This is the time of year when many college students and their parents are scrambling to fill out Federal Student Aid forms (FAFSA) as a way toward financing higher education.
If you have a budding student of your own or know of someone planning to study landscape design for instance, horticulture or forestry, botany, city planning or know a conservationist in the making, there are a number of local, state and institutional scholarships available which you can explore via your favorite search engine.
But for now, let’s just explore these two garden club scholarship generators—Garden Club of America and National Garden Clubs, Inc. There’s a wide array of career specialties acknowledged. Applying for this season will be a bit of a crunch, but keep these scholarship ideas in mind for the future as well.
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In their stewardship, the Garden Club of America sponsors aid and awards in the spirit of their mission “to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening . . . and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.”
They offer unique scholarships in the following categories. (I’ve indicated number of awards in each specialty): Award amounts vary, graduate vs. undergraduate status applies.
- Botany (5)
- Coastal Wetland Studies (1)
- Conservation & Ecological Restoration (2)
- Desert Studies (1)
- Garden History & Design (2)
- Horticulture & Related Fields (5)
- Landscape Architecture (1)
- Native Bird Habitat (1)
- Summer Environmental Study (4)
- Urban Forestry (1)
Click right here on this website link. It is an interesting read about the impetus and about the people who created each award foundation. Deadlines vary throughout the year.
National Garden Clubs, Inc. is proud of its college scholarship program which offers financial aid to students majoring in fields of study related to horticulture and the environment. Thirty-five advanced annual scholarships were awarded last year for the academic year of 2010-2011, each in the amount of $3,500. The next deadline is March 1, 2011. Applicants must be majoring in one of the following fields:
- Agronomy (producing and using plants for food, fuel, feed, fiber, and reclamation)
- Agriculture Education
- Landscape Design
- Botany, Biology
- Wildlife Science
- Plant Pathology/Science
- City (Rural & Urban) Planning
- Habitat or Forest/Systems Ecology
- Environmental Concerns (Management: environmental, horticulture resource/environmental behavior)
- Environmental Conservation (inc. Engineering, etc.)
- Land Management and/or other related or allied subjects
Click right here on this website link for information.
I invited Kathleen M. Thomas, National Garden Clubs, Inc. New England Regional Director to say a few words about their scholarship program. The review of applications must be inspiring. She comments:
“I am always amazed at the quality of students we get applications from. If this is our future generation, we are in good hands.”
A tremendous amount of work goes into preparing and reviewing applications, including scrutiny of the student’s course list. This helps them better pair and confirm that the award’s theme and the student’s academic direction are a good match.
Her biggest recommendation to applicants is to read the applications carefully and follow directions, read the selection criteria, arrange and follow through for supporting documents to be sent.
With NGC a point system is used with emphasis on academic record and applicant’s statement letter which would include information about the applicant’s background, future professional goals related to the scholarship field category and description of financial need.
Note: In the case of NGC, applications are mailed to State Garden Club Scholarship Chairmen per the state in which the applicant is a legal resident regardless of whether the school is in that state. With some exception for larger states, each State Garden Club Scholarship committee will select just one winning application with final judging and winners selected by the National Garden Clubs Scholarship Committee.
Best of luck!
Nancy R. Peck