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Application Information

General Scholarship Information

The spring 2021 Garden Scholars – Full Scholarship application cycle has been suspended due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19 on in-person professional development events until at least July 2021. However, other opportunities are available between January and June, 2021 through Garden Scholars.

With the introduction of a Virtual Professional Development program, Members in good standing may apply for a Garden Scholar Fee Waiver for selected virtual events such as workshops, symposia, and the Annual Conference.

Garden Scholar Fee Waiver
How to apply 

NOTE: Applicants may not apply for more than one event waiver in a calendar year.  

We invite applicants to self-define reasons for the type of waiver requested and make a compelling case for the value/benefits to be gained from attending.  Criteria for consideration is 60% based on stated degree of individual and/or institutional financial need. Forty percent (40%) is based on value/benefit to be gained from the experience, and factors contributing to equity (diversity/inclusion/economic). We also take into consideration where on the spectrum of your professional career you are, and previous history of participation with Association events.  

Selection of waivers will be conducted by an internal staff committee with final recommendations approved by the Scholarship Committee. A total of 25 waivers will be awarded. Awardees will be notified within 10 days of closing of cycle, with a one-time use, nontransferable code for registration. We ask applicants to not pre-register for the event until final determination has been made. 

To begin your application, please go here

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.