the Horticulture Scholarship Program

Horticulture Scholarship Program News

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Over the years, the Club has focused on improving the city’s greenery and educating residents about gardening and horticulture. To advance these goals we began awarding horticultural scholarships to Yamhill County locals. The program began in 1996 by awarding one $500 scholarship. In 2024, the club members voted to give five scholarships of $1000 each to deserving students.

The scholarships are made possible through public donations and the McMinnville Garden Tour & Faire proceeds (our primary fundraiser) and provide financial support to area students pursuing higher education in the fields of horticulture, forestry, environmental studies and others.

Congratulations to our 2024 winners!

Anna Baumholtz | 2024

$1,000

After graduating from Dayton High School, Anna plans to attend Linfield University and major in Biology. She would eventually like to work in veterinary medicine and her dream job would be a small animal orthopedic surgeon. She has participated in many activities including 4H, FFA, OHSET (Oregon High School Equestrian Teams), and high school softball. She has served as Dayton FFA president, Rough Riders 4H club president, and Dayton High School softball team captain. She enjoys doing anything outdoors including riding horses, hiking, and paddle boarding.

Avery Grell | 2024

$1,000

This is Avery’s second scholarship. She graduated from McMinnville High School and currently attends Eastern Oregon University. Her major is Agricultural Entrepreneurship/Agribusiness and her minor is Communications. Her dream job would be to work with Oregon AgLink and integrate agriculture into school curriculum. She has been able to go on agricultural field trips visiting several industry businesses and food production systems across Oregon and Washington. She has also joined the Agripreneur Club and has spoken on the club podcast (Mounties Talking Ag).

Kylee Heesacker | 2024

$1,000

Kylee will graduate from McMinnville High School and has already completed 24 hours of college credit. She plans to major in Animal Science at Chemeketa Community College and will transfer later to Oregon State University to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She has worked at a horse boarding facility in Yamhill County for two years and learned everything from grooming horses to operating a large tractor for mowing pastures. She has completed the Fire & Emergency Services Pathway and the AVID programs. She currently works as a barista at a local coffee shop.

Allison LaPoint | 2024

$1,000

This is Allison’s second scholarship. She graduated from Willamina High School and completed almost 45 credit hours of online college coursework before starting college. She will be transferring to Portland Community College to enroll in the Veterinary Technician Program. She works on her family’s farm and also house/farm sits for other families.

Leanna LaPoint | 2024

$1,000

This is Leanna’s second scholarship. She graduated from Willamina High School and completed almost 45 credit hours of online college coursework before starting college. She is attending Linn Benton Community College and eventually will transfer to Oregon State University and major in Animal Science with a pre-veterinarian focus. She works part time at the Dallas Animal Clinic. She will be receiving her FFA American Degree (the highest degree offered) at a national conference in Indiana this fall.

Past Scholarship Recipients

First NameLast NameYearAward
AnnaBaumholtz2024$1,000
KyleeHeesacker2024$1,000
AveryGrell2024$1,000
LeannaLaPoint2024$1,000
AllisonLaPoint2024$1,000
AveryGrell2023$1,000
AllisonLaPoint2023$1,100
LeannaLaPoint2023$1,100
MiaGarcia2022
StevenIrving2022
JessicaReyes2021
QuentinComus2021
StevenIrving2021
QuentinComus2020
StevenIrving2020
JimmyReyes2020
TaylorAmes2019
QuentinComus2019
StevenIrving2019
JimmyReyes2019
AnnaSecrist2019
TaylorAmes2018
KylieHolveck2018
JimmyReyes2018
JimmyReyes2017
KeeannaWest2017
KylieHolveck2017
NathanJohnson2017
JoannaKubes2017
JoannaKubes2016
NathanJohnson2016
KeeannaWest2016
AlexamandaReyes2015
JeannieKlein2015
KathrynHarris2015
JeannieKlein2014
KathrynHarris2014
TylerBodeen2013
JeannieKlein2013
MirandaGleason2013
TylerBodeen2012
JeannieKlein2012
CodyPutman2012
JuanArenes2011
NikkiDorrell2011
AaronMcLaughlin2011
TravisBernards2011
AaronMcLaughlin2010
PhilipPursel2010
NikkiDorrell2010

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