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Garden Club of America 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. 

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NOTE: Our next application cycle for full scholarship awards is scheduled to open January 2021. 

Garden Scholar Categories

Applicants are limited to one application per review cycle. The current review cycle has closed and applicants will be notified by mid-March of their application status.  

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

The Bartlett Tree Research Scholarship
Scholarships for Annual Conference or regional 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 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 Kittleman Scholarship for Aspiring Public Garden Leaders
Scholarships for Annual Conference
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.

If wishing to be considered for this scholarship, please answer the following questions in your narrative:

What training have you sought out to improve your management and leadership skills over the past three years?
Of all the important leadership traits, what 5 are most important to you?
What specific staff management skills are you using that seem to be most effective?
What have you found to be your most effective skills and qualities for working with board volunteers?

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 Professional Development symposium or conference.