Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration

The Garden Club of America (GCA) offers an annual Fellowship in Ecological Restoration. Established in 2000 with funds from the John B. Young Charitable Trust as well as GCA members and clubs, the fellowship’s goal is to support research that will advance knowledge and increase the number of scientists in the important field of ecological restoration, the active healing of the land.

The $8,000 grant is awarded annually to exceptional graduate students to support specialized study in ecological restoration at an accredited U.S. university. Preference will be given to projects that include field research conducted in the United States. A panel of experts associated with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the GCA Scholarship Committee.

For the purposes of this scholarship, The Garden Club of America agrees to the definition of ecological restoration as stated by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).

Selection criteria will include the degree to which the proposed fellowship work addresses the objectives of the GCA,* as well as the excellence of the student’s academic qualifications and person.

Read about the work of current and past Fellowship winners.

*The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.