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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 $2500 annually to one student for out-door summer study in the field.

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and master’s degree students. All candidates must be enrolled in an accredited US college or university. Research must be conducted in the Western Hemisphere.

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, fax: 212-753-0134,



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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 2015, 91 students and scholars were award over $315,000 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.

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