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Plant $eeds of the Future Scholarship

by Erin Dowling Porter

Local contact:  Melissa Beers



Editorial Contact:  Kathie Jones

Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.

413-458- 2886,

Apply Now Through February for Garden Club Federation "Plant $eeds of the Future" Scholarships


The GCFM is currently accepting scholarship applications from qualified high school seniors, college students, and graduate students for 11 different scholarships. And its parent organization, National Garden Clubs, Inc.(NGC), is offering additional scholarships to Massachusetts college juniors, seniors, and graduate students sponsored by the GCFM. In 2012, GCFM awarded eleven  $1,000 scholarships, and the two Massachusetts students sponsored by the GCFM received NGC scholarships. 

Scholarships are available for students majoring in agronomy, biology, botany, city planning, conservation, environmental studies, floriculture, forestry, horticulture, land management, landscape design, and allied subjects. Three of the scholarships require that the student attend the University of Massachusetts, while the rest are unrestricted.  

The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2013. Applicants must be residents of Massachusetts, have a minimum grade average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), exhibit good character, and demonstrate financial need. Applications, financial aid forms and scholarship descriptions can be downloaded from our website at  

National Garden Club Scholarships  

Every year National Garden Clubs awards additional scholarships of $3,500 each. These are available to Massachusetts college juniors, seniors, and masters graduate students who are sponsored by GCFM. To be eligible, applicants must have at least a 3.25 GPA (on a 4.0-point scale) and be majoring in agriculture education, agronomy, botany, biology, city (rural and urban) planning, economics, environmental conservation, floriculture, forestry, horticulture, land management, landscape design, plant pathology/science, wildlife science, and/or other related or allied subjects. 

Students wishing to apply for NGC scholarships should also apply for the GCFM scholarships. NGC application forms are available at and are also due March 1, 2013. 

For further inquiries, please contact the GCFM Scholarship Secretary Kathie Jones by email at or  at 413-458-2886. 

About the GCFM 

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, which operates under the auspices of National Garden Clubs, Inc., is a service organization made up of 190 clubs throughout the Commonwealth, with a membership of 12,000 dedicated to education in, and appreciation of, horticulture, landscape and floral design, gardening, and environmental concerns. In many, if not most, communities, garden clubs are the principal force behind beautifying and improving public spaces and decorating public buildings for the holidays and summertime.