The Howey-in-the-Hills Garden and Civic Club awards two scholarships each year, they are:

Gail Gross Scholarship

The Howey-in-the-Hills Garden and Civic Club awards the Gail Gross Memorial Scholarship to any high school student from Lake County with financial need, interested in attending Lake Sumter State College.

The program offers $800 per semester for a full-time student or $400 per semester for two part-time students, assisting with the cost of tuition and books. To maintain this scholarship, the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA.

For more information, contact Lake Sumter State College Foundation at 352-365-3518 or go to

About Gail Byrd Gross
1944 – 2009

Gail Byrd Gross

Gail Byrd Gross

Gail Gross joined the Howey Garden and Civic Club in the early 2000’s and was immediately drawn to working with the club’s Community Service and Welfare committee because of her sincere concern for those less fortunate. Her compassion for others drew her up through the club’s ranks to 1st Vice President and then to President-Elect. Her commitment to helping others remained constant throughout her life.

In honor of her giving spirit, the scholarship fund was aptly named.

Howey-in-the-Hills Garden and Civic Club Scholarship

The Howey Garden and Civic Club provides scholarships for one or two students each year who have aged out of foster care under the Kids Central program, but continue into Independent Living/Adult Care. Those who wish to further their education in technical or academic areas may apply for the scholarship.

Each winter, Independent Living young adults, who are pre-selected by their Kids Central counselors, are considered as candidates for our scholarship. They provide a short synopsis of their backgrounds and explain how they would best use the scholarship funds. From these letters, students are awarded scholarships in the spring through Kids Central, Inc. and our club.