The Belfast Garden Club has awarded its two annual scholarships to Zachary Beaudry of Searsport and Caleb Lord of Winterport. They will each receive $1,000.
Beaudry will be a junior at the University of Maine Orono in the fall. He is studying Wildlife Ecology with a concentration in wildlife science and management. For the past five summers, he has worked with the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed, helping to combat invasive plants in the watershed's lakes and strea ms. He said a particular concern is variable-leaf water milfoil, a non-native plant that crowds out native vegetation and clogs waterways.
Beaudry has been the head diver, weeding the invasive plants by their roots from the lake sediment. In four years, Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed have removed over 45,000 gallons of unwanted plants. Beaudry is also an undergraduate technician in the entomology lab/research program at U Maine.
Lord of Winterport is a recent graduate of Hampden Academy and will attend the University of Maine at Orono, majoring in Ecology and Environmental Sciences with a concentration on renewable energy. He was on the honor roll all four years of high school; he was also on the cross county team all four years, serving as a captain in his senior year. He broke the Hampden Academy two-mile record. For the past two years, he was also on the indoor and outdoor track teams, earning a varsity letter in both. Lord said he hopes that by focusing on renewable energies, he can tie this back to Maine's ecology, agriculture and overall environmental science with a fact-based approach that allows for sustainability while growing Maine's agriculture.
The Belfast Garden Club provides two scholarships a year to Waldo County students going into earth-friendly fields. It raises money through its annual Green Thumb Plant Sale and its Open Garden Days, which run most Fridays from June to August.