Last summer he worked on a bat project with Professor Lance Risley who recommended him for our scholarship most enthusiastically.  Mr. Chisvette will graduate in May.  He said that the scholarship made it possible for him to complete his course work on schedule.  He  plans to continue his education on the graduate level after a year of exploration. He hopes to spend the summer in the mid-west using his skills at netting bats and identifying plants.  In the fall and spring he will be a soccer referee as he has been while attending college, and in the winter he snowboards.  Phil Faria and Edith Wallace shared a lunch recently with Mr. Chisvette and Professor Risley and are convinced that MGAPC has made a good investment in this student. 

Vincent Chisvette, Edith Wallace and Phil Faria

MGAPC Awards a Scholarship to William Paterson University Student - 2016

In the future we should hear great things about this year's MGAPC scholarship recipient at William Paterson University. Her double major Environmental Sustainability and Criminology & Criminal Justice make the best match for her interests. After earning her BS she plans to attend the environmental science graduate program at Rutgers as she looks forward to a career in environmental law enforcement.

It was a pleasure to talk with Jacqueline Castillo, a Paterson resident, who volunteers in both social service venues as well as in the out-of-doors obtaining Wildlife Garden Certification from Bergen County Audubon Society for the New Weiss Center for Education, Arts & Recreation.

 

Jacqueline Castillo, scholarship award
winner, with Edith Wallace

 

MGAPC Awards a Scholarship to William Paterson University Student - 2015

The "Dr. Edith W. Wallace Scholarship" of the MGAPC provided $1000 to the William Paterson University scholarship committee to be awarded to a student of their choice. The student who was chosen by WPU was Passaic resident senior Aimee Aquino,who is an Environmental Science major. As a junior she spent a semester at the University of Montana as an exchange student, during which she developed a policy proposal for that university's Climate Action Plan. On the William Paterson campus she is a member of the Student Conservation Association. Aimee is also a Teen Crusaders Co-Leader for her local 4-H youth program. Teen Crusaders volunteer to improve their community and the environment. During the school year, Aimee is employed as a student assistant in the Office of International Students and Scholars. She has worked for the National Park Service in the summer  at the Cape Lookout National Seashore and expects to be a park ranger after graduation specializing in natural resource conservation. The William Paterson Scholarship Committee made a good selection in Aimee whose plans for the future support our goals.

Edith Wallace and Aimee Aquino

MGAPC Awards a Scholarship to William Paterson University Student - 2014

The "Dr. Edith W. Wallace Scholarship" of the MGAPC provided $1000 to the William Paterson University scholarship committee to be awarded to a student of their choice. The student who was chosen by WPU was Domenico Stockton-Rossini. He is a consistent Dean's list student who has a double major in earth science and legal studies with a minor in philosophy. After graduating in May 2015, Domenico plans to attend law school to specialize in environmental law.

Edith Wallace and Domenico Stockton-Rossini

MGAPC Awards Three Scholarships to Local Youths - 2012

At the June Master Gardener Association of Passaic County meeting, Raymond Edel, 2012 president of the MGAPC, presented $500 dollar scholarships to county graduating high school students -- Jacob Faber of Wayne, Tonian Robinson of Paterson and Lori Hart of Clifton.

The "Dr. Edith W. Wallace Scholarship" of the MGAPC was awarded for the first time to these three high school students interested in attending college to study for a career in horticulture or science. Dr. Wallace was a professor and chairperson of the Biology Department at William Paterson University for many years. She is currently an active 1000 hour volunteer with MGAPC.

To apply for the funds, the students completed an application that was reviewed by the scholarship committee. The 2012 MGAPC scholarship committee members were Bonnie Joachim of Kinnelon, Mary Riley of Wayne, Barbara Cook of Pompton Plains and Raymond Edel of Clifton.

The funding was made possible through the MGAPC annual plant sale held in May.

Lori Hart of Clifton, Tonian Robinson of Paterson are presented their
$500 dollar scholarship checks from master gardeners Mary Riley and Dr. Edith W. Wallace.
Jacob Faber, a third recipient, not present.