Annual Scholarship Awards

Annual Scholarship Awards2018-10-29T09:38:58+00:00

Thanks to proceeds from the club’s Gate & Garden Tour and the generous contributions of sponsors, the club has awarded scholarships to local high school and college students each year for over a decade.

2018 Winner – Massimo Lucidi

2018 Scholarship winner, Massimo Lucidi, with Past President, Lynn Jax.

Graduated: Laguna Beach High School

Entering: Saddleback Community College, Horticultural Studies

LGBC Scholarship: $2,500

Career Plans: Landscape design/architecture; horticulture

Comments: Massimo Lucidi is the perfect choice to receive our annual scholarship as he embodies the essence of one who cherishes what nature has to offer. His concentrated efforts on preservation of the environment and his desire to study landscape design/horticulture will benefit the community.

Essay summary: Gardening has been a passion of Massimo’s since he was 12. He designed and renovated the landscape around his house. He spent most of his high school community service hours (48) at the Nix Nature Center in Laguna Canyon, removing invasive plants and dehydrating weeds. Restoring natural landscape deep in the Nature Preserve was a “beyond-satisfying” experience for him. After expressing his desire to pursue landscape design, Massimo took the advice of Nix Ranger Laura Cohen and met with Dr. Ken Lee at Saddleback College, the Co-Chair of the Horticulture Department where he will study. Massimo believes that pursuing landscape design or horticulture will lead him to discover valuable opportunities and resources that will propel his environmental career.

2018 Winner – Grant Geipel

Graduated: Saddleback Community College

Entering: Cal Poly Pomona with a major in Landscape Design

LBGC Scholarship: $2,000

Top Performer: Saddleback Horticulture Department; winner of Landscape Design Competition

Grant Recipient: From the World Water Forum and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for innovative and proactive water-saving projects

Apply for a Scholarship

Who can apply — 

  • College-bound Laguna Beach High School seniors interested in the environment, conservation, horticulture and related fields

  • Saddleback Community College students who take classes in the Horticulture Department.

Criteria — The garden club awards scholarships to students who demonstrate interest in, or who study, horticulture, landscape design, plant science, ecology, environmental science, conservation and similar fields. Students are required to submit an essay by March 1 outlining their future plans and their experience or interest in any of these or related fields.

How to apply —Students should apply for a scholarship directly with the local scholarship coordinators in their schools. Or, contact us at for more information.