The Hampstead Garden Club has awarded Sherry Brink, a CFCC student in the Landscape Gardening Program, a $1,500 scholarship for the spring semester.
The Hampstead Gardening Club consists of 47 members who meet every third Monday of each month at the Topsail Presbyterian Church. The board members host many events that with the funds raised goes to their annual scholarship for students at Cape Fear Community College. The board has chosen to support the college since 1997 because they believe it is the best place to find someone who is studying agriculture in North Carolina.
“It was very close to our hearts when the landscaping program was created at CFCC. We love being able to help [students] find [their] dream,” says Val Trofimoff, Scholarship Chair.
The recipient, Sherry Brink, is a nontraditional student who will be graduating in May with a certificate in Landscape Gardening. Brink is also an employee at the Poplar Grove Plantation, where she utilizes the skills she learns at CFCC. The scholarship will assist her in providing materials for herself to use outside the classroom. “There’s a lot of tools that will be very helpful and to purchase them would be really nice. Everything I learn and use here, pH testing, EC meters, I can now have it myself,” says Brink.
The Landscape Gardening Program at Cape Fear emphasizes intensive, practical, hands on training in applied horticulture to assist students in this specific field. Many courses offered in the program include plant propagation, greenhouse and nursery plant culture, turf management, plant identification, arboricultural, diseases and pests of plants, and landscape planning, maintenance and construction.