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Virginia Green Industry Scholarships

  • Arboriculture
  • Christmas Tree Production
  • Golf Course
  • Garden Center
  • Landscape Contracting
  • Landscape Design
  • Nursery Production
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Urban Forestry
  • General Agriculture Scholarships through State Fair of Virginia
  • Greenhouse and Floriculture
  • Other Associations: Perennial Plant Association
        Southern Nursery Association 2012   (see bottom)

  • Virginia Higher Education Horticulture Program Contacts
               2-year and 4-year programs
    could be right out your window! 
    Find a field you'll love!

  • The LandLovers - Careers in the Green Industry (3 minute Video)
  • A Day in the Life - Landscape Designer (2 minute video)
  • Arborists

    Mid-Atlantic Chapter – International Society of Arboriculture t/a Good Tree Care
    The Arborist scholarship is for urban forestry or related fields. It is a $1,000.00 scholarship for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year students from (TCIA)-Tree Care Industry Association.
    Contact: Robert Rouse, 3 Perimeter Road, Manchester, NH 03103.
    Web address:


    ARBORISTRY® ASSOCIATES, INC. “Performing the Art of Tree & Shrub Care" an arborist firm near Charlottesville, VA and offer a $2,000 scholarship a current student at our local community college, Piedmont Virginia Community College.

    The Arboristry® Integrity scholarship is awarded annually to a current student studying for their Associate of Science degree in physical and natural sciences, with preference given to students specializing in horticulture and students enrolled full time in the Career Studies Certificate in horticulture. The student must holds a 3.0 or higher grade point average. The deadline to apply is early March annually. Interested students can find the application online on the PVCC Educational Foundation Web page at or call 434-961-5226.

    Read more about the scholarship on our website.

    Urban Forestry                     [Top]

    Over 30 scholarships are offered to Virginia Tech Natural Resources students. The total scholarship amount disbursed last year was $172,000. For Urban Forestry students, the Bartlett and Foster scholarships offer $4,000/year. Urban Forestry students are also eligible for the other scholarships listed. We are in the process of creating a webpage with this information, advisors can contact me or Suzie Leslie ( ) for more information. The Forestry Department can be found on the web at . Or Brian Kane, Ph.D., Asst. Prof. of Arboriculture & Urban Forestry VPI, Blacksburg, VA 24061,

    Christmas Tree Production

    Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association (VCTGA) is an association of professional Christmas tree growers interested in the expansion of the farming industry by growing and marketing quality trees. Through our support of research and education, we strive to improve the numbers, quality and types of trees available to the fresh market.
    A $750 educational scholarship will be awarded annually to a student (junior, senior or graduate student) majoring in forestry or horticulture at an accredited college or university. Deadline for application is April 1
    Application can be found on the VCTGA web site.  (  )

    Nursery, Garden Center & Landscape            [Top]

    Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
    The Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association offers two $1,500 scholarships to students in the horticulture program at Virginia Tech in the names of David E Laird Sr. and A. S. Gresham Jr. and they are administered by the Virginia Tech Horticulture department. Contact: Alan McDaniel at  540-231-5781 website:

    The Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association also offers it’s new Shoosmith Scholarships, currently three $1,500 scholarships and two $750 scholarships, which are administered and awarded by the VNLA to Virginia residents enrolling, or already enrolled in horticulture programs in community colleges and universities in Virginia. Deadline April 1.   or 1-800-476-0055,

    The American Nursery & Landscape Association's Horticultural Research Institute has four scholarships available to students studying horticulture, landscaping and other related nursery industry studies.  Each year we offer awards from $1,000 to $4,000 or more.  
    Their scholarship website is:
    Due May1

    bulletTimothy Bigelow and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship
    bulletCarville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship
    bulletSpring Meadow Nursery Scholarship
    bulletMuggets Scholarship
    bulletThe Usrey Family Scholarship
    (Please note: Eligibility requirements are different for each scholarship.  All scholarship applications are due April 1st of each year.)

    Northern Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
    The NVNLA gives an annual scholarship of $2,500 to a VA Tech Horticulture undergrad. student from this part of the state Northern Virginia NOVA). We also give an annual $500 scholarship to a student enrolled in any college program of study related to the Green Industry who is employed by one of our member companies. The candidates are nominated by their employers. 

