The Ellis County Masters Gardeners have announced the creation of a scholarship and educational grant program.

“The community’s continued support of the Ellis County Master Gardeners annual Lawn and Garden Expo along with the generosity of our sponsors, has given us a great opportunity to expand our mission, that being horticultural education,” a spokesman said. “We expect to make 100 percent of the expo sponsorship money received available in the form of two college scholarships to community students pursuing horticultural education as well as horticultural education grants to our community schools and non-profit organizations.”

Grant requests will be reviewed and ranked then awarded for projects based on their value to horticultural education.

Requests may include funding projects for school gardens, plants, computer software, gardening supplies, greenhouse, horticultural books and other ideas.

Funds will also be used to support continued implementation of the Junior Master Gardener educational program in community schools.

Expo sponsorship opportunities are available to individuals and businesses wishing to support community horticultural education through the scholarship and grant programs. Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $1,000.

This year’s expo is set for Saturday, March 17, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

For additional information or to become an Expo sponsor, visit the Master Gardeners’ Web site at ecmga.com or call sponsorship chairmen James Kocian at (972) 814-0699 or Jamie Cosper at (214) 325-4619.