FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS
Since 1955, the Naples Garden Club has conducted a House and Garden Tour of outstanding homes and gardens in Naples, which is our major fundraising project. The funds are used for civic beautification and improvement grants and the Naples Garden Club Endowment. The endowment annually awards financial assistance to selected students who conduct research in plant sciences at the Florida Gulf Coast University / Naples Botanical Garden Kapnick Education and Research Center.
Naples Garden Club Announces 2013-134 Grant Program
Naples Garden Club is a nonprofit community-oriented charitable and educational organization fostering appreciation of floral design, horticulture and the environment. The Club has a 60-year tradition of producing sold-out House & Garden Tours while raising nearly one million dollars for scholarships and community projects. NGC looks forward to funding community projects that support our mission as well as making a measurable impact on the Naples community.
Funds for community projects are awarded through a competitive application process. Guidelines and the application form are provided in PDF format. Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on December 12, 2013. Grants will be awarded on April 7, 2014.
Guidelines and Application: PDF document
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2013 Fellowship & Community Grant Recipients
Naples Garden Club is pleased to announce its 2013 Fellowship and Community Grant recipients, all funded by its annual House and Garden Tour. Naples Garden Club is celebrating its 60th year of nurturing, growing and contributing to its community.
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida was awarded $15,000 for interpretive signage for its Hammock Trail.
- Grace Place was awarded $1,830 for the improvement of its Children’s Garden for STEM education.
- Naples Botanical Garden was awarded $15,000 for three interns for the Naples Garden Club Idea Garden, Buehler Enabling Garden and Scott Florida Garden Wildflower Meadow.
- Angelica Harkoo and Emily Maya were fellowship recipients of the Naples Garden Club Fellowship Endowed Fund at FGCU.
Grants were awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations for projects that further the mission of Naples Garden Club. The Naples Garden Club … Read More
Thank you from Emily Maya
Dear Sponsor of the Naples Garden Club Fellowship Endowed Fund,
My name is Emily Rose Marlene Maya and I am the recipient of your very generous scholarship. This award will not only help me and my family with the financial requirements of my education but it also provides an amazing opportunity for me to expand my skills through working alongside the very intelligent staff of the Everglades Wetland Research Park. As an undergraduate Environmental Studies student in my junior year, it would have been extremely difficult to secure a research opportunity comparable to the one I’ve been offered. I suppose as a contributor to the funds enabling this to all take place, you may be more curious of whom I am outside of the academic realm.
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Healing the Environment Through Scholarships
The Naples Garden Club Endowment annually awards financial assistance to selected FGCU students conducting research in plant sciences at the Kapnick Education and Research Center. This endowed fellowship continues the Garden Club’s decades-long practice of awarding scholarships to benefit the community.
Sondra Quinn announced this years recipients, Angelica Harkoo (above) and Kelly Ussia, Environmental Studies undergraduates and student interns. Also in attendance was Dr. Bill Mitsch, Director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park.
Angelica’s and Kelly’s messages to Naples Garden Club members can be read below.
Dear Sponsor of the Naples Garden Club Fellowship Endowed Fund:
I would like to take this time to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the scholarship you have given me. It is an honor that I have been chosen out of all the applicants to receive … Read More
A Heartfelt Thanks from Our Newest Endowed Fellowship Recipient
We recently received this heartfelt letter from our Endowed Fellowship recipient, Heidi Stacy. She is so thankful for our support and is close to graduation because of our help. In her letter she states:
“…I think it is great that folks and organizations like you find it worthwhile to make a contribution to another person’s success, it is very admirable. It is my personal philosophy that things like this help to build better communities, which aligns with my long term goals. It is difficult to imagine that someone else would want to help another person when there is no direct payout. Perhaps you’ve been in my shoes before and understand the difficulty of juggling school, work, and family obligations? Either way, the impact of your contribution is substantial….”
Our First Endowed Fellowship Recipient
Kimberly Pierce, a graduate student at FGCU and the first recipient of our Naples Garden Club Endowed Fellowship at FGCU, gave an outline of her research at our April meeting. Kimberly is studying in the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, concentrating in Coastal Ecology and Geomorphology. She was very enthusiastic about her project to develop a science and technology-based lesson plan for undergraduate non-science majors. It will incorporate native plant identification at the Naples Botanical Garden, introduction to survey methods with a GPS and subsequent mapping applications with a geographic information system (GIS). Although specifically designed for use with Environmental Biology classes at FGCU, this three-stage activity will be broad enough in scope to be applicable to other courses at FGCU, other universities, and potentially to non-university groups visiting Naples