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The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship (an International Scholarship in Tropical Horticulture or Landscape Architecture)

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Application deadline: January 15


To promote the study of tropical horticulture and landscape architecture 

Level of Education

For graduate students and undergraduates


Open to graduate or undergraduate students. Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.Travel must commence within 12 months of the award. Due to IRS restrictions, GCA is unable to fund awards for international applicants.


Provides $5000 to a well-qualified graduate student or undergraduate student specializing in tropical horticulture, botany, or landscape architecture for the purpose of studying abroad at botanical institutions.

Scholarship funds the international study of tropical horticulture or landscape architecture. This does not mean that the scholar’s study needs to take place in a tropical climate. i.e. the scholar could study in temperate regions as long as the destination is international.


Applications will be reviewed by a panel of representatives, assembled by the National Tropical Botanical Garden, from fields of tropical horticulture, botany, and landscape architecture and approved by the GCA Scholarship Committee.


The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship Fund was established by the Elizabeth L. Marks Trust. Mrs. Marks was a Garden Club of Honolulu member from 1948 until the time of her death in 1996. Her trust provided “for the establishment of a scholarship fund, the income from which shall be awarded to well-qualified science majors specializing in tropical horticulture or landscape architecture to afford them the opportunity for one or two years of serious study at outstanding botanical institutions abroad." 

To Apply

Candidates should submit an application packet to the National Tropical Botanical Garden, including the following:

- A personal letter describing the candidate's plans for the future and commitment to tropical conservation; and

- A two-page statement of the proposed research, including its relevance to conservation, beginning with a summary statement of the proposal’s purpose, field location, plant group/vegetation type and questions to be answered;

- One letter of recommendation from the student's advisor that includes an evaluation of the student's progress to date.;

- Evidence of foreign language capability, if necessary for country of research; and

- A brief curriculum vitae (1-2 pages).

Please submit all information as one PDF document. Please use standard 8.5" x 11" size pages, no smaller than 10-point, Times New Roman font, single-spaced or greater, and 1" margins on all sides. References and graphics do not count toward the two-page limit. Please email the file to the NTBG contact below by January 15.



Katie Magoun, Science and Conservation Executive Assistant

National Tropical Botanical Garden

3530 Papalina Road, Kalaheo, Hawai'i 96741 USA

OFFICE: (808) 826-6608

CELL:  (808) 346-7354


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