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Scholarship- Val and Bill Tillett Scholarship APPLICATION EXTENSION!!!!

NOVA Students have an application deadline extension for the following scholarship! Previous NOVA Horticulture Students have received this scholarship so don’t hesitate to apply- especially since there was more time given to do so! You have until April 18th!!!

Val and Bill Tillett Scholarship
Founded by Bill and Val Tillett | Est. Scholarship: $2,000

Criteria: Recipient must be attending Northern Virginia Community College seeking a degree within the school’s Horticulture program. Award priority includes Loudoun County residence as well as financial need; residents of Prince William, Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington will be considered. Both full-time and part-time applicants may apply. Once selected, an applicant may apply for a second consecutive year of scholarship support with re-application and at least a 2.5 GPA or C+ or higher.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Completed general application form; 250-words essay sharing “Why a degree in Horticulture Technology or Landscape Design Specialization is a good fit for me,” or, “My financial challenges to attend school;” letter of recommendation from the Program Head or teacher in the NOVA Community College’s Horticulture program; FAFSA/1040, and grade transcripts required.

Scholarship- VA Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Are you in need of funding to complete your coursework? Well, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Educational Foundation may have a solution for you! They’re offering a scholarship for $1,000!

The purpose of this scholarship is to promote the education of Virginia citizens in technical fields with natural resource conservation and environmental protection. To give financial support to students majoring in or showing a strong desire to major in a course curriculum related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies.

SWCD scholarship-app-2023

Applications are due April 1st!

Return Application To:
Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District,
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

Community College Scholarship- Shenandoah District VFGC

Are you struggling to pay for your horticulture classes? FAFSA didn’t cover all of your expenses? Well, we don’t want you to worry when there are options like the Shenandoah District Community College Scholarship from the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs! This scholarship offers financial aid ($1000) to a full-time rising second-year student of an accredited Community College in the Shenandoah District of Virginia. In order to qualify for the scholarship, your career goals must align with garden-related objectives, and your degree must be in a garden-related field such as horticulture, forestry, environmental science, botany, and landscaping.

The deadline to apply is March 1st. Applications must be completed and received prior to this date.

Shen District Scholarship Guide

SDS Application

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Summer 2023 Internships- Green Spring Gardens

It’s that time of the year again! All around the area, horticultural businesses and public gardens are starting to think of and release summer internship positions! If you’re still looking for a position to complete your Cooperative Education Credit, one of these could be your answer! Green Spring Gardens, a local favorite public garden located in Alexandria, has 5!! available positions for the summer of 2023! GSG is not only host to several ID courses, but is also managed by a NOVA Hort Alumni! That’s right! If you apply for any of these opportunities, you might be lucky enough to work with Adam Bucher, NOVA  Horticulture Alumni and Green Spring Garden’s Horticulture Resource Manager! What better way to learn about life after school than this??

Internship brochure Summer GSG 2023

Farmers Market Internship 2023 GSG

Historic Resources Internship 2023 GSG

Horticultural Internship 2023 GSG

Native Plant Garden Internship 2023 GSG

Youth and Family Program Internship 2023 GSG

National Capital Area Garden Club- Scholarship Opportunity

Short on cash to pay for your spring semester classes? Instead of dropping your classes, why not consider applying for a scholarship!

National Capital Area Garden Club, Inc. has offered college scholarships since 1972 to students who meet the following three requirements:

  • Majoring in: Horticulture, Botany, City Planning, Conservation, Landscape Design, Plant Pathology, Forestry, Environmental areas or Biology as it relates to the previous subjects.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Permanent address is within the National Capital Area including: Washington DC, Montgomery and Prince Georges County in Maryland, and Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William Counties in Virginia

High school seniors planning to attend 2 and 4 year colleges, current college students and graduate students are all eligible.

All application materials are due by March 1, 2023. Scholarship requirements and application forms can be found on our website

The minimum award is $3000. Students reapply each year and there is potential for additional money from our regional and national partners.

Scholarship- PGMS DC Branch

Do you need some help paying for your classes? Well, there are other options out there than student loans! The DC PGMS, Professional Ground Management Society, has a scholarship offer to students who are pursuing a degree in landscape and grounds management, turf management, irrigation technology, or any closely related field, *hint hint nudge nudge* Horticulture.

If you’re interested in applying for this scholarship opportunity, the scholarship application deadline is March 1st. In order to apply for the scholarship, fill out the form below, and attach a cover letter that includes an introduction, and educational and professional goals. and intent for use of the funds. Also attached to the application should be a current resume with relevant awards or certificates, a college transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a letter from the PGMS member who is sponsoring the applicant (This would be Sue Dickson).

Winning the scholarship award not only gives you money to go toward your education but also includes a complimentary 1-year membership to the PGMS, as well as paid admission to two of their events, The Green Industry Seminar and the Green Industry Feild Day.

Once all the necessary items for your application are gathered, you can mail the application to the DC PGMS at 19000 Beallsville RD, Beallsville, MD, 20839, or email it to


for more information, visit their website, or contact our local member Professor Dickson

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Scholarship- Virginia Society of Landscape Designers

Landscape Design specialization students, this one’s for you! The Virginia Society of Landscape Designers is awarding a $1000 scholarship to a Virginia College student in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Horticulture with a Specialization in Landscape Design.

A VSLD Scholarship Program Final PDF

School Year 2023-24

Sponsor: The Virginia Society of Landscape Designers is a nonprofit association that provides continuing education opportunities to its members as well as networking opportunities. The scholarship program is offered to students in the Commonwealth of Virginia who intend to pursue a career as a landscape designer.

Eligibility: A Commonwealth of Virginia resident college student accepted to a college program that offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Horticulture with a Specialization in Landscape Design. A minimum of 3.0 cumulative grade point average is also required.

Scholarship Awarded: $1000 and a year membership to VSLD after

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Transfer Scholarship

Originally Submitted to the NOVA Daily Flyer by Shawn Addison, Counselor,

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers a competitive scholarship for community college students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Students in any discipline may apply. The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books for the remainder (up to three years) of the scholar’s undergraduate degree. Scholarship amounts will vary depending upon the costs of the institution the scholar attends as well as any other grants or scholarships the individual may receive. Awards can be as much as $55,000 per year.

The JKCF scholarship application website opens October 6, and applications will be accepted through January 12, 2023.

Applications must be submitted only through The Common App.

Eligible scholarship applicants must meet all the criteria below:

  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrate significant financial need.
  • Be at least a sophomore (30 semester credits earned by December 31, 2022).
  • No previous enrollment or attendance at a four-year institution.
  • Plan to transfer and enroll full-time in an accredited four-year university for fall 2023.

Students who meet these conditions and wish to apply, should begin by viewing the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website for more details on the scholarship. For assistance, students are encouraged to contact their campus representative to discuss the eligibility criteria, the application process and deadlines, and to explore strategies for developing a competitive application.

Campus Representatives

Click here to see a list of past scholarship recipients.

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

Plein_Environmental_Fund_Application Extended

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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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