Southwestern College

Here are all the clubs, societies, associations, and businesses that support our students.

Bonita Valley Garden Club

The Bonita Valley Garden Club was founded in 1972 and has about 80 members. Our aim is to keep the Bonita area beautiful by protecting native plants and wildlife, stimulating interest in good gardening, and promoting garden club activities. 

Our club meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month from September through June. Our meetings are open to the public. 


Past Scholarship Winners:

2016
Joshua Becerra - Marge Greer Award
LeToya Jackson
Lucretia Trapero-Fabrega

2015
Jaime Morales
Paul Wunsch

2014
Michael Donovan McAtamney
Florentino Quisay

2013
Vickie Lavinia Traylor
Angeline Gilliam

2012
Daniel Tirado
Eliana Uretsky

2011
Jenee Mowlem
Edee Johnson

2010 
Michelle Kriz 
Jose Ton 

2009 
Andrea Aviles 
Steve Kaiser 

2008 
Anna Murillo 
Adriana Montalvo 

2007 
Alex Garcia 

2006 
Juan Bonilla 
Michael Waters 

2005 
Ana Lidia Flores 
Jody Anne Rosillo 

2004 
Helios Trujillo 
Michael Waters 

2003 
Carey Worthy 
Maria Arreola 

2002 
James Jackson 
Jennifer Hendricks 

2001 
Mike Curtis 
Alma Ramirez 

2000 
Richard Zasueta 

1999 
Connie Mohr 
Kathy Rollins 

1998 
Raychael Fowler 
Greg Lerma 

1997 
Greg Lerma 

1996 
Alain Scott 

Chula Vista Garden Club 

Established in 1946 

Club Objectives 
• To create, promote and expand interest in amateur gardening; with a special appreciation of the natural beauty of our city. 

Club Activities 
• Horticulture workshops 
• Share the bounty of our gardens 
• Field Trips to see other area gardens. 

The Chula Vista Garden Club meets the third Thursday of each month (excluding July and August) Our meetings start at 10:30 am at Norman Park Center 270 F Street (downtown) Chula Vista 91910

Past Scholarship Winners:

2016
Melissa Padilla

2015
Joshua Becerra

2014
Angeline Gilliam
Tanya Carbajal

2013
Vickie Lavinia Traylor
Mark Valen

2012
Noemi Garcia
Kevin Reese

2011
Jose Ivan Ramos
Catalina Flores

2010 
Susana Cervantes 
James Eldred 

2009 
Manuel Alvarez 
Peggy Romero 

2008 
Edith Johnson 

2007 
Hope Young 
Yovanka Bonales 

2006 
Christina Nordfelt 

2005 
Joel Lerma 

2004 
Hyelim Lee 
Jennifer Hendricks 

2003 
Marilyn Huckle 

2002 
Eduardo Arana 
Mike Curtis 
Alicia Avila 

2001 
Kathy Rollins 

2000 
Roberto Canedo, Jr. 

1999 
Martha Beljean 
Raychael Fowler 

1998 
Larry Peters 
Gloria Wilson 

1997 
Sandra Walden 

1996 
Connie Mohr 
Valarie Yates 

1995 
Rebecca Engel 
Greg Lerma 

1994 
Carolyn Harte 
Larry Thomas

City Farmers Nursery

A family-owned business since 1972, City Farmers Nursery offers scholarships to deserving students with an interest in learning the nursery trades.  Bill Tall, owner of City Farmers Nursery, has been instrumental in providing funds for scholarships to Southwestern College and other San Diego Community Colleges that teach horticulture programs.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2016
LeToya Jackson
Joshua Becerra

2014
Wyatt Hayes

Hunter Industries

Hunter Industries is a world recognized manufacturer of irrigation products for residential, commercial, and golf course landscapes.  Located nearby in San Marcos, Hunter Industries supports local college and university students who have a desire to learn proper irrigation design, installation, and maintenance.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2014
Jeff Kuebler

