Long Hill Garden Club  awards scholarship

Each year, the Long Hill Garden Club makes available a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who is a Trumbull resident and plans to continue his/her education in biology, botany, conservation, environmental studies, forestry, horticulture, landscape design, land management or related subjects.

This year’s recipient is Melanie Gorton, daughter of Jeffrey and Karen Gorton. She will major in Environmental Science.

Melanie has taken a rigorous course load of advanced placement and honors classes, both at Trumbull High School and the Bridgeport Aquaculture School. She took UCONN’s Early College Experience Chemistry in her junior year. In her Marine Ecology class, the students were the first class to research and raise lobsters from eggs which were released into Long Island Sound.

She was a member of Future Farmers of America, played freshman and JV soccer, was a member of the National Honor Society and a contributing photographer for the Trumbull High School Yearbook.

A well-rounded student, Melanie volunteered for TOPSoccer, a community program that provides young players who have physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities with opportunities to improve fitness, self-esteem and social skills through playing soccer. She gave group guitar lessons at an after school program in Shelton, was a member of Friends of Appalachia and volunteered at an organization which provided sailing, boating, marine education and recreation to disadvantaged youth.

Her teachers describe her as passionate, committed and hard-working.

The Long Hill Garden Club is happy to have found such a qualified recipient for its scholarship.