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The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany

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Category: Botany

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Application deadline: February 1


To encourage US undergraduate students to expand their knowledge of medicinal botany by pursuing summer study in various projects, courses, and/or internships with supervision and structure.

Level of Education

For summer study following any undergraduate year.


Open to undergraduate students who are currently and actively enrolled in an accredited US college or university for study or work during the summer following the freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year. Due to IRS restrictions, GCA is unable to fund awards for international applicants.


Provides $3000 to one student annually for summer study. 


Following a Zone Meeting hosted by her garden club, the Monroe (Louisiana) Garden Study League, Caroline Brown (Mrs. Douglas C.) expressed her interest in funding a summer scholarship in the field of medicinal botany. With the help of Dr. James Miller from the Missouri Botanical Garden, the GCA Scholarship Committee proposed a summer scholarship to include field study, laboratory study, or special coursework in medicinal botany. The fund was originally called the Caroline Brown Fund but Mrs. Brown preferred to call it the Zeller Medicinal Botany Fund to honor deceased members of her family. The scholarship was offered for the first time in 2003 for study during the summer of 2004. Caroline Brown is a former member of the GCA House Committee and was responsible for Fine Arts and Acquisitions.

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See application and instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically or sent by mail to be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 1 preceding the summer of proposed study. Selection: Selection is by members of the GCA Scholarship Committee. A medicinal botanist will also serve on the selection committee. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.


Zeller Medicinal Botany Fund


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

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