GWA Foundation 2016 Scholarship Applications Open

The GWA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, continues our commitment to provide financial assistance to deserving students who wish to pursue or further a career in horticultural communications! This year’s scholarship awards will range from $500 or $2,000 per student and includes a complimentary full year membership to GWA. Students must be enrolled in either of two categories:

Community Colleges & Technical Schools

The GWA Foundation Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship is made in recognition of Kathleen Fisher who was the editor of The American Gardener, the journal of the American Horticultural Society. It is given annually in the amount of $500 to any full-time or part-time post secondary student, including technical schools and community colleges, majoring in horticulture, plant science or journalism, with an interest in garden communications.

Colleges & Universities

GWA Foundation general scholarship grants are provided for college-level juniors or seniors enrolled as a full-time student majoring in horticulture, plant science or journalism, with an interest in garden communication, including garden photography. General scholarships are given annually and vary in number (2-6) and amount ($250-$2,000) depending on the earnings of the scholarship endowment. It is beneficial for horticulture or plant science majors to have taken courses in journalism and vice-versa, although exceptions will be made.

View the full scholarship guideline and criteria here


In recent years, over $90,000 has been awarded to outstanding students. Grants range from $250 to over $2,000 per student at the discretion of the GWA Foundation Board of Directors. At a minimum, one $500 scholarship will be given under the GWA Foundation’s Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded directly to the institutions on behalf of students.


For questions, please contact Ashley Hodak Sullivan, GWA Foundation Executive Director at or 212.297.2198.

More information is available online at


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