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

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Category: Horticulture & Related Fields

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Application deadline: February 1


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 selection panel of representatives 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 $50,000 “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." The scholarship was formerly known as the The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship in Tropical Ornamental Horticulture and  The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship in Tropical Horticulture.

To Apply

See application and information. Applicants need to supply a proposed itinerary along with a list of proposed or confirmed collaborating institutions.  Applications must be submitted electronically or sent by mail to be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 1 preceding the period of study. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.


The Loy McCandless Marks Fund


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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