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Scholarship Opportunities


The American Public Gardens Association is expanding and diversifying scholarship opportunities for our Members to further their journey and support the Association’s Professional Development goal of “a roadmap to leadership at all levels.” These scholarships will enable a student, emerging- or mid-career professional an opportunity to network, be inspired by new ideas, and advance their skills by covering registration and reimbursing travel and related costs to attend one of the Association’s regional symposia or the Annual Conference.  

2018 Scholarships

Currently open for submissions:


The Garden Club of America 2018 Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship

A fellowship/grant opportunity offered in partnership with the Garden Club of America

The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture will award up to a $5,000 grant to a student enrolled in a graduate-level university program to study public horticulture through experiential learning that takes place at a recognized public garden, botanic garden, arboretum, or other closely aligned public horticulture institution in the United States. 

This year's submission deadline is January 31, 2018. The application can be found here


General Scholarship Information

Scholarship awards will be applied towards reimbursable hotel/travel and related costs to attend a regional symposium (max. $650) or Annual Conference ($1,500). Number of scholarships awarded is dependent on funds available.

Priority Scholarship Member Segments (one of any of the following):

  • Institutional Member individuals* at one of these specific stages of their professional development:
    • Entry-level attendee
    • Mid-level management
    • Aspiring or emerging leaders
  • 1st time attendee to an Association symposium or Annual Conference
  • Students currently enrolled in a university program who have/had an existing internship or paid work affiliation with a member garden

*Consideration is given to:

  • Degree of individual and/ or institutional financial need
  • Issues of equity - diversity/inclusion/economic
  • Institutional Members employed by smaller-budget ($1.5M and under) gardens
  • Strength of institutional support for scholarship applicant

Application Criteria:

1. All applicants must be employed by, or serve in an intern capacity with, an Institutional Member in good standing with the Association.

2. Some scholarships have specific additional criteria. Please be sure to review all criteria before applying for any scholarship program to ensure eligibility.

3. Applications must be accompanied by all of the following:

  • A current resume or CV.
  •  A 300-word narrative from the applicant stating rationale for seeking a scholarship opportunity demonstrating the applicant's interest in furthering his or her professional skills through attendance at a chosen conference or symposium.
  • A reference letter signed by the Institutional Member's chief executive indicating support for the applicant's leadership, scholarship need, and potential success in the field of public garden management.

4. Only one scholarship application per person per application cycle will be considered.


Spring Cycle Timeline

Open February 1, 2018 for March 2, 2018 deadline to attend:

2018 Spring Symposium

Finance & Operations Symposium 
March 21-23, Huntsville, AL

Read more about our 2018 Symposia here.

Annual Conference 2018
June 4-8, Southern California

Read more about the 2018 Annual Conference here.


Fall Cycle Timeline

Open July 2, 2018 for August 3, 2018 deadline to attend:

2018 Fall Symposia

From the Ground Up - Keeping Horticulture Alive through Grounds and Infrastructure Management
October 9-12, Tulsa, OK

Collect. Cultivate. Curate.
Excellence in Plant Collections Management
October 16-18, Vancouver, Canada

Read more about our 2018 Symposia here.

2019 Spring Symposia

Development and Membership Symposium
February 27-March 1, Atlanta, GA


Garden Scholars Fund
Scholarships for Annual Conference or regional symposia.
See General Scholarship Information (above) for criteria.

The Leichtag Scholarship
Scholarships for Annual Conference or regional symposia.

Open to:

  • Students currently enrolled in a horticulture or related area of study who have/had an existing internship or paid work affiliation with a member garden; OR
  • Staff members working in horticulture or a related area for a member garden with not less than one (1) or more than three (3) years of experience
  • Priority given to underrepresented/underserved applicants from Southern California, especially from San Diego County. However, applicants from throughout Association membership will also be considered.