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The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

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Category: Horticulture & Related Fields

The Katharine M. Grosscup
Scholarships in Horticulture


Purpose: To encourage the study of horticulture and related fields. 

History: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarship Fund was established in 1981 by Mrs. John Berdan, a member of the Garden Club of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It is in honor of her friend, Katharine MacConnell Grosscup, a talented gardener and enthusiastic conservationist who shared her knowledge with family, friends, and garden clubs.

Provisions: Provides several students annually with financial assistance of up to $3500 each.

Eligibility: Open to college juniors, seniors, or graduate students in horticulture or a related field, with preference given to students from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky, and Indiana.

To Apply: See application and information. Applications are accepted by mail only and must be received by January 10, 2015. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: From its inception until 1990, students were sought, screened, interviewed and chosen by a committee of members of the Garden Club of Cleveland and the Shaker Lakes Garden Club who consulted with the GCA Horticulture Committee. Currently, selection is by the Grosscup Scholarship Committee and is approved by the GCA Scholarship Committee.

Fund: The Katharine M. Grosscup Fund is managed by the GCA.

Contact: The Garden Club of America, attn: Scholarship Applications, 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1006. Phone: 212-753-8287, fax: 212-753-0134, email:

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Scholarship Opportunities Available

The GCA now offers 27 merit based scholarships, fellowships and awards in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines, botany, including medicinal and tropical, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.

In March of this year, 86 students and scholars were awarded over $300,000 to support a variety of academic endeavors ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research. Their study will take place in institutions across the nation and some will do field work around the world.

GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest.

Plant of the Year

Nominations for the Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Award will be accepted by the GCA Horticulture Committee between March 1st and Dec 1st for the following year.

Nominate a Plant - recognize a plant that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion.