The Belfast Garden Club is pleased to award its 2011 education scholarship to Belfast Area High School graduate Kristina Kelly.

Kristina, who graduated third in her class, will be entering Maine Maritime Academy this fall. During her high school years she filled a very active extra curricular schedule participating in Ocean Bowl, JV and Varsity Softball, JV Basketball, One-Act Play, Peer Leadership, National Honor society, Five Town Communities Theatre, Lincolnville Boat Club and BVMC Downeast Mission Team.

Kristina also has been a roll model in the realm of community service, visiting residents at Tall Pines, and working at the soup kitchen at Belfast United Methodist Church.

“The main reason I chose studying at Maine Maritime was because of my passion for the environment, animals, the sea, outreach and making a difference,” Kristina wrote. “I have a life long dream of making a difference, especially involving the environment.”

The Club wishes her all the best as she sets out to accomplish her goals.

The Belfast Garden Club has promoted civic beautification and presented speakers to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening since 1929.

The Belfast Garden Club awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to a Waldo County high school graduate who is planning to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in conservation, ecology, horticulture, natural resources, sustainable agriculture or a related field.

The Belfast Garden Club is responsible for maintaining over 12 public gardens in the City. In 2010 a grant from the Golden Rule Foundation was used to improve the garden around the Chapel at the Grove Cemetery.

The Garden Club hosts the Open Garden Days all summer, and supports education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project, and its annual Education Scholarship. The Club’s monthly meeting and presentation is free and open to the public. The Club welcomes new members and volunteers year round.

For more information about The Belfast Garden Club visit belfastgardenclub.org.