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The Mary Clinton Scholarship Award

Up to $2,000 Awarded Annually

Deadline for Submission: April 4, 2022

The Redding Garden Club is proud to continue its tradition of awarding the Mary Clinton Scholarship, dedicated to Mary Clinton's years of service and devotion to the town of Redding.

The scholarship program awards up to $2,000 to one or more applicants who are legal residents of the town of Redding, Connecticut, and who are high school seniors and beginning their studies in the field of agriculture, horticulture, environmental studies, forestry, landscape or floral design, conservation or related areas.

The Scholarship is awarded each June.

Submission Guidelines:

To be considered for this award, please submit the following:

-- Your completed application form -- DOWNLOAD APPLICATIONHERE
-- Your essay that explains how you, your interests, activities and goals relate to your future field of study. (See details on Application Form.)
-- A letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or employer.

Mary Clinton Redding Garden Club ScholarshipWho was Mary Clinton?

Mary Clinton was a charter member of the Redding Garden Club who was always willing to share her vast knowledge of horticulture and floral design with people of all ages. Read more about Mary's story by clicking here.


Meet The 2021 Mary Clinton Scholarship Winners!

Grace Gabriel, Joel Barlow High School

Corinna Voytek, Joel Barlow High School
"This coming Fall, I’ll be a freshman at the University of Washington majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Environmental Science. I’m looking forward to studying the intersection of these two subjects and how we can protect our earth, especially lands that are sacred and valuable to native cultures.

During my time at Joel Barlow High School, I was involved in the Eco Club, where we successfully implemented composting in our school, encouraged the use of reusable utensils, and planted a tree. I also love to sing and perform, which I hope to participate in during my time in college.

Receiving this scholarship will allow me to focus my efforts on maintaining a high GPA, learning from my professors and peers, and pursuing my goal to improve the state of our world. Thank you again for your support"


Update from Amanda Duffy, 2016 Mary Clinton Scholarship Winner

Amanda Duffy, an alum of JBHS Class of 2016, was awarded the Mary Clinton Scholarship while attending The University of Vermont. She hoped to use her knowledge and passion for the creation of more urban agriculture and community gardens with a particular focus on elementary youth. Since then, Amanda’s path in the environmental field has evolved and changed, but her passion for building more sustainable communities has remained. She received her BS in Environmental Studies and Public Communication from UVM in May 2020. Throughout her time there, her studies shifted to focus on the intersection of communications and corporate social responsibility. She hopes to use her communication skills to address the climate crisis.In one of her most recent roles, Amanda worked as Social Responsibility Intern with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility in Burlington, Vermont. In this role, Amanda pioneered the “Building Better Businesses Toolkit,” a project that outlined a wide range of initiatives for HR specialists across the state to use to better support their employees, communities, and environment. Amanda also served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, a peer advisor in the Environmental Program, and President of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society. In the wake of graduating and the COVID-19 pandemic, Amanda has spent some time back in her hometown of Redding. During this time, she has been involved with the community as much as possible. To make the college search easier for local high schoolers easier during such a tumultuous time, Amanda developed a website called The College T to connect high schoolers with real college students. When Amanda is not working and engaging with the community, you can find her hiking, baking cookies, or paddle boarding!


Meet 2020 Scholarship Winners

Natalie Pirro
Max Nonnenmacher
Leah Sharon


The Redding Garden Club is proud to announce three recipients of the Mary Clinton
Scholarship for 2020, all from Joel Barlow High School in Redding.

Max Nonnenmacher will be pursuing environmental studies at Kenyon College, Natalie Pirro will be studying animal science at the University of Delaware, and Leah Sharon will be involved in zoology and environmental studies. All three students demonstrated a commitment both to their community and to protecting our environment and reflect the philosophy and goals of the Redding Garden Club. 

We are happy to support these students who plan to pursue fields of environmental studies and the animals that inhabit it. Congratulations, Max, Natalie, and Leah!

Meet 2019 Scholarship Winner Sean Mullin

The Redding Garden Club is proud to announce the recipient of the 2019 Mary Clinton Scholarship Award. Sean Mullin, a senior at Joel Barlow High School, received the award at the JBHS Awards Ceremony on May 30, 2019.


Sean will be majoring in the field of Ecology and Environmental Science because he cares about the health and sustainability of our planet. His commitment to protect both his community and our environment reflects the philosophy and goals of the Redding Garden Club, and we wish him much success in his future endeavors. Congratulations!

Meet 2017 Scholarship Winners: Austin Lewis Houser and Amanda Duffy

Redding Connecticut Garden Club scholarship Amanda Duffy
Scholarship Chair Nita Alarcon (l) with Scholarship winner Amanda Duffy

The Redding Garden Club is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Mary Clinton Scholarship Award. 

Austin Lewis Houser, a senior at Joel Barlow High School, will be attending Santa Barbara City College in the fall.  Austin’s passion for the ocean and the human impact on marine life has guided his decision to pursue a degree in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies.

Amanda Duffy, who is currently attending The University of Vermont, is majoring in Environmental Studies and is hoping to use her knowledge and passion in the creation of more urban agriculture and community gardens with a particular focus on elementary youth. Congratulations!


Meet Our 2016 Scholarship Winner, Robert Hermenze

Meet Our 2015 Scholarship Winner, Anthea Taeuber

The Redding Garden Club is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Mary Clinton Scholarship Award. This year’s award has gone to a Joel Barlow High School senior, Anthea Taeuber, who represents the spirit and the mission of The Redding Garden Club.

Anthea, who has a lifelong passion for our environment, will be attending Occidental College in Los Angeles, California in the fall to study Environmental Science. Anthea has been active in both town and school activities focused on protecting our environment. She serves as the Student Representative on the Redding Earth Day Committee and founded the Envio-tation Club at Joel Barlow to help students be more environmentally and self-aware.

The scholarship award was presented to Anthea on June 4, 2015 at The Joel Barlow Awards Ceremony.

Meet Our 2014 Scholarship Winners

Jamie Curtis, who will be attending the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the fall, is part of a student team at the Gilbert and Bennett wire mill site investigating the potential of water resources with particular focus on hydroponic farming.
Sarah Pardee, who has a lifelong passion for nature, will be attending The University of Vermont in the fall to study Environmental Science. She hopes to pursue a career in conservation and has a particular interest in endangered species.

The scholarship awards were presented to Jamie and Sarah on June 5, 2014 at The Joel Barlow Awards Ceremony.

Click Here to Meet Our 2012 Scholarship Winner

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