Now is the time to apply for the Lenox Garden Club Scholarship.
Lenox Garden Club Scholarship
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2022
Who is eligible?
Any Berkshire County resident who is a graduating senior attending high school in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and who is in the process of applying to an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical program is eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship offered by the Lenox Garden Club. The scholarship reflects the club's mission to develop and stimulate interest and participation in horticulture, floral design, civic beautification, and environmental concerns.
What are the criteria? How do I apply?
Students with a curiosity about the natural world are invited to demonstrate their interest in pursuing studies leading to a career in horticulture or environmental conservation, broadly defined. Applicants need not be ready to declare a particular major but must be planning to enroll in post-secondary courses in an academic field of study that provides a deep understanding of people and plants, and their ecological relationships and interdependencies.
For example, scholarship applicants may be interested in taking courses in the biological sciences (e.g., botany, zoology, horticulture, agriculture, environmental studies) or other fieldwork-based disciplines (e.g., geology, oceanography, anthropology) that provide practical experience and research skills to explore areas such as food systems, urban forestry, or the environmental protection of plants, wildlife, and pollinators. Some students may want to learn about landscape design and restoration or the historic preservation of gardens and natural habitats. Others may wish to address civic issues or social justice by studying the creative arts or education.
Applicants should describe how such areas of study fit into their academic plans in an essay of 250–500 words (one or two double-spaced pages), accompanied by the application form below.
What can the scholarship be used for? Are there any restrictions?
Scholarship funds are unrestricted, intended to cover basic expenses pertaining to course work (books, supplies, software, computer technology, etc.).
When are funds disbursed? What are expectations of the recipient?
Scholarship monies will be disbursed after the awardee has been accepted by an accredited institution of higher education and enrolled in classes offered during the fall 2022 semester. Proof of matriculation must include a copy of course registration or other official documentation. Prior to the start of classes, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Lenox Garden Club's scholarship committee representative to claim the award.
The Lenox Garden Club is an all‐volunteer, nonprofit organization, one of nearly 200 member clubs of the Garden Club of America. Scholarship application materials can be found at: www.lenoxgardenclub.net/community/highschoolscholarship.html
The Garden Club of America awards annually more than $300,000 in scholarships and fellowships to support conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research by undergraduate and graduate students as well as practicing professionals. For more information, visit: www.gcamerica.org/scholarships