Thursday, December 18, 2014



Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

Past scholarship recipients Catalina Avila (left) and Nicolas Rivers (right) With Dr. James Vaughn (center)


Coral Gables, FL, December 18, 2014Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has received continued support from the Vaughn-Jordan Foundation to support the James Vaughn Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarships are offered to deserving students who participate in The Fairchild Challenge, Fairchild’s award-winning multidisciplinary environmental science competition that reaches more than 125,000 students each year. The scholarship program was established to offer students who are interested in botanical and horticultural science the opportunity to study biology, ecology, or environmental science at Florida International University or the University of Miami.


“Support from the Vaughn-Jordan Foundation will allow us to continue to offer a competitive scholarship program for talented, underserved high school students who participate in The Fairchild Challenge,” said Amy Padolf, Director of Education at Fairchild.


The Vaughn-Jordan Foundation has supported The Fairchild Challenge for the past three years and the new grant will support the program for an additional four years. The Lewis Vaughn Memorial Scholarship is the first scholarship established for high school participants of The Fairchild Challenge. It has been awarded to outstanding students from under-resourced communities who are nominated by their teachers based on academic performance in biological and environmental sciences.


For more information, please visit The Fairchild Challenge webpage or call 305-667-1651 ext. 3356.


About The Fairchild Challenge
Offered free of charge by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, The Fairchild Challenge is an award-winning, multidisciplinary environmental science  outreach program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Designed as a competition that appeals to students’ intellectual curiosity, the Fairchild Challenge encourages students to appreciate the beauty and value of nature and learn about environmental issues, to research possible solutions and evaluate them critically, to modify their own behavior and to become actively engaged citizens. It currently involves more than 125,000 students from more than 270 schools including global satellite partners.


About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit 



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