October 15, 2013

The GWA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the Garden Writers Association, has committed funding to provide financial assistance to deserving students for the SPRING TERM 2014. Students must be enrolled in either of two categories:

Community Colleges & Technical Schools (Freshmen through Senior): The GWAF Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship is made in recognition of Kathleen Fisher who was the editor of The American Gardener, the journal of the American Horticultural Society. It is given annually in the amount of $500 to any full-time or part-time post-secondary student, including technical schools and community colleges, majoring in Horticulture, Plant Science or Journalism, with an interest in garden communications.

Colleges & Universities (Juniors & Seniors): GWAF general scholarship grants are provided for college-level juniors or seniors enrolled as a full-time student majoring in Horticulture, Plant Science or Journalism, with an interest in garden communication, including garden photography. General scholarships are given annually and vary in number (2-6) and amount ($250-$2,000) depending on the earnings of the scholarship endowment. It is beneficial for Horticulture or Plant Science majors to have taken courses in Journalism and vice-versa, although exceptions will be made.

Scholarships will be awarded directly to the institutions on behalf of students. Please refer to the enclosed Scholarship Guidelines. The deadline for scholarship applications is December 2, 2013. The Garden Writers Association Foundation Board of Directors will award scholarships and inform the selected institutions and students by December 20, 2013. Scholarship funds will be paid by January 6, 2014.

In recent years, over $79,000 has been awarded to outstanding students. Grants range from $250 to over $2,000 per student at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. At a minimum, one $500 scholarship will be given under the GWAF’s Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship. A total of up to $6,000 in general scholarship funding for variable grants is available for the Spring Term of 2014.

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