Annually, the Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island awards a college scholarship to a Marco Island Academy (MIA) senior who is interested in or pursuing studies in the environment, horticulture, or conservation.
Recently, Marianne Foley, the Calusa Garden Club’s scholarship chairperson, presented a $700 check for college expenses to Joseph Politi, Jr., this year’s scholarship winner.
Although Joseph is not planning to study horticulture, agriculture, or conservation, he showed an interest in the environment by working on a project that conserved water and helped the garden environment at MIA. Joseph participated in the advanced engineering class that designed and installed an automatic watering system for MIA’s vegetable and flower garden.
This fall, Joseph will attend Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida, where he plans to study mechanical engineering.