General Scholarship Information

The Spring 2022 Scholarship Application Cycle is open January 3-31, 2022 for those wishing to attend the Arts & Exhibitions/Design & Planning Joint Symposium (March 2022) the Finance & Operations Symposium (April 2022) or the Annual Conference (June 20-24, 2022)

Scholarship awards will be applied towards reimbursable hotel/travel and related costs to attend a regional symposium (max. $650) or Annual Conference (max. $1,500). 
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:
    • Intern/Recent Intern
    • Entry-level/Career launch
    • Mid-level management
    • 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 have Entry Level Membership status with the Association 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 have specific additional criteria and/or considerations. If you wish to be considered for one of these scholarships, please indicate in the application which scholarship and why. 
  3. We strongly suggest that you pre-register for symposia or other events as soon as possible to guarantee your attendance. Only a limited number of scholarships are available. 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:
    1. A current Resume or CV
    2. 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.
    3. 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, financial need, and potential success in the field of public garden management. 
    4. A signed Letter of Affirmation Form by the applicant’s terminal supervisor or CEO approving and supporting the application (template may be found HERE). The CEO may also provide the Letter of Support outlined above; and
    5. A headshot to be used in publications if awarded a scholarship. The Scholarship Committee will not receive this item in their application packets.
  5. Only one scholarship application per person per application cycle will be considered.
  6. Applicants having received 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).
  7. 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.