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Application Information

General Scholarship Information
The Spring 2020 Scholarship Application Cycle is now open through February 7, 2020. Scholarships are available for the Finance and Operations Symposium in April and the Annual Conference in June. Apply here.

Scholarship awards will be applied towards reimbursable hotel/travel and related costs to attend a regional symposium (max. $650) or Annual Conference (max. $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.Please be sure to review all criteria and instructions before applying for any scholarship to ensure eligibility.

2. Named scholarships have specific additional criteria and/or considerations. If you wish to be considered for one of these scholarships, please indicate in the application which scholarship and why. 

3. We strongly suggest that you pre-register for symposia or other events as soon as possible to guarantee your attendance. Only a limited number of scholarships are available. Applying for scholarship does not guarantee an available registration space if you are not selected. Symposia often have limited capacity and may sell out before registration deadlines and/or scholarship eligibility notifications. 

4. 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. Please adhere to the word count and include any additional narrative instructions included with a named scholarship as indicated.
  • A reference letter signed by the member garden's chief executive indicating support for the applicant's leadership, financial need, and potential success in the field of public garden management.
  • A headshot to be used in publication if you are awarded a scholarship.

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

6. Applicants having received a past Garden Scholars scholarship (general or named) must wait 12 months from the time of their last application to be eligible to re-apply (e.g., spring cycle to spring cycle).

7. The number of scholarships available to be awarded in any given cycle is determined by the funds available through contributions to the Garden Scholars Fund. We will make every effort to publish the available number of scholarships at the beginning of each cycle application window.