Blog Post By Jona Elwell

Calling All Urban Forestry Students

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. To promote a greater understanding of the interdependence of horticulture, environmental protection, and community involvement, GCA offers 27 different merit-based scholarships and annually awards over $300,000. We help administer, unsurprisingly, the Urban Forestry Scholarship.

New and improved this year – we’re excited to announce that the funding has increased to $7,500!
For graduate students and advanced undergraduates, the GCA Urban Forestry Scholarship will fund three students at $7,500 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. Applications are due January 31, 2020 – start compiling materials now!

2019 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.

Complete information can be found on our Scholarships page.

  1. Applicants should complete the electronic application form below. Be prepared to upload a vita at the time of your electronic application form submission. At a minimum, include:
    • Relevant Education, work, and volunteer experience
    • Publications and presentations
    • Career goals
  2. A letter of endorsement directly emailed from applicant’s major professor/advisor and signed by the student’s faculty advisor 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 student’s ability as an independent researcher.


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