Scholarships and Awards


Garden club of america scholarships

The Joan K. hunt and rachel m. hunt summer scholarship in Field Botany

Established in 2003, this scholarship encourages the study of field botany beyond the regular course of study, thus promoting the importance of botany to horticulture. Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt were very active and dedicated members of GCA and the Garden Club of Allegheny County.

Mary Elizabeth Patterson, the 2017 Hunt Scholar, is a master's student in plant biology and conservation at Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Her project is titled "Monitoring Protocol for Packeria layneae: a Federally Threatened Species."  Her fieldwork will focus on developing a long-term monitoring protocol for Packeria layneae, also known as Layne's ragwort or Layne's butterweed, a threatened species endemic to California. Tahoe National Forest botanists and other managers of P. layneae will use the protocol to monitor the species' longterm demographics.  
[From GCA Scholarship website]



garden club of allegheny county scholarship

Botany in action fellowship
At Phipps conservatory and botanical gardens

The Mission of Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens is to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and worldwide biodiversity through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.

The Botany in Action Fellowship program is in it’s 21st year, with fellowships awarded to plant-based PhD students conducting research and outreach efforts in the US and abroad.  

GCAC funds one Botany in Action Fellow annually.

Toby Liss, recipient of the 2017 Paula Sculley Botany in Action Fellowship, will study The Role of Plant Assemblage Diversity in Evapotranspiration: A Novel Application to Enhance Green Roof Funtion.  
Read more about Toby's work HERE.
Read more about the Paula Sculley BIA Fellowship HERE

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How to apply for a GCA Scholarship

The GCA offers more than 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 academic areas.  Visit the GCA Scholarship website page for more information on the scholarships available and the application process unique to each one.  

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garden club of america commendation awards proposed by GCAC

Dr. Cynthia Morton was awarded the Garden Club of America Club Conservation Commendation Award in appreciation for her study and analysis of the importance of genetic diversity among tree populations in the Pittsburgh area.

Tree Pittsburgh was awarded the Garden Club of America Club Civic Improvement Commendation Award in appreciation for protecting and growing the city of Pittsburgh's urban forest.