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Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts- Scholarships

College Scholarships for Conservation and the Environment | Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (fairfaxcounty.gov)

The Educational Foundation of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annually offers several $2,000 scholarships to Virginia residents and full-time students enrolled in or who have applied to a college freshman-level curriculum. These scholarships support students with an interest in studies related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies.

We appreciate your assistance in spreading the word to interested students. The application and all accompanying documents must be received at our office by April 1, 2024. Students submit their scholarship applications to their local soil and water conservation district, as determined by the student’s residence. The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District includes all residents of Fairfax County. Each of Virginia’s 47 conservation districts may choose one student to nominate for consideration by the state committee.

The address for the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is:

VASWCD Scholarship
Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905
Fairfax, VA 22035

Applications will be reviewed by evaluation panels, and all applications and information contained therein shall remain confidential.

Full application is also located here:SWCDScholarshipApplication2024

Urban Forestry Student Scholarships

These scholarships just in from our friends at Fairfax County! Some great scholarship opportunities from Trees Virginia:

Visit the Trees Virginia Website to apply today.

To access the online application directly click here.

Our mission is to enhance the ranks of future urban forestry professionals by providing financial assistance to students studying urban forestry and related curricula at Virginia colleges and universities. The scholarships are awarded to applicants who best demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, and a clear commitment to a career related to urban forestry.

Eligibility Requirements

·    Currently enrolled at a Virginia community college, college or university

·    Majoring in urban forestry or a related discipline (forestry, horticulture, environmental science, biology, landscape architecture, geography. urban planning)

·    Successfully completed one academic year of courses (graduate students are exempt from this requirement)

·    Possess an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater


·    One Graduate (Master’s or Doctor’s) – $2,800.00

·    Two Undergraduate – $2,100.00 each

·    Two Associates – $1,100.00 each

Trees Virginia is currently accepting applications until:

Friday, April 5, 2024

Val and Bill Tillett Scholarship- Deadline Extended!

Important Update: The deadline for the Val and Bill Tillet Scholarship has been extended until May 1st, 2024 due to a lack of applicants! Please reach out to Anders or Sue for a letter of recommendation and get your application in for consideration.

This is a wonderful scholarship opportunity that was set up by  NOVA Horticulture Alumni (read more about them here: Val and Bill Tillet Scholarship Announcement) and is specifically for current students in the NOVA Horticulture Program. The scholarship is potentially renewable as well.

The  Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties has opened up their 2024 Scholarship Application process, and that they are now accepting applications for the Val and Bill Tillett Scholarship for students enrolled in the NVCC Horticulture program. Applications are due by May 1, 2024.

Students may find information and application instructions here:  https://communityfoundationlf.org/students/

Also, below a list of all scholarship opportunities, including the Val and Bill Tillett Scholarship, and their Universal Scholarship Application Form.

CF Scholarship Listing 2024

2024 CF Universal Scholarship Application – Fillable PDF

Shenandoah District Community College Scholarship

Another great scholarship opportunity! Applications are due March 1, 2024.

The Shenandoah District Community College Scholarship will offer financial aid in the amount of $1,000 to a full-time rising second year student of an accredited Community College in Shenandoah District, Virginia. Career goals must demonstrate objectives that are garden related.

You must be a resident of Virginia, and preference is given to those residing in the Shenandoah district (but this is not a requirement).

Full Scholarship Application is here:


SDSCHOLARSHIP-Guidelines 2023

More information is here: https://shenandoahdistrict.com/scholarship

The Applicant shall:
a. Be a resident of Virginia – preferably residing in Shenandoah District
b. Obtain Scholarship application(s) from the VFGC Website – Shenandoah Link
c. Be a full time student/applicant
d. Submit 3 letters of recommendation, one from an Instructor in applicant’s major
e. Major in: Agriculture Education, Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Plant Pathology/Science, Forestry, Agronomy, Environmental Concerns, Environmental Conservation, Habitat or Forest/Systems Ecology, Land Management and/or other garden related or allied subjects

More about the organization is here: https://shenandoahdistrict.com/


PGMS DC Branch Scholarship

PGMS DC Branch Scholarship Application!

