Category Archives: Scholarships

The Plein Environmental Scholarship Fund- Application Deadline Extended!

In need of some funding to help you finish your Horticulture Degree? The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia has announced that the Plein Environmental Scholarship Fund’s application deadline has been extended!! You could be awarded up to $15,000 for school! $2,500 for a first and second year at NVCC and $5,000 for a third and fourth year at a 4-year Virginia public university

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Val and Bill Tillet Scholarship Extension!!

Good new Nighthawk Horticulture! The Vall and Bill Tillet Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 15th 2022! So if you’re in the Horticulture Department and in need of funds for classes, don’t hesitate to apply! This scholarship opportunity could win you $2,000! Completed application packets are due on April 15th by 12:00pm via email.

2022 Community Foundation Scholarships
2022 Community Foundation Application

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Val and Bill Tillett Scholarship

This one’s specifically for NOVA Horticulture students! So if you’re in the horticulture program and are seeking out scholarship opportunities to help pay for classes, applying for this one could win you $2,000! Completed application packets are due on April 1st by 12:00pm via email.

2022 Community Foundation Scholarships
2022 Community Foundation Application

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The Plein Environmental Scholarship Fund

This one is specifically for students of Northern Virginia Community College pursuing an associate degree and intend to receive admission to a four-year university to pursue a
degree in an environment-related field.

Application due date is April 30th 2022 for the 2022- 20223 Academic Year. To apply, go to 

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Shenandoah District Community College Scholarship

Low on fund for school? Try applying to the Shenandoah District Community College Scholarship! Previous Horticulture Department students have won before!

Shenandoah District Scholarship 2022 Description

The application period has been extended to March 1st 2022, so don’t hesitate to apply!

Shenandoah District Scholarship 2022 application

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Casey Tress + Garden Club of America (Urban Forestry Fellowship)


  • The Garden Club of America: Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the United States. To promote greater understanding of the interdependence of horticulture, environmental protection, and community involvement, GCA offers 29 different merit-based scholarships and annually awards over $300,000.
  • Casey Trees: Casey Trees is a non-profit organization established in 2001 to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of Washington, DC. The organization works with others to plant and care for trees and promotes the use of green infrastructure of environmentally friendly and sustainable development.


Open to graduate or advanced undergraduate students that are studying urban forestry, environmental studies, horticulture, forestry, or related courses of study with a special interest in the urban forest. Students must be enrolled during the academic year following the award decision. Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. – based institution.


Funds one or more students annually at $7,500 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of urban forestry and increase the number of scientists in the field.

Application Process:

  1. Applicants should complete the electronic application form. Be prepared to upload a vita at the time of your electronic application form submission. Preview the application questions here. At minimum, include:
    • Relevant Education, work, and volunteer experience
    • Publications and presentations
    • Career goals
  2. A letter of endorsement directly emailed from applicant’s major professor/advisor and signed by the student’s faculty advisor and submitted to: by January 31 with the name of the student in the subject line. The letter should:
    • Identify the student
    • Indicate the status of the student in the program
    • Evaluate the students ability as an independent researcher.

Application Deadline:

January 31st – Application is not considered complete until the letter of endorsement is received. Final award decisions are made in late March. Fellowship recipients will receive official notification from the Garden Club of America. If you have any questions concerning the award application or eligibility requirements, please contact us at

More information:

PGMS DC Branch Scholarship Opportunity

Professional Grounds Management Society Scholarship


1. Applicant must be a resident of MD, VA, or DC
2. Applicant must be a current student of horticulture or a related field.
3. Applicant must be at least in their first year of college or may be recently graduated from high
school (within the calendar year).
4. Applicant must be sponsored by a PGMS member.

What the scholarship selection committee looks for:

  • An active student with solid grades,
  • Past or current employment in the green industry
  • Involvement in the industry with apprentice or professional organizations, such as FFA, 4H,state or county programs,
  • Civic projects and outreach programs.
  • The committee also looks for any personal development classes and any involvement in sports or

Applying for the scholarship:

All applicants must submit the following to PGMS DC Branch, either by mail or email:
• The completed scholarship application.
• Cover letter. Please include introduction, educational and professional goals, and intent for use
of scholarship funds.
• Current resume. Please include past employment history, awards, and certificates earned.
• College or school transcripts.
• Two (2) letters of recommendation. These should be from an instructor, employer, etc.
• A letter from the PGMS member who is sponsoring the applicant.

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1st 2022

Winners Announced: May 1st 2022


The Garden Club of America Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards

Now Accepting Applications!

(Each scholarship application deadline is different, check to see when the exact deadline is!)

Since 1928 when the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture was established, The Garden Club of America has funded more than 1,400 recipients. The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships, fellowships and awards in 12 areas.

Multiple scholarship, fellowship, and award opportunities available!

Scholarship Opportunities for multiple fields including:

  • Botany
  • Coastal Wetland Studies
  • Conservation and Ecological Restoration
  • Desert Studies
  • Garden History and Design
  • Horticulture and Related Fields
  • International Work and Study
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Native Bird Habit
  • Pollinator Research
  • Summer Environmental Study
  • Urban Forestry


For more information and application instructions: