Scholarships and Internships

Many organizations and businesses offer scholarships to study horticulture, gardening, floriculture, landscape design, urban gardening, and many more options in the world of plants!  Some scholarships are for formal education at colleges and universities, others are continuing education and certification programs. Check out the offerings below.

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American Floral Endowment (AFE)

AFE awards scholarships for floriculture and horticulture students. There are more than 20 scholarships awarded annually. Scholarships are intended for sophomore through graduate level college students pursuing degrees in floriculture and horticultural fields only. Learn more about American Floral Endowment Scholarships.

AmericanHort

HortScholars is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. HortScholars spend seven days on-site at Cultivate'17 (the industry's largest all-industry event in North America). HortScholars meet as a group and individually with industry professionals, attend educational sessions, and network at various social events. The experience designed to help students make connections and find jobs and internships. Learn more about AmericanHort's HortScholars program.

American Horticultural Society (AHS)

AHS horticultural internships are open to anyone interested in a career in horticulture, with preference given to those pursuing a degree or who have completed a degree in horticulture, or a related field. Learn more about American Horticultural Society Internship Programs.

American Public Gardens Association (APGA)

  • The APGA web site offers an online tool to assist students in finding internships at public gardens. Learn more about the American Public Gardens Association Career Center Internship search tool.
  • Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship - A fellowship/grant opportunity offered in partnership with the Garden Club of America. This fellowship in public horticulture awards 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. Learn more about the Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship.

American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)

The ASHS Scholars Award recognizes and supports scholastic achievement and encourages career development in horticultural science at the undergraduate level. Learn more about the American Society for Horticultural Science Scholars Award.

Association for Zoological Horticulture (AZH)

The Association of Zoological Horticulture recognizes the importance of the professional standing of those working in the specialized field of zoo horticulture. AZH promotes the contributions made by horticulture to the success of zoos and the establishment of effective habitat exhibits. AZH works to encourage persons to make zoo horticulture their vocation. To this end, AZH has established the AZH Internship Program to assist zoos in accomplishing projects that enhance the zoo experience and bring attention to the importance of horticulture. Learn more about the Association for Zoological Horticulture Internship Program.

Ball Horticultural Company

Ball Horticultural Company encourages the next generation to explore the world of horticulture. Each year, internship opportunities are available in North America in their many business divisions: product development, marketing, research, sales, garden design, and more. Learn more by contacting the Ball Horticultural Company Human Resources Department.

Bartlett Tree Foundation, Inc.

The Bartlett Tree Foundation, Inc. provides financial assistance for students of arboriculture, horticulture, forestry, and related disciplines at both two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Bartlett scholarship endowments include over 29 institutions across the U.S. Learn more about Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarships.

California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers

The CANERS Foundation – the Endowment for Research and Scholarship of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers – has funded over $1 million in scholarships for students pursuing careers in horticulture.  Students who are interested in pursuing an education and career in horticulture to all two year and four year colleges from which a horticulture degree can be obtained are eligible to apply.  Learn more about CANERS Foundation scholarships.

California Seed Association (CSA)

Annually, CSA offers three $2500 scholarships to qualified students. Acceptable fields of study include, but are not limited to: Agribusiness with an emphasis in Plant Science, Botany, Plant or Seed Physiology, Plant Science and Soil Science. Special interest in the seed industry is a plus. High school graduating seniors, undergraduate and graduate students enrolling or enrolled on a full-time basis in college or universities in the state of California are eligible.  Learn more about California Seed Association scholarships.

Center for Growing Talent by PMA

The Center for Growing Talent by PMA's Career Pathways programs are designed to attract the best and brightest university students to begin a career in the fresh produce and floral industry. Created in 2004 by Jay Pack and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), the original Pack Family Career Pathways brought the first group of top students and faculty from universities across the country to PMA's Fresh Summit Convention & Expo. Today they have nine programs around the globe that introduce over 150 students a year to the industry. Learn more about the Center for Growing Talent by PMA's Career Pathways Program.

Garden Club of America (GCA)

  • The GCA offers 27 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines which include medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research. Learn more about Garden Club of America Scholarships.
  • Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship - A fellowship/grant opportunity offered in partnership with the American Public Gardens Association. This fellowship in public horticulture awards 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. Learn more about the Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship.

Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)

LAF offers eleven different scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying landscape design and/or landscape architecture.  Learn more about Landscape Architecture Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships.

Longwood Gardens

  • The Longwood Gardens Fellows program is a 13-month, residential learning experience designed for those who have a passion to lead in a public horticulture environment. Learn more about the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program.
  • The Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener program is a two-year tuition-free program offered every year to 8–10 individuals who have obtained at least a high school diploma and have at least one year’s paid horticultural work experience. Learn more about the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program.
  • The Longwood Gardens College and University Internship program is a 3 or 12 month internship opportunity in one specialized area for current college students or those who have graduated within the past year, and are legal U.S. citizens. Learn more about the Longwood Gardens College and University Internship Program.

mikeroweWORKS Foundation

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people. Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals with a desire to learn a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country. Learn more about mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarships.

Morris Arboretum

The Morris Arboretum internship program provides hands-on experience and an education that prepares interns for careers in public gardens and related fields. They offer year-long, full-time internships with full benefits in the areas of: arborist, education, flora, horticulture, natural lands, plant protection, propagation, rose and flower, and urban forestry. Learn more about Morris Arboretum Internships.

The Morton Arboretum

  • The Morton Arboretum offers two paid, institutional internships each summer to students who are interested in pursuing a career at a public garden or arboretum. Learn more about The Morton Arboretum Internship Program.
  • The Center for Tree Science Underrgraduate Research Fellowship Program - Students engage in a formal 10-week summer course bringing them through the steps of a scientific research project, including question development, data collection, analysis, and presentation. Learn more about The Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

National FFA

National FFA scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans. More than 1,800 scholarships are available - some of which do not require membership in FFA.  Learn more about National FFA Scholarships.

National Garden Clubs (NGC)

NGC offers approximately 40 one-year scholarships of $4,000 annually to undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in fields of study related to horticulture and the environment. Applicants must be planning a career related to gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral design or horticulture. Learn more about National Garden Clubs Scholarships.

Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture

PSPA offers The Fred Winter Memorial Award for Excellence in Horticulture, a $2,500 scholarship, which will be given to a full-time student majoring in Horticulture with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must provide evidence of acceptance to graduate school or employment in the horticulture industry. Learn more about The Fred Winter Memorial Award for Excellence in Horticulture.

Proven Winners

Proven Winners awards scholarships to horticulture and floriculture students.  Scholarships are available both to students in 4-year institutions who are sophomores and above, including graduate students; and to students entering or enrolled in technical schools and community colleges.  Ten scholarships are awarded each year.  Learn more about Proven Winners Scholarships.

Scotts Miracle-Gro

Scotts Miracle-Gro offers rewarding, hands on work experience opportunities for students through summer internship programs.  They provide an online search tool for students to seek out summer internship opportunities at their corporate Headquarters in Marysville, Ohio. Learn more about Scotts Miracle-Gro Internships.

TREE Fund

The TREE Fund provides funding for scientific research, education programs, and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Learn more about TREE Fund scholarships.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA offers many student scholarship opportunities. The scholarships provide undergraduate or graduate students with various supports such as tuition assistance, internships, career development, leadership development, mentoring, and/or grants to support research studies. Learn more about USDA Student Scholarships.