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Garden Scholar Categories

Applicants are limited to one application per review cycle.

Garden Scholars Fund
Scholarships for Annual Conference or regional symposia

Applicants are limited to one application within a calendar year. 

Garden Scholars Fund- Full Scholarships 
Scholarships for in-person Annual Conference or regional symposia 
when scheduled and funds available. Currently NOT OPEN 

Garden Scholars Fee Waiver Program- Full or Partial 
Registration waivers for virtual Annual Conference, symposia or select workshops 

Garden Scholar Fee Waiver Program  

About the Program 

In 2018 we introduced a Garden Scholars program providing full-package scholarships to attend in-person Symposia and the Annual Conference. Scholarships are 100% funded through gifts from individual members, corporate and institutional donors.  

The events of 2020 caused the Association to pivot to create a new, Virtual Professional Development Program featuring everything from a Lunch & Learn session to a full, multi-day Virtual Conference. Through a virtual platform we are now able to reach a greater number and diversity of our membership with professional development opportunities at all levels of learning. 

To that end, we have broadened our Garden Scholars program to include a virtual scholarship option in the form of Garden Scholar registration Fee Waivers for virtual workshops, Symposia, and Annual Conferences when they occur. These will be offered on an as-available basis to qualified applicants who are Members in good standing, and awarded strictly at the sole discretion of the Association. 

If you are interested in supporting a scholarship or underwrite a waiver for a member in financial need, please donate to the Garden Scholars Fund here, and thank you! 


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.