Metropolitan Garden Club of Portland promotes and supports local students who are obtaining a degree in the horticulture, landscape design and/or other related fields. Each year a $1000 scholarship is awarded to a recipient who has completed the application process and met the scholarship qualifications and guidelines.

Click here for the application for our annual scholarship.


Metropolitan Garden Club of Portland’s 2017 $1000 Scholarship Recipient

MandieAt the January meeting, members were introduced to this year’s scholarship recipient, Mandie Driskill.

Here’s some information about Mandie in her own words.

“I grew up the first half of my childhood in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The second half I lived in Springfield, Oregon where I currently live.

I studied business management at the University of Oregon at the Charles Lundquist College of Business. I then transferred to Oregon State University where I am majoring in Horticulture with the option plant breeding and genetics with interests in small fruits and berries. I am also minoring in business entrepreneurship at OSU’s college of business. I graduate in 2018.

I have received 4 awards for academic excellence from OSU since fall 2015. I am a member of pi alpha xi, the national horticulture Honor society.

I am also a member of the plant breeding and genetics student association. I do business documentation.

I am also a member of the green house committee in the plant breeding and genetics student association. We are breeding several Dorsera species for trait crosses and genetic studies such as chromosome number, ploidy level, and hybridization compatibility.

In my free time, I propagate ornamental and house plants. I also spend time with my boys in boy scouts. In the summer I am an avid hiker and traveler. I also sew, make cold process soap, and garden.

This summer I will be doing research for OSU and/or the USDA. After, I graduate in 2018, I plan on getting my PhD in plant breeding. In my future career, I am wanting to breed berry crops for one of Oregon’s berry nurseries. I am open to helping anyone, sharing my knowledge, and I want to help everyone by breed better food for the world.

Thank you MGCP for the wonderful scholarship it is very appreciated.