A great scholarship that our students have received. At least one $1500 scholarship will be awarded. Application is due March 1, 2024.

The mission of the Professional Grounds Management Society, D.C. Branch, https://pgms.org/page/DistrictofColumbiaBranch is to foster integrity and excellence in grounds management by promoting professional development through education programs, networking, community service, and fellowship. As part of this effort, the D.C. Branch offers a scholarship to those interested in pursuing higher education in a horticulturally-related field.

Offered annually, our scholarship provides financial aid to students currently studying landscape and grounds management, arboriculture, turf management, irrigation technology, or a closely related field.

Many of our past scholarship winners have gone on to be leaders in our industry and we encourage our members to sponsor a student’s application.

At least one scholarship of $1500 will be awarded. Other scholarship awards are at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee

The top recipient will receive complimentary student membership to PGMS for one year and have the opportunity to attend the Green Industry Seminar and the Green Industry Field Day. PGMS will pay for the scholarship recipients’ seminar and field day registration.

Please share the application with anyone whom you think may be interested or reach out to any Board member with any questions!

Here is the link to the the Application:

PGMS DC Branch Full Application


Nova Partnership Provides Support for Dreamers. Scholarship App Opens Today

Originally Submitted to the Daily Flyer by: Debbie Wyne, Interim AVP of Enrollment Svcs, DWyne@nvcc.edu

TheDream.US is more than just a scholarship program for students wishing to attend college. TheDream.US is an organization that also provides college and career guidance to undocumented immigrant students, also known as Dreamers, who attend one of more than 80 partner colleges.

NOVA came on board as a partner college early in the growth of this organization. This partnership has allowed for more than 100 undocumented students (with or without DACA or TPS) to attend NOVA over the past nine years, with many of those students later transferring to George Mason University and other partner colleges. These scholars have been supported by NOVA’s Monica Gomez (LO), a longtime NOVA employee who was designated as the scholar advisor to these scholarship recipients. Monica’s role is to support and assist them in planning their degrees at NOVA. She also serves as the liaison between TheDream.US and NOVA to ensure that the college receives the students’ funds to cover their tuition and fees each semester. The scholarship is open to students who:

  • Came to the U.S. before November 1, 2018, and are undocumented,
  • Entered the U.S. before the age of 16,
  • Have significant unmet financial need,
  • Have graduated or will graduate from a U.S. high school,
  • Graduated with GPA of 2.5 or higher,
  • Are eligible for in-state tuition, and
  • Intend to enroll full time in an associate or bachelor’s degree program.

The application cycle is open beginning today, November 1, and runs through February 29, 2024. Students will be notified in late April 2024 if they were selected as a recipient of the scholarship. Students can find more information about the scholarship at www.thedream.us.

STEM Scholarships- Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Are you looking for extra funding for your education? Well the Virginia Space Grant Consortium has $2,000 worth of scholarship money that could go to you! Eligibility requirements are:

  • US Citizenship
  • Full-time enrollment (12 credit hours) during the award period at a Virginia Community College
  • Completed at least 9 credit hours at the time of application
  • Must be majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, or Math)
  • Grade Point Average of at least 3.0
  • Must be graduating in May 2025 or Later
  • Able to attend a Webinar

Please note that Allied Health Science majors are not eligible for this scholarship

The Deadline to apply is March 8th 2024, so you have time to work on your application! If you’re interested, please visit the website for more information and to complete the 2024 to 2025 online application:  https://vsgc.odu.edu/communitycollegescholarships/
You can also email vsgc@odu.edu for more information

STEM Community College Scholarships 2024-2025

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Scholarships- Garden Club of America

If you’re looking for a scholarship opportunity to help you with the rising costs of tuition… look no further than the Garden Club of America. Not only do they have a LOT of available scholarships, but they’re all for horticulture or related fields. So no worrying about applying for something you won’t even qualify for! Not only that, but they also offer a wide variety of undergrad and post graduate scholarship options! Whether you’re interested in field botany, ecological restoration, native plants, or anything else there’s bound to be a scholarship for you!

