Garden Club of America Fellowship in Urban Forestry

Through generous donations from its members and Casey Trees of Washington DC, the Garden Club of America offers a fellowship in urban forestry for qualified U.S. students.

The Garden Club of America strives to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.

Eligibility: This fellowship in Urban Forestry is available to one or more graduate or advanced undergraduate students studying urban forestry, environmental studies, horticulture, forestry, or related courses of study with a special interest in the urban forest. An award of $5,000 is provided and a recipient may reapply for an additional year. Students must be enrolled during the academic year following the award decision. You may only apply to one GCA scholarship program per year.

Purpose and Focus: With this fellowship the Garden Club of America seeks to forward their goal of advancing our knowledge of urban forests and increasing the number of scientists in the field of urban forestry. The Garden Club of America has a history of interest in the health of the urban forest and would like to support young scientists in their undergraduate and graduate studies in this field. The study areas of interest are far reaching, including urban forest management and planning as well as tree biology issues that will move urban forest science forward.

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University composed of urban forestry educators, scientists, and professionals. The Garden Club of America then makes its final selection and notifies recipients.

Application Process

Notice to 2016 Applicants: The GCA Fellowship in Urban Forestry will be moving to a new academic home sometime in 2015. Applications for 2016 will be directed to the new host institution. Although eligibility and selection criteria will remain the same, application forms and recommendation requests will likely change. As soon as the new scholarship site is up and running, we will post a redirect link here. Virginia Tech’s urban forestry program has hosted the fellowship for the past ten years and feel it is time to pass the baton on to another institution. We have greatly enjoyed working with fellowship applicants and recipients and wish everyone the best in pursuing a career in the world of urban trees.
–Susan D. Day, GCA Urban Forestry Fellowship Panel Chair

Applicants should complete EITHER the undergraduate or graduate electronic application form. A letter of recommendation is welcome, however, all applications must include an Academic Advisor Recommendation form (.pdf or .doc) completed and signed by the student's faculty advisor and submitted to:

GCA Fellowship in Urban Forestry
c/o Virginia Tech Urban Forestry
310 Cheatham Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061 -0324

Application Deadline: January 31st (application is complete when both online application and printed advisor recommendation form are received). Final award decisions are made in late March. Fellowship recipients will receive official notification of their award from the Garden Club of America.

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Application Deadline January 31st

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