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Garden Club of America: Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany

Date posted: 05/25/2010

Award: $2,000

Field: landscape architecture, horticulture, botany, summer

Eligibility: Advanced undergrad or graduate student in Master's degree

Contact Information:

Name: Connie Yates
Phone: (212) 753-8287
Fax: (212) 753-0134
Address: Garden Club of America 14 East 60th Street New York, NY 10022-1002
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Purpose: To promote the importance of botany to horticulture by encouraging young men and women to study field botany in the US, and to offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the field beyond the regular course of study. History: Following the death of his wife, Joan Hunt, Torrence Miller Hunt, Sr. decided to remember her with a donation to the GCA Scholarship Program. During her lifetime, Joan was a director from Zone V, an active member of the Garden Club of Allegheny County, and loved her association with her club and the GCA. Members of the GCAC agreed. It was decided that the scholarship would be named in honor of Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt, beloved members of the Garden Club of Allegheny County and outstanding women of Pittsburgh. Rachel M. Hunt, the mother of Torrence M. Hunt, Sr., was a director of The Garden Club of America from 1934-1939, and a founding member and president of the Garden Club of Allegheny County. One half of the funding would come from the Garden Club of Allegheny County and the balance would come from Torrence M. Hunt, Sr. Funding was completed in January 2003 and the first Hunt Scholar was named that March. Provisions: Provides $2500 annually to one student for summer study in the field. (Award amount was increased from $1500 in 2008 and $2000 in 2015). Study may be for credit or beyond the regular course of study. The specific course of study and the location are chosen by the student. Some suggested studies include: assisting a botanist with field studies assisting a botanist with plant inventories plant monitoring in a national forest internship on a special project in a botanical garden Eligibility: Open to undergraduates and graduate students up to the masters degree level with preference given to undergraduate students. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited United States institution, college or university.

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