EASTON — Lucas Joshi, a 2019 graduate of Easton High School, is the recipient of the 19th annual Garden Club of the Eastern Shore Scholarship.
The $4,500 merit scholarship was awarded to Joshi in recognition of his outstanding academic record, strong work ethic, community involvement and commitment to environmental preservation and conservation.
Joshi will attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., this fall, where he will major in environmental science and anthropology. After earning his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend law school to become an environmental lawyer.
“In a field of outstanding candidates, Lucas stood out because of his stellar academic record, maturity, community involvement and proactive approach to addressing difficult problems,” said Dr. Virginia Blatchley, scholarship committee co-chairman.
“We were particularly impressed with the amount of time and effort he has already put into balancing a rigorous academic program at which he excelled with demanding community activities, which included serving as president of his class for four years and president of the Health Community Club, Ecology Protection Group and National Honor Society,” Blatchley said. “He was also instrumental in founding Easton High School’s Racial Equality and Leadership Committee, which focuses on cultural awareness and activism.”
The GCES offers a scholarship annually to graduating seniors from Talbot County public and independent high schools. Home-schooled students also are eligible. The scholarship is available to students with outstanding academic records, who are also considering careers in botany, horticulture, agriculture, landscape architecture or design, environmental science or related fields.
The GCES is committed to promoting environmentally sound landscape practices and to providing programs for the community that explore conservation practices and environmental issues. It spearheaded the extensive restoration of Easton’s Thompson Park and also maintains several gardens in the community, including those at Thompson Park and the Academy Art Museum in Easton.
“In addition to our other community involvement, our annual scholarship has the full support of every member of the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore,“ GCES President Jill Meyerhoff said. “I personally believe that this investment in the future of the talented, hardworking young people in our county is the most important thing that we do as a group.”
For additional information about GCES programs or to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, call Dorothy Whitcomb at 410-385-0486.