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, and also provides internship opportunities before graduation. There are more than 20 scholarships awarded annually, and three separate paid internships (with scholarships of up to $6,000) for those interested in commercial production, retail floral operations, and wholesale/distribution channels. 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.
American Landscape Institute (ALI)
The Institute is a unique training and development program for individuals interested in entering the horticulture industry. The program combines hands-on field experience, mentoring from industry leaders, and scholarships for a quality education from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). The combination of practical experience and academic studies, over two years, prepares the participants for advanced responsibilities and promotion. ALI provides an 80% college tuition scholarship. Students are responsible for the remaining 20% tuition, which will be returned to the students who successfully complete the program.
Learn more about the American Landscape Institute Scholarship and Training Program.
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.
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.
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden offers 6 paid horticulture internships beginning late spring or early summer. Internships are either 3 months or 6 months in duration.
- Gain hands-on experience working with experts in the field
- Attend weekly intern meetings and educational seminars
- Travel on field trips to other regional horticultural attractions
- Focus on various aspects of public gardening
Learn more about the Chicago Botanic Garden's Internships.
Garden Club of America (GCA)
The GCA offers 28 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.
Coastal Wetland Studies - The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Conservation and Ecological Restoration:
Desert Studies - The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
Garden History and Design:
Horticulture and Related Fields:
International Work and Study - The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
Landscape Architecture - The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Native Bird Habitat - The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Pollinator Research - The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship
Summer Environmental Study:
Urban Forestry - The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Independent Garden Club Scholarships - Allamanda Garden Club, North Port, FL
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.
- 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.
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.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers summer internships to students in a hands-on program that includes rotating work with landscape gardeners, meetings with Arboretum staff and working on special horticulture projects that help students learn and improve the Arboretum. Students enrolled in Plant Science or Food Systems at the University of Minnesota can apply for the Landscape Scholars program which includes a scholarship and a chance to study and learn about special horticultural topics at the Arboretum. For more information see Horticulture Internships at the Minnesota Landscape 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 Undergraduate 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 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 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.
Seed Your Future
The Seed Your Future Communications Intern will support key functions to advance the strategic plan for the movement – including creating awareness around careers in horticulture, driving engagement through the website and social media, and building the capacity of the movement. Key to the position is supporting the value proposition to intrigue the target audience with the aspirational basis for why they should care about horticulture and careers working with plants; and why they should want to learn more. This position will be integral to amplifying the horticulture message within our target audiences (tweens, their teachers and their parents), with the goal to show new and unexpected possibilities of horticulture in an eye-catching, relatable and achievable way.
The Seed Your Future Communications Intern is an internship for the movement, provided by Longwood Gardens. The internship is based in Kennett Square, PA and will work remotely with staff and volunteers based across the country. This is a twelve month internship. Beginning in May 2019.
Learn more about the Seed Your Future Communications Internship.
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.
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.
Western Reserve Herb Society
- Frances Sylvia Zverina Horticulture Scholarship - This horticulture scholarship is open to citizens of the United States who have completed the 2nd/Sophomore year of undergraduate study. The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university in the State of Ohio and have achieved a grade point average of 3.2 or above. The scholarship award of $12,500 will be made to the student who demonstrates financial need and plans a career in horticulture and allied fields. Learn more about the Frances Sylvia Zverina Horticulture Scholarship.
- Western Reserve Herb Society Horticulture Scholarship - This horticulture scholarship is open to citizens of the United States who have completed the 2nd/Sophomore year of undergraduate study. The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university and have achieved a grade point average of 3.2 or above. The scholarship award of $10,000 will be made to the student who demonstrates financial need and plans a career in horticulture and allied fields. Learn more about the Western Reserve Herb Society Horticulture Scholarship.
Williamson College of the Trades
At Williamson College of the Trades (Penn.) all students attend on full scholarships that cover tuition, room, and board. Admission is open to all qualifying young men, but special consideration is given to those who come from families of financial need and would otherwise not be able to further their education. With approximately 100 students offered admissions, the Horticulture, Landscaping & Turf Management program accepts approximately 16 students each year.
Learn more about Williamson College of the Trades Scholarships.