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The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATES

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

History: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarship in Horticulture celebrates friendship and the love of gardening within the GCA. It was founded in 1981 by Margaret Evans Berdan, Garden Club of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in memory of her friend Katharine MacConnell Grosscup, a talented gardener, enthusiastic conservationist and active member of the Shaker Lakes Garden Club in Ohio.  The first chairman of the scholarship committee was Elizabeth Evans, Mrs. Berdan’s sister-in-law, a member of the Garden Club of Cleveland.  The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarship Committee continues to be jointly managed by three members of the Shaker Lakes Garden Club and three members of the Garden Club of Cleveland. 

Provisions: Awards up to $3,500 are paid directly to recipients in support of their education and research.

Eligibility: Open to rising college sophomores, juniors, seniors and Master’s degree candidates majoring in horticulture or related fields at institutions in IN, KY, MI, OH, PA or WV. Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. - based institution.

To Apply: See application and information. Applications are accepted electronically and must be received by January 8.  PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Applicants are screened, interviewed and selected by the Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarship Committee in Cleveland.  Selected candidates must be 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. For questions email grosscupscholarship@gmail.com AND  scholarshipapplications@gcamerica.org   

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Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships, awarding more than $330,000 to 86 scholars in 2017.

For example, The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Pollinator Fellowship annually funds one or more graduate students at $4,000 for study and research that advances the knowledge of pollinator science and increases the number of scientists in the field. Read more about the four 2017 recipients, doctoral students Michelle L. Fearon, ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Michigan; Kelsey E. Fisher, entomology, Iowa State University; Jonathan Giacomini, zoology, North Carolina State University; and Rachael E. Bonoan, Tufts University.

GCA Scholarships are available in medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.