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Jun 09, 2022

Rumson Garden Club Awards Scholarship

Rumson Garden Club First Vice President Susan Olson and Annaliese Heidelberger

At its 2022 annual meeting held on May 17 at the Rumson Country Club Riverhouse, Rumson Garden Club (RGC), a member club of the Garden Club of America, awarded the Catherine B. Gonska Memorial Scholarship to Trinity Hall Senior Annaliese K. Heidelberger. The $2,500 scholarship is presented annually to a local high school student who plans to attend an accredited college and has demonstrated an interest in the area of horticulture, environmental studies, conservation, marine science or Earth science.

Applicants were required to write an essay outlining their interests and accomplishments, which should include academic studies and extracurricular activities. Among her many activities and service in the Two River community, Heidelberger spearheaded the planting of a pollinator garden on the grounds of Trinity Hall. 

“Every year, my school has a service day where every student gets assigned to do service at the school or in the local community,” she said. “During my junior year, as the leader of the Horticultural Club, I got to orchestrate the planting of an on-campus pollinator garden. This experience was very rewarding as I got to work with my fellow students to create a beautiful space for people and pollinators. Although it was hard work, seeing all the flowers and milkweed buds we planted come into bloom was very gratifying. After so much planning, we were able to turn a bare plot of land on a forgotten corner of the school lawn into a garden where students can take a break from academics and make a space where numerous species could thrive. Following the pandemic, it was especially joyous to share my love for gardening with other people. I feel like I’ve created a positive legacy.”

For more information about the Rumson Garden Club and the Catherine B. Gonska Scholarship, visit