Category: Summer Environmental Study
FOR UNDERGRADUATES, GRADUATE STUDENTS, ADVANCED DEGREE CANDIDATES, OR NON-DEGREE-SEEKING APPLICANTS ABOVE THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL
Purpose: To promote environmental studies by students who are residents of New Jersey or nonresidents studying in New Jersey or its surrounding waters.
History: In 2003, Frances Starr Todd determined that a fitting tribute to her great grandmother, Caroline Thorn Kissel, would be a GCA scholarship dedicated to environmental study relating to Mrs. Kissel’s beloved State of New Jersey. It was Mrs. Todd’s wish that the scholarship be named for her great grandmother. The funding was provided by Mrs. Todd, a Trustee of the Abbey K. Starr Charitable Trust, Gladstone, New Jersey, in December, 2003. The first Kissel Scholar was named in March of 2004.
Provisions: Provides $3000 in financial assistance to one scholar annually for summer environmental study selected by the applicant. (The award amount was increased from $1500 in 2007.)
Eligibility: Open to college students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, or non-degree-seeking applicants above the high school level. Applicants must be US citizens and either residents of New Jersey studying in New Jersey or elsewhere, or nonresidents pursuing study in New Jersey or its surrounding waters.
To Apply: See application and information. Applications must be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 10 preceding the summer of study.PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.
Selection: Applicants will be reviewed by members of GCA Scholarship Selection Committee, including the Zone IV Scholarship Representative.
Fund: The Caroline Thorn Kissel 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.