    Hampton Roads Nursery & Landscape Association
    In order to support future generations of horticulturists, the Hampton Roads Nursery and Landscape Association presents scholarships to qualified local college students who are pursuing a career in horticulture. Two scholarships are given each year:
    The A.J. Lancaster Memorial Scholarship for $1,500
    The HRNLA Scholarship for $1,500
    Contact: 757-422-2117,

    Central Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
    CVNLA "Harry Johnson Memorial" Scholarship Fund  (formerly named The Albert J. "Bert' Shoosmith Scholarship)

     - The CVNLA consists of members who are committed to improving and expanding the field of horticulture. To promote this commitment, the CVNLA has established a scholarship which encourages students to pursue a career in horticulture. Students must reside in Central Virginia and be pursuing a degree in Landscape Design or Horticulture. Preference is given to those individuals planning to work or have had prior work experience with a firm who is a member of the CVNLA.
    Horticulture students enrolled at J. Sergeant Community College may seek an application from Dr. Len Morrow, Professor of Horticulture, or Ms. Rose Liggan, Scholarship coordinator for JSRCC. Applications must be received by January 30 of each year.
    The $500.00 scholarship will be awarded in May of each year for the following semester.
    Contact:  Ph: 804-784-0859

    ALCA Educational Foundation (AEF)
    Students who are enrolled in landscape/horticulture programs at two-year and four-year colleges and universities across the nation are eligible. These schools must have an ALCA accredited landscape contracting curriculum, be an ALCA Student Chapter member, or participate in the ALCA Student Career Days. The application deadline is January 21 Contact: (800) 395-2522 Adobe PDF Application

    Project EverGreen Because Green Matters Scholarship Program
    Two deserving students in a green industry related field will be awarded $2,500.00 scholarships from the new Project EverGreen Because Green Matters Scholarship Program. The scholarships are open to undergraduate college students pursuing a career in the green industry. To qualify, students must major or minor in a green industry related field such as horticulture, plant sciences, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, water management, etc. Eligibility, as determined by a committee made up of members of the Project EverGreen Board of Directors, extends to two and four year program students attending institutions that offer turf, landscape and golf management curriculums. Applications are due June 1 and may be downloaded from


    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Horticultural Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for its scholarships and grants to students and educators studying horticulture, arboriculture, nursery and greenhouse production, floriculture, forestry, landscape architecture, turfgrass management or other green industries in Virginia are currently available. The two types of scholarships provide financial assistance for college tuition and registration fees to attend the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course held annually in Virginia Beach. Applications must be received by October 1, and the scholarships will be awarded in December.

    NEW Tom Eaton Scholarship ($2,000) – Tom Eaton was an active and invaluable member of the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course board. In his memory, the Tom Eaton Scholarship was established in 2008 to help defray educational expenses for an exceptional college student pursuing a degree in any horticultural field along with registration fees for the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course. Travel reimbursements are available if the recipient lives more than 50 miles from the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course site.

    The College Scholarship provides $1,500 for college tuition reimbursement along with registration for the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course. Travel reimbursements are available for recipients living more than 50 miles from the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course site.

    The Educators’ Travel Scholarship (for teachers) provides registration fees for the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course. Travel reimbursements are available for recipients living more than 50 miles from the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course site.

    Information and applications are available online at  or by calling 757-523-4734.

    The Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course is one of the nation’s most comprehensive horticulture educational programs with more than 70 professional horticulture and business speakers and a choice of more than 160 sessions related to the green Industry. The Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course is produced by The Virginia Horticultural Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides educational programs to assist and inform the general public and professionals in effective and efficient horticultural pursuits, landscaping, environmental concerns and general gardening activities.


