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GCA Scholarships Recipients: The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship in Tropical Horticulture

2018 Benjamin Proulx

Benjamin Proulx is a master’s student in landscape architecture with a focus in Latin American studies at the University
of Georgia. His research looks at the benefits of integrating agricultural and ornamental landscapes. He will participate in a study abroad program at the University of Georgia’s Costa Rica campus, where he will work on the redesign of the San Luis Botanical Garden. Architecture students from the University of Costa Rica will collaborate on a design proposal for the Torres riverside community of Los Cipreses in Barrio México, San José, Costa Rica.

2014 Aqsa Butt

Aqsa Butt, originally a native of Pakistan, now a citizen of the United States, is a junior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently working toward a Bachlor of Science in the Landscape Architecture Program. Ms. Butt has been approved to be a full time University of Massachusetts student for a semester study abroad at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She will explore tropical botanical horticulture interests at four micro climate locations on the southwestern coast of County Cork. 

2010 Mark Powers

School: Senior at the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia
Will spend a semester at the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica compiling a journal of tropical plants that have both ornamental and edible/useful qualities.
Project location: Costa Rica

2004 Brad Biren

School: Cornell University Lincoln University - New Zealand
Project: "Use of orchids in SE Asia and companion plants in landscape planting."
Project location: SE Asia

2004 Stephanie Zabel

School: "Clemson University, South Carolina Senior in horticulture"
"Will study ethnobotany at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England."
Project location: England

2003 Jennifer Parrish

School: University of Florida Senior
"She will study abroad with the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her field study program is in Environmental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture."
Project location: "University New South Wales, Sydney, Australia"


Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2018, more than $308,400 was awarded to 65 scholars.

In its inaugural year, the Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies was awarded to Angela Merriken and Dr. Uma Venkatesh.

Read more about the new Scholarship and the recipients.