Garden Scholar awards

A Garden Scholar Award package includes waived event registration and a stipend to cover hotel/travel/incidental costs for attending a regional symposium ($750) or the Annual Conference ($1,500). Garden Scholar Awards are 100% funded through gifts from individual members, corporate and institutional donors.

If you are interested in supporting a scholarship or underwrite a waiver for a member in financial need, you can do so by donating to the Garden Scholars Fund or contacting our Development team.

Winter Freeze

2024 Application Cycle

The Garden Scholar Awards Application is now open for our 2024 Education, Finance & Operations, and Plant Collections Symposia. Please review the requirements below in advance of applying. Applications are due by 11:59pm ET on July 1, 2024.

You can view the application and available awards here:

Priority Garden Scholar Member Segments:

  • Staff from member gardens or Individual Level Member holders 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, or have Entry Level Membership status with the Association with or without a member garden affiliation.

Applications are evaluated based on:

  • Strength of personal narrative
  • Strength of support letter for Garden Scholar applicant
  • Degree of individual and/or institutional financial need
  • Issues of equity – diversity/inclusion/economic

    Fellowship Opportunities

    Linda Milbourn Fellowship

    The Linda Milbourn Fellowship in Landscape Architecture

    The 2023 Application cycle is now closed.
    The Linda Milbourn Fellowship in Landscape Architecture will provide financial assistance for a promising student pursuing a graduate degree in landscape architecture with a distinct connection to public gardens. Graduate students of Landscape Architecture will discover the impact their own vision can have on public gardens and future generations of visitors. Those awarded this Fellowship will, like Linda, bring their visions to life in connecting plants and people.

    2023 Recipient: Scout Kerensky-Coodley, The City College of New York – The Trust for Governors Island

    2022 Recipient: Robert Castelo, University of Idaho – University of Idaho Botanical Garden & Arboretum

    2021 Recipient: Jessica Fegley, Penn State University – Winterthur

    Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship Award

    The 2024 Application cycle is now closed, applications for the 2025 award will open in fall 2024.
    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.

    Past Recipients

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    Past scholar recipients