Category: Summer Environmental Study
FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Purpose: To encourage studies and careers in the environmental field, with the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience beyond the regular course of study.
History: To honor Elizabeth Gardner Norweb, ardent conservationist and GCA President from 1979 to 1981, Mrs. Edward K. Poor, Mrs. Walter Marting, and Mrs. Jerome F. Page spearheaded the creation of a fund to establish this scholarship. Mrs. Norweb’s family and friends from across the country quickly responded with contributions, including special support from Shaker Lakes Garden Club, Little Garden Club of Columbus, and the Garden Club of Cleveland. The first recipient was awarded $1500 from the still-growing fund in 2004. The completed corpus for the scholarship was realized a year later, providing the basis for a continuing Norweb scholar.
Provisions: Provides financial assistance of $3000 to one student annually for field work, research, or classroom work in the environmental field. (Award amounts were increased from $1500 in 2007.) Work may award academic credit but should be in addition to required courses.
Eligibility: Open to college undergraduates for summer study following the freshman, sophomore, or junior year.
To Apply: See application and instructions. Applications must be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 10 preceding the summer of study. Note that applications for this scholarship, the Mary T. Carothers Scholarship, the Clara Carter Higgins Scholarship, and the GCA Awards for Summer Environmental Studies are considered together. Interested students should submit only one application. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.
Selection: Selection is by members of the GCA Scholarship Committee.
Fund: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The GCA offers 27 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines which include 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. Club-sponsored awards are given to recognize outstanding volunteer outreach that nurtures children in the appreciation of nature.
In March of 2016, 91 scholars were awarded over $360,000 to study and research a variety of horticultural and conservation topics ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research projects. This class of scholars represents institutions throughout our nation and some will participate in related field work around the world.
GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest and furthering knowledge of our natural environment.