2011
Erik Von Koehe

2009
Florentino Quisay

2008
Angel Carrasco

2005
Chris Thurber

2004
Chris Thurber

2003
Eduardo Munguia

2002
James Jackson

2001
Roberto Canedo, Jr.

1998
Bernice Rosales

1997
Rick Pion

1996
Richard Miller
Mary Mee

La Jolla Garden Club

Founded in 1968, the La Jolla Garden Club serves the San Diego community through civic projects, interest in good gardening, landscaping, flower arranging, protecting native plants and wildlife. The La Jolla Garden Club provides funds for a national re-forestation program and scholarships for local horticulture students.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2016
Joshua Becerra

2014 
Lucretia Trapero-Fabrega

2013
Lucretia Trapero-Fabrega

2012
Irma Sofia Poeter

2011
Britta Kuhlow

2010 
Eric Von Koehe 

2009 
Fernando Bedolla 

2008 
Carey Worthy 
Andrea Aviles 

2007 
Debra Inman 
Noriko Mochida 

2006 
Karla Buenrostro 
Ana Lidia Flores 

2005 
Mary Young 
Patricia Miyamoto 

2004 
Hyelim Lee 

2003 
Michelle Landis 

2002 
Michael Waters 

2001 
Ted Howse 
Ivica Horvat 

2000 
Kathy Rollins 

1999 
Martha Beljean 
Kathy Rollins 

1998 
Connie Mohr 

1997 
Valarie Yates 

1996 
Alain Scott 

1995 
Mary Mee 

1994 
Greg Leutticke

LNT Instructor's Award

The LNT Instructor's Award provides scholarships to deserving students, with goal of rewarding new students in the program who show exeptional promise and hard work.  This award is funded by the entire teaching faculty of the Landscape and Nursery Technology program.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2015
Paula Hildebrandt

2014 
Lucretia Trapero-Fabrega

2013
Pauline Moody

2012
Julio Garcia

2008
Tracey Walz

2004
Leo Padilla

2003
Jennifer Hendricks

2001
Maria Arreola

1997
Connie Mohr

1994
Maria Castillo

Mission Hills Garden Club

We are a group of neighbors and friends with an interest in gardening and community aesthetics. We welcome all horticulturalists-at-heart to come to our meetings to get to know us. Most of our members live in and around Mission Hills, but please feel free to join us from farther away.

Besides our monthly meetings, we have many members' events throughout the year. Coffee in the Garden, Wine in the Garden, field trips and workshops round out our offerings. Our biggest annual event is the Garden Walk, held on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. It is our major fundraiser, and its proceeds go to fund the following among others:

• 4 horticultural scholarships at San Diego community colleges
• Financial support to The San Diego River Foundation
• Succulent baskets on Lewis Street
• Hanging baskets in the commercial area of Washington, Goldfinch, and Falcon streets
• Update of the playground equipment in Pioneer Park
• Financial support to the San Diego Urban Tree Club
• Annual grant to fund the horticultural section of the Mission Hills library
• Annual grant to Grant School's Gecko Garden
• Painting of the mural on Reynard Way
• Financial support to Olivewood Gardens

Past Scholarship Winners: 

2016 
Melissa Padilla

New Way Landscape and Tree Service

New Way Landscape was one man, Randy Newhard, with one truck, and one dream...to build a company. Today, New Way is the result of the fruits of his labor with more than 75 trucks and over 200 employees - and still growing! New Way provides landscape services in San Diego County, Riverside County, and Orange County.  New Way also provides a yearly scholarship to a person pursuing a career in the landscape maintenance field.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2014
Jeff Kuebler
Wyatt Hayes

2013
Alan Canedo

2010
Gilberto Gallindo

2009
Fernando Bedolla

2008
Tracey Walz

2007
Jesus Araiza

2006
Erik C

Point Loma Garden Club

The Point Loma Garden Club is a group of fun-loving people who like to garden and create floral arrangements. We welcome all horticulturalists-at-heart to come to our meetings and to get to know us. Most of our members live in and around Point Loma, but please feel free to join us from farther away. 

The Point Loma Garden Club meets to discuss topics of interest to hobbyist and professional gardeners. Activities include speakers, plant sales and sharing, craft-making, field trips, and social gatherings.

