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Bladen MASTER GARDNER Volunteers Award Scholarships, Honor McLean

Christine Seme, left, member of the Scholarship Committee, presenting the Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers’ 2019 Scholarship to Callie Lewis. Anna Smith was not available.

Submitted by Mike Melvin, President, Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers

The Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers met Thursday for their regular monthly meeting and recognized two scholarship recipients for 2019 and honored Bruce McLean.

Callie Lewis, who attends West Bladen High School, and Anna Smith, who attends East Bladen High School, were presented $500 scholarships each. Both will be attending N.C. State University in the fall. Callie will be seeking a degree in Poultry Science and Anna in Crop and Soil Science/Agronomy.

Mike Melvin, right, Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers’ President, says “Thank You” to Bruce McLean, former Bladen County Extension Agent

The group also said “Thank You” to McLean. McLean is now working with Clemson University as an Horticulture Agent in South Carolina. Previously, Bruce was an Extension Agent with Bladen County and worked endlessly with the Volunteers, providing information, assistance and training.

The MASTER GARDNER Volunteer program is open to anyone wishing to become a MASTER GARDNER through the N.C. State certification program.

The main fundraising project is an annual plant sale which enables the organization to award two scholarships to students seeking degrees in Agriculture related studies.

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