Spring 2016 scholarships are available for college students

horticultural student photo illustration in Amherst NY
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

College students interested in gardening and/or journalism can apply for a scholarship that the Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF) is offering for the spring semester.

Students must be enrolled in either of two categories:

Community Colleges & Technical Schools (Freshmen through Senior): The GWAF 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 a full-time or part-time post-secondary student, including technical schools and community colleges, majoring in horticulture, plant science or journalism, with an interest in garden communications.

Colleges & Universities (Juniors & Seniors): GWAF general scholarship grants are provided for college-level juniors or seniors enrolled as a full-time student majoring in horticulture, plant science or journalism, with an interest in garden communication, including garden photography. General scholarships are given annually and vary in number (two-six) and amount ($250-$2,000) 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, but not required.

Scholarships will be awarded directly to the institutions on behalf of students.The deadline for scholarship applications is Dec. 1, 2015. The Garden Writers Association Foundation Board of Directors will award scholarships and inform the selected institutions and students by Dec. 21, 2015. Scholarship funds will be paid by Jan. 8, 2016.

For complete information and a scholarship application packet, click here.

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