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Donna Conway Scholarship Award

Donna Conway Scholarship Merit Award

History of the Award Donna Conway was a long-time member of the Garden Club of Cape Coral. She was the creator and founder of March in the Park more than 10 years ago. The fundraiser was designed to provide help to students committed to preserving the environment, admitted to a college program and intending to select a college major related to environmental studies. Donna worked diligently to make this endeavor a complete success and the values of the other annual awards presented since 2011 have increased with each event. Donna passed in the Fall of 2019 and a fund for a new scholarship was provided by her family on Donna’s request.

Purpose of Scholarships: The Donna Conway Scholarship Merit Award is awarded annually to assist worthy graduating high school seniors who are furthering their education in the Environment, Horticulture, or in any aspect of Gardening and making our planet better. The interest should be demonstrated through their studies, extracurricular activities, and/or employment during their years in High School and/or Middle School. The Donna Conway Scholarship Merit Award will be awarded annually for ten years beginning in 2020.

Award Details: The Award will be presented to the winner at the GCCC April monthly meeting. Awards are not based on financial need. (Note: In 2020 Award Winners received their certificate by mail.) Applications are now closed for 2020. Information for 2021 Awards will be posted soon.

Eligibility: Applicant must
  1. Demonstrate an active and ongoing interest and participation in horticultural and/or environmental issues. This includes classroom and extracurricular activities such as work and volunteer experience.
  2. Have a goal related to the purpose of the scholarship

  1. Application must be emailed or postmarked by TBD 2021. It can be emailed to Sally Stevens at:
    or mailed to : The Garden Club of Cape Coral
    Attn: Sally Stevens, Merit Awards Committee Chair
    P. O. Box 152022
    Cape Coral, FL 33915-2022
  2. Persons identified as references by the applicant must also email or mail their recommendations by the deadline for the application as noted above.
  3. Notification of award decisions will be made by TBD 2021.

Judging of Applications: Members of the GCCC Merit Awards Committee will award points in five categories to each application. These points will be the basis for the scholarship awards:
  1. Personal Recommendations – 20%
  2. Extracurricular/Work Activities – 20%
  3. All High School Classes – 15%
  4. College and Career Goals – 15%
  5. Personal Statement – 30%

2020 - Thomas Cramer

Thomas Cramer – Winner of the 2020 Donna Conway Award

Thomas Cramer Winner of Donna Conway Award 2020