Scholarships

Proven Winner Horticulture Scholarships
Proven Winners is looking to the future, and the future of our industry depends on the young people behind us. We want to assist and recognize the academic talent that exists across North America by presenting scholarships to students in both 4-year universities as well as community colleges and vocational schools. In 2014, we were proud to award $25,000 in scholarships and in 2015, we were excited to increase that amount to $35,000.

4-Year University Scholarships – Proven Winners will award at least three $5,000 scholarships annually:

  • Proven Winners® Innovations in Plant Breeding Scholarship – $5,000 New flowers and plants are the lifeblood of our industry. We are proud to support students who are committed to developing new and exciting plants in this competitive market.
  • Proven Winners® Innovations in Horticultural Marketing Scholarship – $5,000 The importance of marketing is often overlooked in our industry, so we need to support students with not only a passion for plants but also for knowing how to market and sell them.
  • Proven Winners® Grower Excellence Scholarship – $5,000 High quality plant material produced by talented and hard working growers is absolutely essential for any plant brand to be successful. We are proud to support the next generation of great plantsmen and women pursuing careers in plant production.

Apply for your scholarship by April 1, 2017.
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Garden Club of Norfolk Scholarship
Each spring, the Garden Club of Norfolk offers a Scholarship to a graduating student. Applications are available from area high schools.

Garden Club of Norfolk Scholarship Requirements

The Garden Club of Norfolk Scholarship is available to all Norfolk students regardless of the School that they attend. The applicants must be pursuing interest in areas such as: Agriculture, environmental, landscape design and architecture, geoscientist, conservationist, urban planning.

Along with the application there are three requirements:

  1. A copy of the students grades
  2. An essay telling us about themselves and why they have chosen to study a particular field
  3. A list of extracurricular activities and jobs held outside of school

If any application is in-complete the candidate will not be considered. Contact Cathy Granville for more information.


Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts College Scholarships
The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. offers scholarships for undergraduate students (including high school seniors who will be freshmen in the Fall), and graduate students who will be attending accredited colleges and universities. Applications are due MARCH 1.

Scholarships are available for students majoring in:

  • horticulture
  • floriculture
  • landscape design or architecture
  • conservation
  • forestry, agronomy
  • city planning
  • environmental studies
  • land management
  • botany
  • biology
  • allied subjects

Applicants must have maintained a legal residence in Massachusetts for at least one year, have a minimum “B” average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), have good character, and have financial need.

There are eleven (11) scholarships available. Only one application is required per student. It should be noted that the Ruth Cleveland Scholarship is available to graduate or undergraduate students pursuing the study of the arts and/or sciences and that three of the scholarships require that the student attend the University of Massachusetts. The GCFM Scholarship Committee determines a student’s eligibility based on a completed application package.

Official recognition of the GCFM ‘s Scholarship winners takes place at the close of the fiscal year on June 30. Letters are sent out to the winners and regret letters to all other applicants.  The winners of GCFM Scholarships are announced in the fall issue of the Mayflower.  The applications qualifying for National Garden Club, Inc. Scholarship are sent on to NGC. Inc. by March 1, and the NGC, Inc. winners are announced at the Annual Meeting of National Garden Clubs. Inc., and also published in the fall issue of the Mayflower.

Applying for a GCFM Scholarship
All applications must be received by March 1. The GCFM Application Form and Financial aid Form are in PDF format and can be filled-in on your computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader both forms contain instructions for completing. Download the following files:

Download GCFM Application and Financial Aid Forms

Scholarship Information
Scholarship Application
Financial Aid Form
If needed download Adobe Reader

All applications must include:

  • GCFM Application Form
  • GCFM Financial Aid Form
  • School Transcript(s)
  • Essay
  • List of Activities
  • Letters of Recommendation (one page only)

For further information please email gcfmscholarship@aol.com

Deadline March 1.

The current Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. Scholarships funds are as follows:

“The Margaret Motley Scholarship Fund” in honor of the first president of the Federation. The applicants of this scholarship shall be students attending the University of Massachusetts, majoring in floriculture, horticulture or Landscape Design.

