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Category: Botany

The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany


Purpose: To encourage young men and women who are interested in furthering their studies in field botany and offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience beyond the regular course of study. 

History: In 1997, The Garden Club of America became aware of the closing of many botany departments at colleges and universities in the US. Many other institutions were eliminating or consolidating botany courses or integrating them with other majors such as biology. It was felt that this would lead to the reduction of botany scholars and professors. To help offset this trend, the Scholarship Committee added a proposal for a summer scholarship in field botany to its list of possible new offerings. Mary Ann Streeter (Mrs. Henry), a member of the North Shore Garden Club of Massachusetts, offered to fund this opportunity beginning in 2000. Mrs. Streeter is an ardent horticulturist who has served in GCA positions for many years at the club, zone, and national levels. 

Provisions: Provides $2500 annually to one student for summer study in the field. (Award amount was increased from $1500 in 2008 and $2000 in 2015).

Eligibility: Open to undergraduates and graduate students up to the Masters Degree level. All candidates must be enrolled in an accredited US college or university. Project may be in North, Central or South America.

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

Selection: Selection is by members of the GCA Scholarship Committee, and may include additional members who are knowledgeable in the area of field botany. The application for the Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany and the application for this scholarship are the same and will be considered together. 

Fund: The GCA Summer Scholarship in Field Botany Fund 

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:

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Scholarship Opportunities Available

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.

GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest and furthering environmental knowledge.