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The Garden Club of America Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies

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Category: Horticulture & Related Fields

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Application deadline: February 1


To encourage the understanding, development and use of underutilized native plants. Established to encourage the development of research, documentation, and teaching skills in the field of horticulture.

Level of Education

Open to currently and actively enrolled college undergraduates and graduate students, advanced degree candidates, or non- degree-seeking students.


Open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are currently and actively enrolled in a U.S. - based institution. Due to IRS restrictions, GCA is unable to fund awards for international applicants.


Funds one or more scholarships annually at a minimum of $3000 to support study at an accredited college, university, or major botanic garden or arboretum. Projects may include, but are not restricted to, plant propagation, and the acquisition of skills for working with native plant collections, including techniques for incorporating them in managed landscapes. Photographic and written documentation of studies and research projects may be considered.


Selection is by a committee chaired by a Scholarship Vice Chair who may invite others to participate in selection who, by virtue of their background in underutilized native plants, may be a valuable resource to the committee. 


Established in 2017 in cooperation with the family of Montine McDaniel Freeman utilizing surplus funds from the Montine M. Freeman Medal account. 

To Apply

See application and instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically or sent by mail to be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 1st preceding the period of study. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY


The Garden Club of America Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies Fund.


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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