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The Garden Club of America Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plants

FOR UNDERGRADUATES, GRADUATE STUDENTS, ADVANCED DEGREE CANDIDATES, OR NON DEGREE-SEEKING APPLICANTS ABOVE THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL
OR NON-DEGREE-SEEKING APPLICANTS ABOVE THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL

Purpose: To encourage the understanding, development and use of underutilized native plants. Established to encourage the development of research, documentation, and teaching skills in the field of horticulture.

History: Established in 2017 in cooperation with the family of Montine McDaniel Freeman utilizing surplus funds from the Montine M. Freeman Medal account. The Freeman Medal is awarded annually to a North American native plant worthy of special recognition. It was established in Mrs. Freeman’s honor by her son and daughter- in-law, Louis and Judy Freeman in 1995. The award is given to an outstanding native plant which is underutilized but possesses superior ornamental and ecological attributes. The goal of the Freeman Medal is to encourage the propagation and planting of these plants in our gardens and the landscape.  The Garden Club of America Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies likewise promotes the understanding, development and use of underutilized native plants.

Provisions: Funds one or more scholarships annually at a minimum of $3000 to support study at an accredited college, university, or major botanic garden or arboretum. Projects may include, but are not restricted to, plant propagation, and the acquisition of skills for working with native plant collections, including techniques for incorporating them in managed landscapes. Photographic and written documentation of studies and research projects may be considered.

Eligibility: Open to college undergraduates and graduate students, advanced degree candidates, or non- degree-seeking applicants above the high school level. Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S.-based institution.

To Apply: See application and instructions. Applications must be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 1st preceding the period of study. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Selection is by a committee chaired by a Scholarship Vice Chairman who may invite others to participate in selection who, by virtue of their background in underutilized native plants, may be a valuable resource to the committee. 

Fund: The Garden Club of America Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies Fund

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

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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.