Dale Wheeler Johnston Memorial Scholarship

The Southern Roots Garden Club of Mecklenburg County (SRGC) awarded a grant to the Master Gardeners of York County in honor of Dale Wheeler Johnston, founder of SRGC, who served as its first president. Mrs. Johnston passed away in 2019.

The goal in accepting this grant is to foster an interest in gardening among young adults, as well as to encourage environmental awareness in our community.

The grant will give up to 4 high school students full admission to the renowned Joy of Gardening Symposium, which is an annual event sponsored by the Master Gardeners of York County (MGYC). In 2023 the themed event Cultivate the Garden Within will be held on February 25 at the Gateway Center in Richburg, SC, from 8 am to 4 pm. Applications must be received by the MGYC by January 31, 2023.


High school students who show an avid interest in gardening, agriculture, aquaculture, and/or our environment are welcome to apply.

Applicant Requirements

      • Complete the application and essay (up to 500 words) describing to the selection committee how candidates developed an interest in gardening and who inspired them to continue. This will ultimately determine who is chosen.

      • Submit the application and essay in one of two (2) ways:

      • Mail hard copies of both to the address included on the printable application form


      • Send an email that includes the same form fields that appear on the application along with your essay to mgchernitsky@gmail.com

      • Prepare comments after the Joy of Gardening Symposium to be used in the Master Gardeners of York County monthly newsletter The Cultivar, in print and social media, and on the MGYC website.

      • Sign a waiver to use any photographs in MGYC print and social media.


Applications must be received by January 31, 2023.

Printable Application Form