Scholarship winner to study turf management

Scholarship winner to study turf management

Kensington Garden Club has awarded a Berlin High School student a scholarship since 1991. This is one of the club’s largest contributions to the community, made possible through fundraising and public support. The selected senior needs to display an interest in pursuing a career in conservation, environmental control, horticulture or similar fields of study. Selection is made based on academic achievement in the related fields and instructor recommendations.

The Kensington Garden Club is proud to announce that Neil Tighe is its 2020 recipient.

Tighe has earned honor roll academic achievements and varsity athletic awards in lacrosse. He has also particpated in several volunteer efforts in town.

An avid outdoorsman, Tighe enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. He will be attending the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture at UConn in the fall, majoring in turf management.

Tighe will learn about building turf plots from seed using a variety of grass species. He will also learn about insect and weed identification, pest management practices, how to install turfgrass irrigation systems and how to perform related maintenance operations.

Tighe’s interest in this field of study was ignited by a horticulture class at Berlin High School and his work experience at Guilford Lakes Golf Course and Shuttle Meadow Golf Course.

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