The Kent Master Gardeners will award three $1,000 scholarships this year to students who have been a Kent County resident for at least two years prior to the application date and who are enrolled in, or have been accepted by, an accredited college or university to study plant and soil science or a horticulture related field.

The Master Gardeners raise the money for the scholarships at their annual plant sale, which is held annually on the last Saturday in April at the Delaware State University greenhouse.

To be eligible, the student must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and include a short essay of their education goals. Two letters of reference/recommendation from a non-relative must also be included. One academic reference is preferred. The applications will be judged on the GPA, the appropriateness of the field of study, leadership activities and community involvement. A personal interview may be requested at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is paid directly to the college or university.

Applications have been sent to area high schools, private schools, charter schools and area colleges with the Future Farmers of America. Further information and applications can be obtained from the University of Delaware Kent County Cooperative Extension Office, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover; or by calling 730-4000.

Applications must be postmarked by April 27.