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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.  


The 2018 Spring Cycle has closed. Scholarship decisions for the 2018 Annual Conference will be communicated in early April. 


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). 

Priority Scholarship Member Segments:

  • Staff from member gardens at one of these specific stages on their roadmap to professional development:
    • Intern/Recent Intern
    • Entry-level/Career launch
    • 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 and Considerations:

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

2. Some scholarships have specific additional criteria and/or considerations. Please be sure to review all criteria and instructions 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. [Note: The Kittleman Scholarship application outlines more specific narrative considerations. These may be found on the application form.]
  • A reference letter signed by the member garden'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.


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.


Scholarships Available:

Garden Scholars Fund
Scholarships for Annual Conference or regional symposia; number awarded dependent on funds available.

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.


The Longwood Fellows Program Scholarship
Scholarships for Annual Conference or regional symposia*.

Open to:

  • Staff members working in the field of public horticulture for a member garden with not less than three (3) or more than five (5) years of related work experience; and

  • First-time attendees of the American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference or Professional Development symposium.


The Kittleman Scholarship for Aspiring Public Garden Leaders
Two Scholarships to attend the 2018 Annual Conference.

Open to:

  • Individuals with at least seven (7) years of previous work experience in a public garden or related field, and currently employed by a Member Institution; and
  • Aspirations to lead or direct a public garden in the future.


The Bartlett Tree Research Scholarship
Two scholarships to attend 2018 Symposia.

Open to:

  • Students or staff members working in/on horticulture and/or arboriculture (preferred; but not required) at a member garden for less then 3 years; and who will be
  • First-time attendees to an Association conference or symposium


2019 Spring Symposia

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


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 was January 31, 2018.