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Since 1928 when the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture was established, GCA has funded more than 1,100 scholars. Today we offer 27 merit-based scholarships in the areas listed at the bottom of the page.

Twelve of the scholarships are managed by GCA staff and volunteers. We contact universities, arboreta and botanic gardens to encourage them to advertise these scholarships to their students and interns. Selection committees comprised of GCA and community volunteers read applications and propose outstanding scholars to be voted on in March each year. For fifteen of our scholarships, the specialized level of knowledge necessary to choose the most compelling research projects requires that we partner with the following outside organizations:

Each organization sets up a panel of scientists to select candidates in areas such as ecological restoration, desert studies, coastal wetland studies, urban forestry, and landscape architecture. In addition to scholarship funds actively managed by GCA, the American Academy in Rome uses funding endowed in the past by GCA members for the recipient of GCA’s Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture. In honor of its Centennial in 2013, GCA granted $273,000 to 79 scholars, including seven Hull Awards for environmental education. GCA is pleased to announce the new Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship and The Garden Club of America Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture

Recently, a selection panel member reviewed a list of past recipients of the GCA awards in Tropical Botany, which were first awarded in the 1980s. These scholars are now well established in their careers. The selection panel member commented that the names appearing on the list are a “veritable who’s who” of the Systematics and Forest Ecology fields today. The Garden Club of America is deservedly proud of its scholarship program.


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