Sally Ditton Memorial Scholarship




In memory of Wyckoff Area Garden Club member Sally Ditton, a Scholarship Fund
was created in her name.  Each year an outstanding and deserving student enrolled in
the Master’s Degree program in the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture
will be chosen as the recipient of a $1500 scholarship. Applicants must be New Jersey
residents currently enrolled in the program.


Congratulations to Mark Hoopes,
recipient of the 2017 WAGC Sally Ditton Memorial Scholarship!


Mark received a B.S. at Virginia Tech in 2008 and will graduate in May 2018 with a
Masters of Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University.

Mark was chosen to receive the $1500 scholarship among an impressive group of applicants.

WAGC Scholarship Committee Chair Elizabeth Strauss stated, “We were most impressed by Mark’s credentials, his dedication to landscape architecture and his strong faculty recommendation.”

Rutgers Professor, Dean Cardasis commented in his letter of recommendation to WAGC, “It is important
that future landscape architects have a strong ecological sense (like Mark’s) not only to preserve
important natural 
resources, but to express them in the spacial experiences of people in such a way to
make us more aware of them … and ourselves. Mark’s appreciation of plant ecology is enriched by the
hands-on gardening experiences he has had.”

Mark is scheduled to attend our Fall Kick-off meeting* on September 13, 2017. Please join us to hear about Mark’s exceptional work at Rutgers, his future plans, and to congratulate him as the recipient of the 2017 Sally Ditton Memorial Scholarship.

*Wyckoff Public Library, 200 Woodland Ave., Wyckoff


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The deadline to submit an application was April 1, 2017. Applicants provided the following:

  • A completed application: WAGC Scholarship Application
  • A letter of recommendation from a member of the program faculty
  • A one-page (typed) essay describing the applicant’s background,
    relevant activities, current field of study as well as career goals
Note: The application is a PDF and can be opened and printed using Acrobat and Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher. 


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The 2016 recipient was Jacalyn Devalue.


WAG President Eileen Avia presents Jacalyn Devalue with a check for $1500 to continue her studies in Landscape Management.


Jacalyn DeValue was the recipient 2016 WAGC Sally Ditton Memorial Scholarship. Jacalyn is a graduate student at Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Studies. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Alfred University in 2013. She was also the recipient of the Garden Club of New Jersey Scholarship in 2016. Jacalyn received her Girl Scout Gold Star Award in 2009 where she planted and oversaw construction and plantings of a rain garden by fifteen volunteers. Today she is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Jacalyn received her Sally Ditton Memorial Scholarship award at the WAGC September 2016 meeting.