The Point Loma Garden Club is proud to provide scholarships to local community college students interested in gardening, community gardens, and helping the needy.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2014 
Jose Ivan Ramos Aguilar

2013
Jose Ivan Ramos Aguilar

2011
Patricia Munoz

2010 
Yitsel Hernandez

2007
Andrea Aviles

2006
Debra Inman

2004
Carey Worthy

Rain Bird Corporation

A privately held company founded in 1933, Rain Bird Corporation is the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings, Rain Bird has offered the industry’s broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world.

Rain Bird Corporation offers scholarships to two year and four year college students who have a career goal related to the sprinkler and irrigation industry.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2014
Wyatt Hayes

2013
Jose Ivan Ramos Aguilar

2012
Alan Canedo

2011
Micheal Donovan McAtamney

2010
Daniel Tirado

2008
Florentino Quisay
Hector Rios-Silva

2007
Carlos Ssnchez
Jesus Araiza

2006
John Yamauchi
Jose Lopez

2004
Eddie Arana

2003
Richard Zasueta

2002
Kathy Rollins

2001
Quito Barajas

1999
William Overstreet

1998
Jeremie Baird

1997
Rick Pion

1996
Cesar Gomez

1994
Richard Miller
Larry Thomas

San Diego CAN Award

The San Diego Chapter of the California Association of Nurserymen donated over $100,000 to the Southwestern College Foundation to set up a perpetual scholarship for students primarily interested in the nursery and plant production fields.  This chapter is no longer in existence but is proud to provide these funds for students now and in the future.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2016
LeToya Jackson
Nicol Avery

2014
Kathy Thomas

2013
Damon Monyer
Wyatt Hayes

2012
Wyatt Hayes

2011
Michelle Kriz

2010
Christina Nordfelt

2009
Krista Peace
Fernando Bedolla
Andrea Aviles
Alicia Maldonado
Florentino Quisay

2008
Noriko Mochida
Adam Alcantara

2007

2006
Juan Bonilla

2005
Patricia Miyamoto

2004
Jennifer Hendricks
Carey Worthy

2003
Marilyn Huckle
Maria Arreola

2002
Jennifer Hendricks
Mike Curtis

2001
Ted Howse

1999
Raychael Fowler
Marty Beljean

1998
Rick Pion

1997
Rick Pion
Valerie Yates
Curtis Johnson

1996 
Valerie Yates
Mary Mee

1994
Carolyn Harte
Greg Luetticke

San Diego Floral Association

The San Diego Floral Association is sponsored by the San Diego Park and Recreation Department. 
Founded in 1907, it is the oldest garden club in Southern California and the first organization allowed to occupy quarters in Balboa Park.

The San Diego Floral Association presents a scholarship each year to a local college student studying a horticulture-related curriculum. 

Roland K. Hoyt, FASLA (Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects) was a landscape architect and author of Ornamental Plants for Subtropical Regions, first published in 1938. This book remains a major reference volume for landscape architects and horticulturists in Southern California. 

Roland Hoyt's most famous projects were the designs for Mission Bay and Presidio Parks. He was a leader in San Diego garden design and in the introduction of new plants for use in this area. He served as both a writer and editor of California Garden, and was a strong supporter of San Diego Floral. 

Ethel Hoyt encouraged the development of flower arranging in San Diego. She personally arranged for many instructors to give lessons for the Association. She was one of the first nationally accredited Flower Show Judges and was instrumental in forming the Flower Arrangers Guild and the Judges Council. 

The scholarship is given in Ethel and Roland's name. Proceeds from reprints of the Hoyt book help fund the Hoyt Scholarship.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2016
Lucretia Trapero-Fabrega

2015
Wyatt Hayes

2013
Mark Valen
Pauline Moody

2012
Pauline Moody
Jose Ivan Ramos

2011
Lisa Jaquinto
Alicia Ximena Maldonado

2010
Noemi Garcia
Britta Kuhlow

2009
Noriko Mochida
Dania Ocampo

2008
Edith Johnson
Angel Carrasco

2007
Jodi Rosillo
Carlos Sanchez

2003
Jennifer Hendricks

2002
Richard Zasueta
Michelle Landis

2001
Kathy Rollins

San Diego County Flower and Plant Association

The San Diego County Flower and Plant Association is a trade organization comprised of over 200 commercial flower and potted plant growers in San Diego County and their allied trade companies. Since 1947, the Association has worked to promote and inform its members, as well as to provide representation for the common good of the floriculture industry. 