    Landscape Design                      [Top]

    The Virginia Society of Landscape Designers provides a $500 annual scholarship.
    The scholarship program is intended as an educational aid for a qualified student who intends to pursue a career in Virginia as a landscape designer. Preference will be given to students attending J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Tidewater Community College, and /or Virginia Western Community College.
    Contact:  and forms

    Turfgrass                                      [Top]

    Virginia State Golf Association - Virginia Turf Foundation
    The VSGA/VTF Scholarship Program was founded to assist undergraduate students who are studying Turfgrass Management at Virginia Tech with the goal of becoming golf course superintendents or to work in the golf turf industry. Graduate students engaged in golf turf-related research are also eligible for support. This program is funded by the Virginia Golf Foundation and is administered in cooperation with the Virginia Turf Foundation. Contact: Tom Tracy,

    CSES Turf Scholarship Opportunities
    The following scholarships are available for students who have an interest in turfgrass management. These scholarships are awarded at the beginning of the winter semester each year and are administered through the Virginia Tech Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences Scholarship Committee. In total $5,750 in scholarships will be awarded by the Scholarship Committee to deserving students in turfgrass management. Scholarships may be awarded to students from other academic departments, however, these students must be interested in a career in the turf industry and be working toward a minor in the CSES Department. Note: there is one scholarship that is only open to Agricultural Technology Landscape/Turf option students, the Robert P. Ruff Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Contact: Dr. J.R. McKenna at 

    W.S. “Bill” Connelly Scholarship
    A $750 scholarship awarded to an exemplary student who excels in agronomics, turfgrass, or ornamental studies in honor of the founder of Landscape Supply Inc. It is presented each January at the Virginia Turfgrass Council Conference and Trade Show in Richmond.

    General Agriculture                   [Top]


    Benefited youth, agriculture, and education through…
    • 63 programs (including animal competitions, school tours, 4H, FFA, and Skills USA) that serves…
        • 19,327 participants, including the awarding of…
        • $98,460 in premiums and….
        • $60,350 in scholarships.
        • 14,342 students experienced an educational exposition with SOL focus


    Students earn scholarship points in the following areas:
    • Aquaculture
    • Beef
    • Dairy
    • Sheep
    • Swine
    • Poultry
    • Dairymen’s Contest
    • FFA Horticulture Demonstration
    • FFA Small Engine Troubleshooting
    • 4-H and FFA Crops Judging Contest
    • Junior Stockmen’s Contest
    • Junior Forester’s Contest
    • Student Garden Competition
    • FFA Tractor Troubleshooting Contest
    • VA Skills USA – Job Skill Demonstration
    • VA Skills USA – Total Quality Management

    Founder’s Scholarship
            Herbert Bruce Thomson, Sr. Gold Merit Scholarship
            Annually recognizes high school juniors or seniors who excel and exhibit leadership in the community
                 and during State Fair of Virginia competitions.

            Herbert Bruce Thomson, Sr. Silver Merit Scholarship
            Annually recognizes high school freshmen or sophomores who excel and exhibit leadership in the community
                 and during State Fair of Virginia competitions.

    The State Fair of Virginia
    P.O. Box 26805
    Richmond, VA 23261-6805
    Phone: 804-569-3200

    Greenhouse and Flower Production       [Top]

    Virginia Flower Growers Association
    (Info available later)

    Perennial Plant Association

    Perennial Plant Association Scholarship Program The Perennial Plant Association is proud to offer five scholarships to college students studying horticulture or a related subject area. Students enrolled in two-or four-year programs are eligible to apply. Each scholarship recipient will receive $1,000 and complimentary registration for all lectures and tours at the Perennial Plant Symposium in July. Recipients will also receive complimentary lodging during the symposium. Scholarship recipients must attend the symposium to receive the $1,000 scholarship. The completed application should be mailed to the PPA office by March 1. Each scholarship applicant will be notified by March 2.

    AFE scholarship applications
    Applications and info on American Floral Endowment's Ball and Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Programs are available for students looking to gain experience in greenhouse production, floral retail and wholesale and allied trade fields. The Vic and Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program funds training at floriculture production greenhouses. The Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program helps support students who participate in internships at a retail florist, wholesaler or allied trade company. Both scholarships are awarded tw
    ice each year. Deadlines are March 1 and Oct. 1. Applications can be downloaded from the AFE Web site.

    Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund
    12 in 12
    2012 Scholarships Available

    This year, the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund expects to award approximately twelve $1,500 scholarships. We need your help to spread the word about the availability of this scholarship. If you know of a deserving student, please pass this on.

    The Fund awards academic scholarships to students in sixteen southeastern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia – pursuing a career in horticulture.

    Deadline for application is May 31. Selections will be made by July 1 and awards made by early August.

    For more information, eligibility requirements or a scholarship application, visit

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