Since 1928 when the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture was established, the GCA has funded more than 1,200 scholars.
Today we offer 27 merit-based scholarships in the areas listed below.
Twelve of the scholarships are managed by GCA staff and volunteers. We contact universities, arboreta and botanic gardens to encourage them to advertise these scholarships to their students and interns. Selection committees comprised of the GCA and community volunteers read applications and propose outstanding scholars to be voted on in March each year. For fifteen of our scholarships, the specialized level of knowledge necessary to choose the most compelling research projects requires that we partner with the following outside organizations:
Each organization sets up a panel of scientists to select candidates in areas such as ecological restoration, desert studies, coastal wetland studies, urban forestry, and landscape architecture. In addition to scholarship funds actively managed by the GCA, the American Academy in Rome uses funding endowed in the past by GCA members for the recipient of GCA’s Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture. The GCA was pleased to announce the new Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship and The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture.
This year, 86 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 conduct field work across the globe.
GCA Scholars go on to be leaders in their fields. Recently, a selection panel member reviewed a list of past recipients of the GCA awards in Tropical Botany, which were first awarded in the 1980s. These scholars are now well established in their careers. The selection panel member commented that the names appearing on the list are a “veritable who’s who” of the Systematics and Forest Ecology fields today. The Garden Club of America is deservedly proud of its scholarship program.
Aqsa Butt, 2014 Scholar, The Loys McCandless Marks Scholarship in Tropical Botany in Ireland’s Garnish Island
Taza Shaming, 2011 Scholar, The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat with radioed Nutcracker in Yellowstone National Park – photo credit Peter Shaming
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.