The Belfast Garden Club has awarded its 2012 education scholarships to Jalen Babin of Unity and Erin Elizabeth Rollins of Lincolnville.

Jalen Babin led a productive high school career at Mount View High School, excelling in sports and academics, while also volunteering in many community activities. He was a member of all-academic teams in basketball and football, also played baseball, made honor roll all four years and was nominated for the National Honor Society. His volunteer work included the Homeless Youth Project, Unity Food Pantry and Wings of Love, as well as coaching youth basketball and football teams. Jalen will be attending Unity College to study parks and forest resources.

Erin Elizabeth Rollins achieved academic excellence while playing junior varsity softball, participating in Aldermere Achievers 4H Club and winning Girl Scout awards with troops 551 and 298. A committed community service volunteer, Erin has been on the Board of Outreach at First Congregational Church of Camden, a STAR Program Volunteer Instructor, an Honorary Page in the Maine House of Representatives, a Knox County Animal Rescue Team volunteer, and became an American Red Cross Certified Babysitter. Erin will be studying biology at Husson University.

The Belfast Garden Club congratulates the awardees on their strong high school careers and wishes them the best of luck in their future studies. Belfast Garden Club awarded each with a scholarship of $1,250.

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 at least one 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 funds for the scholarship are raised at the club’s annual Green Thumb Sale in May.