General Scholarship Information
Scholarship awards will be applied towards reimbursable hotel/travel and related costs to attend a regional symposium (max. $650) or Annual Conference (max. $1500). Event registration will also be comped.
Priority Scholarship Member Segments:
Staff from member gardens or Individual Level Member holders at one of these specific stages on their roadmap to professional development:
Entry-level / Career launch
Aspiring or Emerging Leaders
1st time attendee to an Association symposium or Annual Conference
Students currently enrolled in a university program who have/had an existing internship or paid work affiliation with a member garden, or holds an active membership status with the Association through June 2022 with or without a member garden affiliation.
Applications are evaluated based on:
Strength of personal narrative
Strength of support letter for scholarship applicant
Degree of individual and/ or institutional financial need
Issues of equity - diversity/inclusion/economic
Application Criteria and Considerations:
1. All applicants must be employed by, or serve in an intern capacity with, a member garden in good standing with the Association or hold an individual membership with the Association. Please be sure to review all criteria and instructions before applying for any scholarship to ensure eligibility.
2. Named scholarships, when offered have specific additional criteria and/or considerations. Please review these on the website before applying
3. We strongly suggest that you pre-register for symposia as soon as possible to guarantee your attendance. Applying for scholarship does not guarantee an available registration space if you are not selected. Symposia often have limited capacity and may sell out before registration deadlines and/or scholarship eligibility notifications.
4. Applications must be accompanied by all of the following:
• A current resume or CV
• A 300-word narrative from the applicant stating rationale for seeking a scholarship opportunity demonstrating the applicant's interest in furthering his or her professional skills through attendance at a chosen conference or symposium. Please adhere to the word count and include any additional narrative instructions included with a named scholarship as indicated.
• A letter of support signed by an individual "champion" who is familiar with the field of public horticulture, indicating support for the applicant's leadership, scholarship need, and potential success in the field of public garden management.
• A signed Letter of Affirmation Form by the applicant's termal supervisor or CEO approving and supporting the application (.pdf template on Scholarship website pages). The CEO may also provide the Letter of Support outlined above.
• A headshot to be used in publication if you are awarded a scholarship. They will not be seen by the Scholarship Committee in deliberations.
4. Only one scholarship application per person per application cycle will be considered.
5. Applicants having been awarded a past full Garden Scholars scholarship (general or named) must wait 12 months from the time of their last application to be eligible to re-apply (e.g., spring cycle to spring cycle).
6. Disbursement of scholarship awards among the available professional development opportunities in any given cycle is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, with input from named scholarship donors, and based on funds available through contributions to the Garden Scholars Fund.
Only one scholarship application per person per application cycle will be considered.