Blog Post By Jona Elwell

GCA Urban Forestry Scholarship Deadline Looming

Calling all grad and advanced undergrad students in urban forestry! The Garden Club of America’s urban forestry scholarship deadline is fast approaching. Don’t let $5,000 hang on the line.

The Nitty-Gritty:

Funds one or more graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions annually for $5,000 to study and research that will advance the knowledge of urban forestry and increase the number of scientists in the field. A recipient may apply for an additional year. Applicants should complete the electronic application form. Be prepared to upload a vita at the time of your electronic application form submission. At minimum, include:

  • Relevant Education, work, and volunteer experience
  • Publications and presentations
  • Career goals

A letter of endorsement directly emailed from applicant’s major professor/advisor and signed by the student’s faculty adviser and submitted to: by January 31 with the name of the student in the subject line. The letter should:

  • Identify the student
  • Indicate the status of the student in the program
  • Evaluate the students ability as an independent researcher.

The application deadline is January 31st – Application is not considered complete until the letter of endorsement is received. Final award decisions are made in late March. Fellowship recipients will receive official notification from the Garden Club of America. If you have any questions concerning the award application or eligibility requirements, please contact us at

Some more details on the scholarship:

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.

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