GCA Scholarships, Horticulture, Botany, Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Garden Design (gcamerica.org)

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MAC-ISA Annual Meeting-Student Scholarships

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture is hosting its annual meeting in Morgantown, WV and they want more students like you to attend and explore the exciting professional world of arboriculture! The best part is, they know that money can be tight when you’re paying for classes, so they have several scholarship opportunities for you to go for a reduced rate or free!

Not only that, but Student Membership to the MAC-ISA is FREE!! Yes, FREE! That’s a $60 savings! For those of you who don’t know, the MAC-ISA is our superstar hometown chapter of the ISA, and they’re the ones who help organize local events such as ISA Certified Arborist Certification Courses, Tree Climbing Competitions, Day of Safety! If I were still a student, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to go to this amazing event and save some money.

Educational Sessions include:
Ecological Design & Management of our Urban Forests
Building a Resilient City of Trees in a Changing Climate
Structural Pruning Introduction
Safety 201 – Why all the Gadgets
SRT/MRS Climbing Systems
Practical Use of Drone in the Arborist Industry
Managing Large Tree Inventories
Emerging Insects & Diseases in the Mid-Atlantic,
Diseases of Oaks…and much more!

Plus if you’re already a certified arborist, some of these classes count as CEUs for recertification! You must be a member of MAC-ISA and currently enrolled in arboriculture, urban forestry, horticulture or related programs. Scholarship funds cover registration and two nights at the Marriott in Morgantown!


As a professional organization, they also offer other scholarships for budding arborists, make sure to check them out here for more details on how you could possibly save some money on your classes and materials!


Student Memberships are FREE. Sign up today.

Deadline Extended for $16,000 Scholarship for 100 Local Community College Students

Originally Posted in the NOVA Daily Flyer by:
Clint Young, Financial Aid, JCYoung@nvcc.edu

The Herb Block Foundation has extended the deadline for The Herb Block Scholarship application until June 13. This is a great opportunity, so please encourage your students to apply by the deadline!

The Herb Block Scholarship is a “last dollar” scholarship valued at up to $8,000 per academic year and up to $16,000 over the life of the scholarship. It is awarded to about 100 students each year and can cover tuition, mandatory fees, books, and limited transportation and childcare expenses. It is a ‘last dollar’ scholarship, meaning that the amount of the award depends on the student’s financial need and the other financial aid the student receives. It is renewable for up to five years, provided the student continues to meet all other eligibility criteria and has not reached the monetary cap.

Students of any age are eligible for The Herb Block Scholarship if they are a high school graduates, GED holders or current community college students, who meet the following criteria:

  • Are US citizens/nationals, Permanent Resident Aliens, have been granted DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) by the US Customs and Immigration Service, or qualify for in-state tuition under the Maryland Dream Act or Virginia Dream Act. (Note: the 2020 Virginia Dream Act refers to the change in VA policy that allowed students who met certain criteria to receive in-state tuition through the SB 935, “Tuition Equity Provision for High School Completers.)
  • Are a primary resident in Washington, DC, or Montgomery or Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, or the Cities of Alexandria or Falls Church, or the Counties of Arlington or Fairfax in Virginia.
  • A US citizen/nationals, Permanent Resident Aliens, have been granted DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) by the US Customs and Immigration Service, or qualify for in-state tuition under the Maryland or Virginia Dream Act
  • are eligible for (but need not necessarily receive) federal financial aid.
  • Are attending, or plan to attend, on a full time or part time basis, one of the participating community colleges, and have not yet earned more than 40 credits towards a degree.
  • Can demonstrate financial need and, if eligible, apply for financial aid.

Visit https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/scholarships to learn more and to apply.

There are many scholarships out there, some with looming deadlines. Check ’em out out at https://nvcc.academicworks.com/.

Originally Posted in the NOVA Daily Flyer by:
Clint Young, Financial Aid, JCYoung@nvcc.edu