Carlisle Garden Club Scholarship

DEADLINE:  April 14, 2023

The Carlisle Garden Club is offering a $2,000 scholarship in 2023. It is open to all high school seniors and home school high school seniors residing in the Carlisle Area School District, the Cumberland Valley School District, the South Middleton School District, and the Big Spring School District.

Eligible students must be planning to attend an accredited institution with the intent of earning a degree in horticulture, floriculture, landscape architecture, sustainability, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental policy, city planning, and land management and/or related issues.

Applications must be received by April 14, 2023 to be considered, and the winning recipient will be notified by April 30, 2023.





Carlisle Garden Club awards $1,000 scholarship to Matthew Bird

June 2020

The Carlisle Garden Club presented a $1,000 scholarship to recent Cumberland Valley High School graduate Matthew Bird. Matthew will attend Iowa State University in the fall and hopes to double major in Agronomy and Biochemistry. Carlisle Garden Club fundraisers like May Mart and the December Greens Sale provided funding for this scholarship.

Matthew discovered his interest in agriculture his freshman year when he took his first ag class. He proved to be an exceptional student in the Cumberland Valley Agricultural Science program, taking classes in plant science, food science, biotechnology, ag power and technology and ag fabrication.

Matthew is keenly interested in research and has competed in numerous science fairs, receiving first place at the PA FFA Big E AgriScience fair, second place at the PA Junior Academy of Science Fair and second place at the Capital Area Science & Engineering Fair. Matthew focused his plant science research on hydroponic systems and utilizing plastics to increase soil drainage.

Matthew also worked diligently in the Cumberland Valley Future Farmers of America (FFA), serving as treasurer his sophomore year, and president for both his junior and senior years. He was a member of the 2019 FFA State Championship Agronomy team, placing sixth individually in the contest. Matthew led the team at the National FFA Agronomy contest, earning a Silver ranking as an individual.

Additional accomplishments include organizing a four-week after-school elementary ag program, organizing a career and college night for the FFA chapter, and packing “Stop Hunger Now” meals.

The Carlisle Garden Club awards at least one scholarship every year to local students who plan to attend an accredited institution to study horticulture, floriculture, landscape architecture, conservation, forestry, agronomy, land management and related environmental issues.

The scholarship program is open to seniors in the Carlisle Area School District, South Middleton School District, Cumberland Valley School District and Big Spring School District. For more information, visit