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Clatsop County Master Gardener Association Scholarship

Established in the fall of 2001, this scholarship recognizes an outstanding Clatsop County student(s) who expresses an interest in horticulture. Future fields of study can include but are not limited to forestry, plant biology, agriculture, landscape architecture/design, floristry, landscape maintenance technology, education, and earth sciences. Scholarship value: $1000

ASTORIA, OREGON, June 24, 2021—The Clatsop County Master Gardener Association (CCMGA) has selected Westin Carter of Gearhart as the recipient of its 2021 scholarship award.  The $2,000 grant will support Mr. Carter, a member of the recently graduated Class of 2021 at Seaside High School (SHS) and already the owner of his own landscaping business, as he begins his studies in business financing and marketing at the University of Oregon in Eugene in September.

“The Master Gardener scholarship is incredibly generous,” said Mr. Carter upon learning of his selection. “It is helping me pursue a higher education that I will be using to further my landscape maintenance business. I’d like to thank the Master Gardener Association for aiding me in my journey to pursue my dreams.”

An SHS honor student, associated student body president, and one of this year’s two valedictorians at the June 1 graduation ceremonies, Mr. Carter, 18, has already demonstrated significant horticultural skills and entrepreneurial acumen. As a sixth-grader, he began his own lawn care business, earning renown in his neighborhood as “the local lawnboy.” From those early days working on his own with one lawn mower and hand tools, he’s built a thriving business— which he incorporated last year as, fittingly, Local Lawnboy LLC. No one man show any longer, Local Lawnboy LLC has two trucks, lots more equipment, and four employees, and will continue to thrive under Mr. Carter’s management and direction as he pursues his college degree. Mr. Carter is also a seasoned community volunteer, having served on the regional councils of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


  • To provide an incentive for further education to an exceptional Clatsop County student(s) with a background or interest in horticulture
  • To develop an appreciation and knowledge of horticulture
  • To encourage the development of skills that will contribute to effective communication and sound gardening practices in his/her community
  • To provide for recognition of meritorious work and achievement in horticulture


  • Applicant must be a graduating senior from a Clatsop County School or home-schooled student who is planning to attend a community college, vocational/technical school or a four-year college or university, which will lead to a college degree, license, or certification.
  • The scholarship funds must be used for tuition, books, fees, and/or related expenses.
  • Once enrolled in this school you must send verification of school enrollment no later than one month after the first day of class. Funds will be sent directly to the school and deposited into your student account


  • A brief typed or written essay, no more than two pages in length (see essay questions on application)
  • A copy of your high school transcripts
  • Two letters of reference
    1. From a teacher or counselor
    2. From an employer or a community leader (scout leader, 4-H leader, youth group leader, etc.)

With the vision of enhancing our environment for generations, CCMGA endeavors to be the best source for quality gardening knowledge on the north coast.


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Astoria, OR 97103

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