News - 01/15/2014

Local Garden Club Endows MiraCosta College Scholarship

Scholarship Donation

“MiraCosta College is close, it’s accessible, and it’s where a lot of our local high school students go,” said LaVerne Schlosser.  “We’re very, very pleased with their academics and the service they are providing to the community.”

This explains why the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club donated $10,000 to fully fund a horticulture scholarship endowment at MiraCosta College. The gift brings the Garden Club’s endowment to $15,000, enabling the MiraCosta College Foundation to award an annual Rancho Santa Fe Horticulture Scholarship in the amount of $500 in perpetuity.

“We’ve had a very good relationship with the school and we’re thrilled with the work that they are doing,” said LaVerne Schlosser, the Garden Club’s philanthropy chair. “We wanted to make sure that scholarships would be provided every year in perpetuity.”

The Garden Club is a nonprofit group that has given generously to MiraCosta College and other organizations for decades. It gave a $9,500 grant to the MiraCosta College Horticulture Club in 2011 and a $10,000 grant to Solutions for Change to help train returning military veterans interested in learning about aquaponics. 

The oldest organization in Rancho Santa Fe, the Garden Club was founded in 1926 to enhance gardening and landscaping at the North County hamlet.

“Philanthropy is a large part of what we do,” Schlosser said. In fact, the Garden Club has donated a total of $12,000 to the MiraCosta College Foundation in the past, and that doesn’t include the $9,500 grant to the Horticulture Club. It also makes regular $500 scholarship donations.

Nancy Paul was a Garden Club scholarship recipient six years ago. “It was a very, very generous gift and it helped me tremendously,” Paul said. The Encinitas resident graduated from MiraCosta College with an associate in arts degree, with an emphasis in landscape and architectural design. She later went to work for a local landscape architect, though she no longer works there.

“MiraCosta has a great horticulture program and I got a lot out of it,” Paul said.

The Garden Club president Helen DiZio and board member LaVerne Schlosser presented Linda Fogerson, executive director of the MiraCosta College Foundation, with a $10,000 check during the group’s Jan. 14 organizational meeting.

Schlosser said she hoped the Garden Club’s gift will inspire other organizations to give to the MiraCosta College Foundation, the college’s nonprofit arm that administers gifts, grants and scholarships. 

“We take a great deal of pride in giving to the college,” she said. “It is quite a thrill to see all these young people getting the help they need to secure a quality education.”

Photo (L-R): Helen DiZio, Linda Fogerson, LaVerne Schlosser
Linda is accepting a $10,000 check. Helen and LaVerne are board members of the RSF Garden Club.

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