Members of the Bar Harbor Garden Club gather July 17 to present the first Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Scholarship. From left, Wendy P. Dolliver, Kyffin Dolliver, scholarship recipient Chelsea Alley, Garden Club Scholarship Chair Thomas McIntyre, Garden Club President Dianne McMullan and Amy D. Young. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BAR HARBOR GARDEN CLUB

Dolliver scholarship

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Garden Club awarded the first Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Scholarship July 17 to Sumner High School graduate Chelsea Alley. The purpose of the scholarship is to offer financial aid to applicants who have a strong interest in farming and horticulture and are graduates of a Maine high school, with a preference for Mount Desert Island High School graduates.  The scholarship was established by the children of Peter Dolliver (1935-2015), in memory of their father, owner and operator of Deer Meadow Landscapes & Gardens in Manset.

In his later years, after his retirement, Dolliver found great happiness in tending his market garden, growing fruits and vegetables for appreciative recipients, and was particularly delighted to show young people the magic of growing things.

Alley, the first recipient of The Peter H. Dolliver Legacy Scholarship, was awarded a $500 Scholarship at a small gathering July 17. Members of the Dolliver family and Bar Harbor Garden Club were represented.

The members of the Dolliver family were delighted to offer this financial assistance and extended their hope that this bright and enthusiastic young woman will successfully inspire people to grow fresh and healthy food in their communities.

Alley is a resident of Winter Harbor. She has completed courses in conservation biology and food justice. Last year, she was the recipient of the Nell Goff Memorial Scholarship offered by the St. Croix District of the Garden Club Federation of Maine.

She has also interned at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and is a volunteer working with “Downeast Opportunities for Change” to establish a community garden in Winter Harbor.

Alley expects to graduate from Hollins University in 2019 with a degree in environmental and horticultural studies. Following graduation, she hopes to travel to the Midwest to promote the use of plants for food and medicine, and provide access to fresh healthy foods.

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