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The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

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Category: Summer Environmental Study

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Application deadline: February 5


To promote environmental studies by students who are residents of New Jersey or nonresidents studying in New Jersey or its surrounding waters. 

Level of Education

Open to current and actively enrolled college students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, non-degree-seeking students, or those actively enrolled in continuing education programs at a US-based institution. 


Applicants must be either: 

a) residents of New Jersey studying in New Jersey or elsewhere, or 

b) nonresidents of New Jersey pursuing study, or conducting research in the state or in New Jersey's adjacent waters. 

Due to IRS restrictions, GCA is unable to fund awards for international applicants.


Provides $3000 in financial assistance to one or more scholars annually for summer environmental studies selected by the applicants. 


Applicants will be reviewed by members of GCA Scholarship Selection Committee, including the Zone IV Scholarship Representatives. 


In 2003, Frances Starr Todd determined that a fitting tribute to her great grandmother, Caroline Thorn Kissel, would be a GCA scholarship dedicated to environmental study relating to Mrs. Kissel’s beloved State of New Jersey. It was Mrs. Todd’s wish that the scholarship be named for her great grandmother. The funding was provided by Mrs. Todd, a Trustee of the Abbey K. Starr Charitable Trust, Gladstone, New Jersey, in December, 2003. The first Kissel Scholar was named in March of 2004.

To Apply

See application and information. Applications must be submitted electronically or sent by mail to be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 5 preceding the summer of study. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.


The Caroline Thorn Kissel Environmental Studies Scholarship Fund is managed by the GCA.


The Garden Club of America, attn: Scholarship Applications, 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1006. Phone: 212-753-8287 / email:

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