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The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany

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The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany


Award:  $2,500
Deadline: February 1 preceding the summer of study

Purpose:  To support student’s field studies and offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience beyond the regular course of study.

History: In the late 1990s, to help offset this trend of declining or consolidated botany programs at colleges and universities the GCA's Scholarship Committee added a proposal for a summer scholarship in field botany to its list of possible new offerings. Beginning in 2000, Mrs. Henry Streeter, an ardent horticulturist and member of the North Shore Garden Club of Massachusetts, generously offered to fund this opportunity. 

Provisions:  Provides $3000 annually to one student for out-door summer study in the field.

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and master’s degree students. Research must be conducted in the Western Hemisphere. Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. - based institution.

Selection:  Members of the GCA Scholarship Committee and professionals knowledgeable in field botany will select awardees.

Fund: The GCA Summer Scholarship in Field Botany Fund

To Apply: See applications and instructions. Applications must be received at the GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 1 preceding the summer of study. 

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

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Scholarship Opportunities Available

The GCA offers 28 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 2017, 86 scholars were awarded over $330,000 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.