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Union County Extension Master Gardener Scholarship

2022 Scholarship Recipient

Sallie Parker 











Sallie Parker is a 2022 graduate of Piedmont High School in Monroe NC. During high school she was focused on AP science and math classes as well as agricultural science. She was a member of the track team, President of the FFA and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She is also very involved in many non-profit organizations and known as a compassionate, caring, kind person. Sallie plans to study Zoology and Animal Science in college and the EMGs know she will excel at all she does. We are very happy to award our 2022 scholarship to Sallie. 


Know a high school senior starting college in the fall of 2023?

Applications for the 2023 Union County Master Gardener Scholarship are now open. The winning applicant will receive $1000 from the Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association (UCEMGVA) in time to register for fall classes.

This award will be based on academic standing, student personal statement and one teacher/counselor (or other non-family member) recommendation.


Application guidelines are as follows. The applicant must be

  • a resident of Union County, North Carolina.

  • a graduating senior (2023) attending school (public, charter, home, etc…) in Union County (NC), in good standing, with at least 3.0 GPA. 

  • planning to attend a college or university and be majoring in botany, environmental studies, forestry, landscape architecture, horticulture, crop sciences, local foods, animal husbandry or related fields.


The student statement should explain why the student deserves this scholarship, educational goals and what they plan to do with their degree. The statement can be less than one but no more than two pages in length. Teacher/counselor (or other non-family member) recommendation should include why the student is qualified for this scholarship. Paper recommendation should be submitted with the scholarship application in a sealed envelope by the application deadline, April 1. 2023. Emailed recommendation may be sent separately before the deadline. Awardee will be notified by May 1, 2023. 

Click the stars below to download guidelines and application form. Please contact Michael Luther or Tina Sagartz with additional questions.

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