Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America (GCA) is a volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the country. GCA members passionately devote their energies and expertise to a wide array of projects in their communities and across the nation. Since 1928, when the first prize was established, the GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships, awarding more than $330,000 to 86 scholars in 2017.
For graduate students and advanced undergraduates, the GCA awards funds one or more students annually at $5,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of urban forestry and increase the number of scientists in the field. We’re proud to partner once again this year with the GCA to administer its Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry.
2017 recipients’ research focused on providing more accurate and localized data on urban tree survival, and testing how mulch from various trees can reduce the growth of invasive plant species to aid in habitat restoration, among other things.
Eligibility is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions studying urban forestry, environmental studies, horticulture, forestry or related programs. We encourage all eligible students to apply and look forward to reviewing applicant’s materials in the coming weeks.
For full eligibility requirements and to learn more about the application process, visit our Scholarships page.