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Garden Scholars Program

The Association’s Garden Scholars Program offers two cycles per year for Institutional Members, at any level of their professional development, to apply for scholarship assistance to attend an Annual Conference or Professional Development symposium.

Scholarships cover registration and reimbursement of travel, hotel and related attendance costs (up to $650 for Symposium, $1,500 for Annual Conference).

Scholarships are funded through contributions by our Members. If you have benefited from a scholarship to further your professional career, please consider donating to support a future Garden Scholar!

Learn more about our Scholars and future opportunities:
2018 Fall Application Cycle Closed
General Scholarship Information
Scholarship Categories
Garden Scholars Program Contributors
Garden Club of American Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship Award

2018 Fall Application Cycle Now Closed

From the Ground Up - Keeping Horticulture Alive through Grounds and Infrastructure Management
October 9-12, Tulsa, OK and Bentonville, AR

Collect. Cultivate. Curate.
Excellence in Plant Collections Management

October 16-18, Vancouver, Canada

Grow Your Garden
Development and Membership Symposium
February 27-March 1, Atlanta, GA

Read more about our 2018-19 Symposia here.

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General Scholarship Information

Scholarship awards will be applied towards reimbursable hotel/travel and related costs to attend a regional symposium (max. $650) or Annual Conference ($1,500). 

Priority Scholarship Member Segments:

  • Staff from member gardens at one of these specific stages on their roadmap to professional development:
    • Intern/Recent Intern
    • Entry-level/Career launch
    • Mid-level management
    • Aspiring or emerging leaders
  • 1st time attendee to an Association symposium or Annual Conference
  • Students currently enrolled in a university program who have/had an existing internship or paid work affiliation with a member garden

Consideration is given to:

  • Degree of individual and/ or institutional financial need
  • Issues of equity - diversity/inclusion/economic
  • Institutional Members employed by smaller-budget ($1.5M and under) gardens
  • Strength of institutional support for scholarship applicant

Application Criteria and Considerations:

1. All applicants must be employed by, or serve in an intern capacity with, a member garden in good standing with the Association.

2. Some scholarships have specific additional criteria and/or considerations. Please be sure to review all criteria and instructions before applying for any scholarship program to ensure eligibility.

3. Applications must be accompanied by all of the following:

  • A current resume or CV
  • A 300-word narrative from the applicant stating rationale for seeking a scholarship opportunity demonstrating the applicant's interest in furthering his or her professional skills through attendance at a chosen conference or symposium. [Note: The Kittleman Scholarship application outlines more specific narrative considerations. These may be found on the application form.]
  • A reference letter signed by the member garden's chief executive indicating support for the applicant's leadership, scholarship need, and potential success in the field of public garden management.
  • A headshot to be used in publication if you are awarded a scholarship.

4. Only one scholarship application per person per application cycle will be considered.

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Scholarships Categories

Applicants are limited to one application per review cycle and must apply to one scholarship category only per cycle.

Garden Scholars Fund
Scholarships for Annual Conference or regional symposia
number awarded dependent on funds available.

The Leichtag Scholarship

Scholarships for Annual Conference or regional symposia.
Open to:

  • Students currently enrolled in a horticulture or related area of study who have/had an existing internship or paid work affiliation with a member garden; OR
  • Staff members working in horticulture or a related area for a member garden with not less than one (1) or more than three (3) years of experience
  • Priority given to underrepresented/underserved applicants from Southern California, especially from San Diego County. However, applicants from throughout Association membership will also be considered.

The Longwood Fellows Program Scholarship

Scholarships for Annual Conference or regional symposia.
Open to:

  • Staff members working in the field of public horticulture for a member garden with not less than three (3) or more than five (5) years of related work experience; and

  • First-time attendees of the American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference or Professional Development symposium.


The Bartlett Tree Research Scholarship

Two scholarships to attend 2018-19 Fall Cycle symposia
Open to:

  • Students or staff members working in/on horticulture and/or arboriculture (preferred; but not required) at a member garden for less then 3 years; and who will be
  • First-time attendees to an Association conference or symposium

The Kittleman Scholarship for Aspiring Public Garden Leaders

Not available for the Fall 2018 Cycle
Open to:

  • Individuals with at least seven (7) years of previous work experience in a public garden or related field, and currently employed by a Member Institution; and
  • Aspirations to lead or direct a public garden in the future.


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2018 Garden Club of American Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship Award

A fellowship/grant opportunity offered in partnership with the Garden Club of America
The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture will award up to a $5,000 grant to a student enrolled in a graduate-level university program to study public horticulture through experiential learning that takes place at a recognized public garden, botanic garden, arboretum, or other closely aligned public horticulture institution in the United States. 

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Recipient:

Olivia Caillouet
Master's Candidate, University of Arkansas - Agricultural and Extension Education

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