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Garden Club of America: Awards in Tropical Botany

Date posted: 05/25/2010

Award: $5,500

Field: tropical botany, horticulture, science

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates at American universities, conducting field research in tropical botany

Contact Information:

Name: Andrea Santy, Senior Program Officer
Phone: (202) 495-4447
Address: Conservation Leadership Programs World Wildlife Fund 1250 24th Street, NW Washington, DC 20037
Web site:

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History, Arundel Scholarship: The first GCA Awards in Tropical Botany were established in 1983 with a five-year incentive grant of $50,000 from the Wildcat Foundation. They were created by Mrs. Russell Arundel, horticulturist and dedicated environmentalist from the Warrenton (Virginia) Garden Club, and provided for two $5,000 grants a year so that doctoral candidates could pursue independent field study in the tropics. During that five-year period, over 100 applications were received for the grants. In 1989 the GCA Executive Committee voted to establish the awards on a permanent basis, and subsequently allocated $100,000 to fund the Arundel Scholarship. History, Visiting Gardens Scholarship: The Visiting Gardens Scholarship was established in addition to the Arundel Scholarship with a $100,000 donation from the Visiting Gardens Committee. These monies represented donations to the GCA by participants in the Visiting Gardens' trips. Purpose: To promote the preservation of tropical forests by enlarging the body of botanists with field experience. Provisions: Provides two or more grants of $5500 annually to enable field study in tropical botany. (Award amounts were increased from $5000 in 1994.) Generally, one grant is awarded in the area of tropical plant systematics and a second is awarded in tropical forest ecology. Eligibility: Open to students who anticipate completing the requirements for a Ph.D. in Botany within two years. Applicants must already be Ph.D. candidates enrolled at a US university. Application must be postmarked by January 15.

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