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The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture

Purpose: To further the study of public horticulture through experiential learning that takes place at a recognized public garden, botanic garden, arboretum, or other closely aligned public horticulture institution within the United States.

History: One of the GCA’s important early leaders was Hope Goddard Iselin, the first chairman of the Billboard and Roadside Improvement Committee (1922-1931). Mrs. Iselin, a member of the North Country Garden Club, had many interests, including beautifying urban areas through gardens and green spaces, as well as providing opportunities for others to visit natural settings and lovely gardens. Established in 2013 and funded by the Hope Goddard Iselin Foundation, the fellowship honors Mrs. Iselin’s contributions to GCA and our communities by advancing the study of public horticulture.                                                                                                   

Provisions: Funds one or more students annually at $5000 for practical research and training at a recognized public garden, botanic garden, arboretum, or other institution directly engaged with connecting people, plants and gardening within the United States.

Eligibility: Open to students enrolled in a graduate-level university program to study public horticulture. Student must confirm ability to conduct research or otherwise utilize facility where study will be undertaken. Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. - based institution. 

To Apply: See The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture application and instructions. Applications must be received at the American Public Gardens Association by February 1st preceding the period of study. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the APGA’s Awards Committee Chair and approved by The Garden Club of America Scholarship Committee.

Contact: Ms. Kate Tyrawski, American Public Gardens Association, 351 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Phone (610)-708-3010; Email;

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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.