“The Harold T. Bent Horticulture Scholarship Fund” in recognition of Harold T. Bent’s services as horticulture chairman and advisor. The applicants for this scholarship shall be students attending the University of Massachusetts majoring in some phase of horticulture.

“The Lottie S. Leach Scholarship Fund” in honor of Lottie S. Leach for her outstanding contribution in the various fields of federated garden club work, both state and national. The applicants for this scholarship shall be students of the University of Massachusetts perusing the study of the arts and/or sciences, as related to horticulture in its widest aspect.

“The F. Carroll Sargent Scholarship Fund” in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the state-wide horticulture program of the Federation. The applicants for this scholarship shall be graduate or undergraduate college students pursuing the study of the arts and/or sciences, as related to horticulture in the widest aspect.

“The Violet E. MacLaren Conservation Scholarship Fund” in memory of a beloved past present of the Federation. Applicants for this scholarship shall be graduate or undergraduate college students pursuing the study of the arts and/or sciences, as related to conservation in its widest aspect.

“The Baker Scholarship Fund” in honor of Dr. & Mrs. E. Carlisle Baker for their joint outstanding contribution to the many activities of the federation. Dr. Baker was a staunch supporter in furthering the objectives and interests of the Federation, and his wife, Edna, was the 13th president and an incorporator of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. The applicants for this scholarship shall be graduate or undergraduate students pursuing the student of the arts and/or sciences, as related to horticulture in its widest aspect.

“The Ruth I. Cleveland Scholarship Fund” is presented by the Andover Garden Club in recognition of her efforts to enrich the lives of garden club members in the pursuit of all the arts and sciences. The applicants for this scholarship shall be graduate or undergraduate students pursuing the student of the arts and/or sciences.

“The Margaret Bent Patterson Scholarship Fun d” established in 1982 by the Chestnut Hill Garden Club in recognition of her dedicated service to the club and to the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. In 1950 she was one of the signers of the Articles of Incorporation of the Federation, in in 1972, its 25th president. The recipient (one person) shall be a college senior or graduate student pursuing the study of landscape architecture or horticulture considered in its widest aspect.

“The Evelyn R. Cole Scholarship” is presented in memory of the 15th president of the Garden Club of Hingham, as well as past president of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. It is a scholarship to be awarded in recognition of Mrs. Cole’s efforts to enrich the lives of Garden Club members everywhere. The applicants for this scholarship shall be graduate or undergraduate students pursuing the study of the environmental sciences in the widest aspect. There shall be no restriction on this scholarship except that the applicant must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“the Landscape Design Critics Council Scholarship Fund” established in 1986 by the membership of LDCC to encourage students to pursue the study of Landscape Design and related fields. Applicants for this scholarship shall reside in Massachusetts. The recipient should be a Junior, Senior or graduate student majoring in Landscape Architecture, City Planning or related fields of interest, including horticulture and conservation.

“The Mary M. Conley Scholarship Fund” established in 1997 by a bequest in the will of Mary M. Conley. She was a member of the West Newbury Garden Club, a Master Judge and a member of the Landscape Design Council. Applicants for this scholarship shall be a graduate or undergraduate student pursuing the study of horticulture, landscape design, environmental science or related fields of interest.


National Garden Clubs offer one or two scholarships per state

In 2017, up to 41 NGC Scholarships are available, each in the amount of $4,000.
Each state is eligible to submit one candidate using the NGC Scholarship Program Application and Financial Guidelines and Forms. States with a membership greater than 10,000 members may submit two candidates. All guidelines and forms are available on the NGC website gardenclub.org. Click on Scholarships — Scholarship Instructions & Guidelines and Scholarship Application Details.

Deadline for the student to submit to the NGC State Scholarship Chairman is February 1, 2017.

State Chairmen must send NGC Application Form, NGC Financial Aid Form, Transcripts, Applicant’s Letter with List of Activities and Letters of Recommendations to the NGC Scholarship Chairman to be received by March 1, 2017.
The NGC Scholarship Committee composed of the eight Region Directors seriously consider each candidate’s credentials and rank all applicants.