GardenComm continues our commitment to provide financial assistance to deserving students and emerging professionals who wish to pursue or further a career in horticultural communications through academic and conference scholarships.
Academic scholarship awards range from $500 or $1,000 per student and includes a complimentary full year membership to GardenComm. The application period for academic scholarships opens in early September and closes in early December. Scholarship awards are announced in early January.
Students must be enrolled in either of two categories:
Community Colleges & Technical Schools
The GardenComm Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship is made in recognition of Kathleen Fisher who was the editor of The American Gardener, the journal of the American Horticultural Society. It is given annually in the amount of $500 to any full-time or part-time post secondary or graduate student, including technical schools and community colleges, majoring in horticulture, plant science or journalism, with an interest in garden communications.
Colleges & Universities
The GardenComm general academic scholarship grants are provided for college-level juniors or seniors and graduate students enrolled full-time in a full time course of study majoring in Horticulture, Plant Science or Journalism, with an interest in garden communications, including garden photography. General academic scholarships are given annually and vary in number (2-9) and amount ($500-$1,000) depending on the earnings of the scholarship endowment. It is beneficial for horticulture or plant science majors to have taken courses in journalism and vice-versa, although exceptions will be made.
In recent years, over $100,000 has been awarded to outstanding students. Grants range from $500 to $1,000 per student at the discretion of the GardenComm Scholarship Committee. Scholarships will be awarded directly to the institutions on behalf of students.
NextGen Conference Scholarships
NextGen Conference Scholarship awards cover GardenComm conference and include a $1,000 travel stipend ($1,500 value). The ideal scholarship recipient is working as a garden writer, blogger, speaker or photographer under the age of 40. Previous GWA NextGen scholarship recipients are not eligible for conference scholarships in subsequent years. The application period for conference scholarships opens in early April and closes in June. Scholarship awards are announced in early July.