Our San Diego County's farmers rank number one in both California and the nation in production value nursery, floriculture and avocados. In addition, the perfect climate here allows growers to produce a wide variety of other floriculture crops. This variety includes crops such as cut flowers and cut foliage, indoor flowering plants and green foliage plants, cactus and succulents, bedding plants, bulbs, sod, landscape trees and shrubs, fruit trees, herbs, and cut Christmas trees. 

The San Diego County Flower & Plant Association has presented their scholarship award annually since 1975 to deserving students who are studying floriculture at an accredited college or university. Our goal is to encourage young people to pursue a floriculture career in California and more specifically in San Diego County. 

In 2001, the name of our scholarship fund was dedicated to Marilu Johnson to now be named the Marilu Johnson Scholarship Fund.

Past Scholarship Winners:

(coming soon)

San Diego Horticultural Society

The San Diego Horticultural Society sprang from modest seeds sown in 1994 by our founders Don and Dorothy Walker, Steve Brigham, Diana Goforth, Laurie Bussis, Bill and Linda Teague, Adele Snyder and Kathy Musial. Their vision was to establish a friendly group of garden enthusiasts from beginners to skilled professionals to get together and share information and the joy of gardening. Our first meeting was held at San Diego Botanic Garden (then named Quail Botanical Gardens). 

We grew so quickly that in just two months we had to find a larger meeting space. SDHS now has over 1300 members, and our monthly meetings are held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. 

SDHS sponsors three $1000 scholarships to students enrolled in horticultural programs at local community colleges.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2016
Joshua Becerra

2015
Wyatt Hayes

2014
Lucretia Trapero-Fabrega

2013
Eduardo Palmerin

2012
Michael Donovan McAtamney

2011
Jose Ton

2010 
Fernando Bedolla 

2009 
Krista Peace 

2008 
Debra Inman 

2007 
Rosa Dominguez 

2006 
Wayne Zarling 

2005 
Chris Thurber 

2004 
Eddie Munguia 

2003 
Michael Waters 

2002 
Michelle Landis 

2001 
Ted Howse

South Bay Botanic Garden Award

Established in 2008, the South Bay Botanic Garden at Southwestern College presents a scholarship award to the student that most exhibits the spirit of community involvement and volunteerism.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2015
Jeffrey Kuebler

2014
Angeline Gilliam

2013
Eliana Uretsky

2012
Alejo Rosete

2011
Jenee Mowlem

The Garden of Giving Award

The Garden of Giving endowment campaign was designed to benefit students of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering (MSE) in the following areas: Biology and Biotechnology; Engineering; Horticulture; Mathematics and Computer Science; and Physical Science. 

The “Garden of Giving” is a nature trail that winds its way through the walkways of the Southwestern College Campus. Unique trees and shrubs along the trail have been selected to receive identification in the form of an elegant bronze plaque. With a donation of $1,000, individuals can personalize the plaque of one of the trees or shrubs along the walkway in recognition of friends or family.

Past Horticulture Scholarship Winners:

2014
Lucretia Trapero-Fabrega

2013
Alan Canedo

2012
Britta Kuhlow

2011
Maria Christina Nordfelt

2009
Maria Christina Nordfelt

2008
Krista Peace

2006
Debra Inman

2005
Jennifer Hendricks

2004
Hyelim Lee

Toro Irrigation

As a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions, Toro helps customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields.

Toro Irrigation provides scholarships in both 2 year and 4 year universities and colleges for students interested in the horticultural trades, with an emphasis on landscape irrigation.

Past Scholarship Winners:

2007
Ellen Landfear

2006
Hiroko Ida

2005
Chris Thurber

2004
Michael Waters

1999
Richard Zasueta
Zac Boisoneau

1998
Rick Pion

1997
Cesar Gomez

1996
Torlorf Finley

Last updated: 6/28/2017 5:40:17 PM