The Garden Club Federation of MA is currently accepting scholarship applications from qualified high school seniors, college students, and graduate students for 11 different scholarships. And its parent organization, National Garden Clubs, Inc.(NGC), is offering additional scholarships to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students sponsored by the GCFM.
Scholarships are available for students majoring in agronomy, biology, botany, city planning, conservation, environmental studies, floriculture, forestry, horticulture, land management, landscape design, and allied subjects. Three of the scholarships require that the student attend the University of Massachusetts, while the rest are unrestricted. In 2010, GCFM awarded eleven $1,000 scholarships, and the two Massachusetts students sponsored by the GCFM received NGC scholarships.
Applicants must reside in Massachusetts, have a minimum grade average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), exhibit good character, and demonstrate financial need. Applications and financial aid forms can be obtained at gcfm.org/Education/Scholarships/GCFMA.aspx. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2011.
For further inquiries, please email email@example.com or contact the GCFM scholarship secretary,
Kathie Jones, at 413-458-2886.
Every year National Garden Clubs awards additional scholarships of $3,500 each. These are available to Massachusetts college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are sponsored by GCFM. To be eligible, applicants must have at least a 3.25 GPA (on a 4.0-point scale) and be majoring in agriculture education, agronomy, botany, biology, city (rural and urban) planning, economics, environmental conservation, floriculture, forestry, horticulture, land management, landscape design, plant pathology/science, wildlife science, and/or other related or allied subjects. A comprehensive list of majors and application requirements is available at gardenclub.org/Youth/Scholarships.aspx.
Students wishing to apply for NGC scholarships should also apply for the GCFM scholarships. NGC application forms are available at www.gardenclub.org/Youth/Scholarships.aspx and are also due March 1, 2011. Please mail NGC applications to the GCFM scholarship chairman, Leslie Frost, at 31 Lowell Street, Andover, MA 01810-2929.