Brandon Garden Club
Landscape Management Scholarship
In Memory of Linda Ainsworth
Hinds Community College Development Foundation
The Brandon Garden Club (BGC) established the Brandon Garden Club Landscape Management Scholarship in 2002-2003 to honor the memory of Linda Ainsworth, who was a long time dedicated member of the Brandon Garden Club and avid gardener. In 2015 the BGC established an additional scholarship to honor Janet Fox McLaurin, BGC charter member and past president of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. The purpose of the BGC scholarships is to help further the education of landscape management students.
The Brandon Garden Club Landscape Management Scholarship will be awarded to students who meet the following criteria:
must be a resident of Rankin County with preference given to a graduate of Brandon High School
must be a sophomore enrolled as a full-time student in the Landscape Management Program at Hinds Community College
must have a 2.5 or better grade point average
must be free of any disciplinary problems
must attend the Scholarship Recognition Program held in the Fall
In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must submit to the Enrollment Management Office the following items prior to April 1st of each year:
a completed HCC Application for Scholarship
three letters of recommendation
a list of achievements
Hinds Community College transcript
a summary outlining why the student feels he or she should be considered for the scholarship (to include financial need)
The recipients of the scholarships will be selected by the District Scholarship Committee, which is appointed annually by the President of the College.
BRANDON GARDEN CLUB ESTABLISHES SCHOLARSHIP HONORING JANET MCLAURIN
Brandon Garden Club (BGC) has established a landscape management scholarship at Mississippi State University in memory of Janet Fox McLaurin to its impressive list of ongoing projects.
Brandon Garden Club, The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. (GCM), was organized and chartered in January 1952, the year after Mrs. McLaurin moved to Brandon following her marriage to John C. McLaurin. She has served as local president, GCM state president, and as National Convention Chairman for the National Garden Clubs, Inc. convention which was held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1968. She served as GCM radio/TV chairman, recording secretary, vice president, and State President from 1971-1973, and she has served continually on the state advisory board since that time. She served for nine years on the board of National Garden Clubs, Inc. She has participated in countless flower shows, landscape design schools, seminars, conventions, and board meetings during her years of active service.
Janet McLaurin and the late John C. McLaurin were the parents of three sons, John C. McLaurin, Jr., Sidney L. McLaurin, and Anselm (Anse) J. McLaurin. Janet was widowed in June 2004 but occupied herself with her many civic endeavors and especially with her six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Both Janet and her husband, John, came from politically active Mississippi families. Her uncle, Fuller Fox, was a member of Congress from Mississippi from 1897 until 1903, and her first cousin, General Fox Conner, was a mentor to General Dwight Eisenhower. John’s oldest great uncle, Anselm J. McLaurin, served as Governor of Mississippi from 1896 to 1900 and afterwards in the United States Senate from 1900 until his death in Brandon in 1909. John’s grandfather, Robert Sylvester McLaurin, served as district attorney for an area encompassing Rankin County for 20 years prior to his death in 1907. His youngest great uncle, Col. Sidney L. McLaurin, was State Bank Comptroller until his death in 1942. John's father, R. S. McLaurin, served as Mayor of Brandon for ten years. John himself entered into politics, serving as Mayor of Brandon from 1956 to 1960 and then serving in the Mississippi State Senate from Rankin and Smith Counties from 1960 to 1964. John, Jr. is continuing the family’s civic and political service as Chancery Judge, Place One, for Rankin County.
Pictured (l to r): Carol Gallagher, BGC Scholarship Chairman; Janet Fox McLaurin; Charla Jordan, BGC Past President.