Jay Donham, graduating senior at Gravette High School, was the recipient of a $1,500 Dorothy Wallace Scholarship Award. Jay will be attending the University of Arkansas Agriculture School starting in the 2015 Fall Semester. He was presented the Award by Incoming Scholarship Chairman, Virginia Halman at ceremonies on May 11, 2015.
The Dorothy Wallace Scholarships are named in memory of the Bella Vista Garden Club Past President who loved teaching and made many contributions to Bella Vista and our Garden Club. After completing extensive training in horticulture and design in Iowa she become a certified Judge for the National Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1968 and a Master Judge in 1978.
Dorothy moved to Bella Vista in 1988 from Iowa and immediately joined the Bella Vista Garden Club and served as President from 1993 to 1995. She was a founding member of the Floralia Arranger’s Guild Garden Club. As a rosarian and judge she shared her knowledge of design and gardening by teaching design classes, workshops and giving demonstrations. Her contributions to the Bella Vista Garden Club’s bi-annual Standard Flower Shows brought attention to floral designers in Northwest Arkansas.
Her enthusiasm and encouragement of the members lives on and the club’s Standard Flower Shows have won many State, Regional and National Awards. After being a member of a federated garden club in Iowa and in Arkansas for over 40 years, Dorothy passed away on December 18, 2001 at the age of 76.
Due to her love of teaching and the contributions she made to the Bella Vista Garden Club, the scholarship program was dedicated to her in 2002.