Life Member Group

RIFGC Life Member Group

Founded in 1956, the Life Member Group’s mission is to develop scholarship funds for students enrolled in accredited collegiate programs in horticulture, landscape design, environmental science and related subjects.  Scholars must live within the areas served by the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., and be in good standing as students in their junior, senior or post graduate years. The first scholarship was awarded in 1957.

The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs is a Member of the National Garden Clubs which also awards scholarships.  All applicants for the Life Member Group Scholarship are strongly encouraged to also complete the application/information forms for the National Garden Club $4,500 Scholarship. One Rhode Island applicant will be selected from this year’s Life Member Group  application pool to compete for a National Garden Club Scholarship.

LMG Working Rules Revised 2018

Chairperson, Life Member Group
Blakely Szosz


To apply for Life Member Group membership, please send a LMG Membership Application Form 2023-2025 and check to the Membership Chairman (see below) with the following information:  Name of Applicant, Address, Telephone, E-mail, and Garden Club.  Membership in a garden club is not required for Life Member Group. There is a one-time fee of $100 for membership.  There are no annual dues.

For info on the National Garden Clubs Life Member Group, please click here.


Life Member Group Scholarship Chairman
Sandra Jack
36 Ingleside Avenue, Cranston, RI  02905


Scholarships are restricted to legal residents of R.I. and nearby Massachusetts. Please note that the student may attend any accredited college/university in the United States. College sophomores through graduate students are eligible to apply. Scholarships, based on need and academic standing, will be given to outstanding students majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, botany, plant pathology, forestry, agronomy, environmental concerns, city planning, land management and/or allied subjects.  A 3.0 GPA or higher is required.

RIFGC Life Member Executive Committee

Chairperson:  Blakely Szosz, (Barrington Garden Club)

Vice- Chair:  Linda Alves, (Western Cranston Garden Club)

Treasurer: Paul Nunes, (Edgewood and Rehoboth Garden Club)

Secretary:  Debra McCartin, (Western Cranston Garden Club)

Membership:  Paula Munko, (Western Cranston Garden Club)

Ex-Officio:  Cathy Moore, (Gardeners of Westerly)