Scholarship Application

The Ojai Valley Garden Club offers a scholarship to a local graduating high school student who will pursue higher education in a field of environmental studies.  The scholarship award is typically $2,000  and is offered to students graduating either from Nordhoff or Chaparral high schools.

Qualifications – the applicant must:

*   be graduating from either Nordhoff or Chaparral high schools in 2023

*   plan to attend a community college, four-year university or certification program, and

*   plan to pursue study for a career in environmental sciences, such as:

  • Horticulture/agriculture
  • Landscape architecture
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Water management
  • Botany
  • Native plant studies
  • Environmental studies (pest control)

The scholarship application form is below or click on this link: OVGC scholarship 2023

Please complete the following:

Ojai Valley Garden Club


Please complete the following:

Name: _____________________________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________________

                                       (street)                                            (city)                (state)       (zip)

Home Phone: _______________________       Cell Phone: _______________________________

Email:  _______________________________________

Are you a legal resident of the Ojai Valley?  (circle one)       Yes        No

Your high school transcript must be attached.

Name of college or career certification program in 2023:  _________________________________

Signature: ________________________________________      Date: _________________________


Application MUST include:

  • One LETTER from a community member/past employer/instructor or counselor to validate your interest in environmental sciences.
  • Attach an ESSAY (400 words or less) describing your interests, your future goals and your financial needs (with special circumstances or hardships). Include a statement of why you wish to pursue a career in this field. THIS ESSAY WILL BE A MAJOR COMPONENT IN THE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.
  • Mail your completed application with official transcript, letter and essay by MAY 1, 2023 to:

Lorie McWhirter, Scholarship Chairperson, Ojai Valley Garden Club, P.O. Box 328, Ojai, CA 93024-0328.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lorie McWhirter at 805-798-7108.

Past Grant Recipients:  The 2017-2018 Scholarship of $3,000 went to Abigal (Abby) Alcantar.  Congratulations and best wishes in your studies.
Abby & Lorie
2016 Ojai Valley Garden Club scholarship recipient:  Finn Matte
Finn, a Nordhoff graduate, is the OVGC scholarship recipient for 2016. He is planning on attending Santa Barbara City College in the fall and then transferring to UC Davis. He is an avid gardener with plans of a career in agriculture. Congratulations, Finn!