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The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt
Summer Scholarship in Field Botany


Purpose: To promote the importance of botany to horticulture by encouraging young men and women to study field botany, and to offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the field beyond the regular course of study.

History: Following the death of his wife, Joan Hunt, Torrence Miller Hunt, Sr. decided to remember her with a donation to the GCA Scholarship Program. During her lifetime, Joan was a director from Zone V, an active member of the Garden Club of Allegheny County, and loved her association with her club and the GCA. Members of the GCAC agreed. It was decided that the scholarship would be named in honor of Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt, beloved members of the Garden Club of Allegheny County and outstanding women of Pittsburgh. Rachel M. Hunt was the mother of Torrence M. Hunt, Sr., a director of the Garden Club of America from 1934-1939, and a founding member and president of the Garden Club of Allegheny County. One half of the funding would come from the Garden Club of Allegheny County and the balance would come from Torrence M. Hunt, Sr. Funding was completed in January 2003 and the first Hunt Scholar was named that March.

Provisions: Provides $2000 annually to one or more students for summer study in the field. (Award amounts were increased from $1500 in 2008.) Study may be for credit or beyond the regular course of study. The specific course of study and the location are chosen by the student. Some suggested studies include:

  • assisting a botanist with field studies
  • assisting a botanist with plant inventories
  • plant monitoring in a national forest
  • internship on a special project in a botanical garden

Eligibility: Open to undergraduates and graduate students up to the masters degree level with preference given to undergraduate students. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited United States institution. 

To Apply: See Hunt Scholarship Application and Instructions. Applications must be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by mail by February 1 preceding the summer of study. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Selection is by members of the GCA Scholarship Committee and may include additional members who have expertise in field botany. Note that the application for this scholarship and for the GCA Summer Scholarship in Field Botany are the same and will be considered together.

Fund: Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany Fund 

Contact: Connie Yates, Garden Club of America, 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1006. Phone: 212-753-8287, fax: 212-753-0134, email: cyates@gcamerica.org

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