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Application Information

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. Some scholarships have specific additional criteria and/or considerations. Please be sure to review all criteria and follow instructions before indicating your interest in being considered for a particular scholarship.

4. 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. 

5. 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.