The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

Garden Club of America

The scholarship originated in in 1966 when the Rockefeller Fund was established to foster environmental education. In 1999, wetlands conservation was chosen to be fostered by Mrs. Edward Elliman, a member of the Rockefeller family and the Hortulus Garden Club. This program was designed to support graduate-level field-based research in coastal wetlands.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Must be enrolled in a graduate program
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • College:
    Must be enrolled in a graduate program at a university within the U.S.
  • Major/Career:
    Open to graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in coastal wetlands science.
  • Miscellaneous:
    Field-based study must be in coastal wetlands in the U.S., defined as tidal or nontidal wetlands within the coastal states, including the Great Lake states.

Application Details

  • Judging Criteria:
    Award selection is based on the technical merit of proposed work and degree to which the work is relevant to the Garden Club objective of promoting wetlands conservation.
  • Transcript:
    Not required
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Not required
  • Recommendation Letters:
    Letter of Endorsement from Applicant's Major Professor/Advisor - The advisor should email this letter directly to the GCA Award Committee at by Jan 15 with the name of the applicant and "GCA reference letter" in the subject line.The letter should: Identify the student Indicate the status of the student in the graduate degree program Evaluate the students ability as an independent researcher
  • Other Materials:
    A completed online application form;Project Information - No more than 5 pages including references. Use 12 point or larger font. Submit as a Word document or pdf to;Vita - No more than 2 pages. Submit as a Word document or pdf to;Relevant education, work, and volunteerexperience;Publications and presentations;Career goals;Names and contact information for 3 references ;

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