The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA -)offers two excellent programs that provide full tuition and employment. If you're pursuing or plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in agriculture, natural resource sciences, or a related field at one of 18 institutions known as the 1890 historically black land-grant universities, you may be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. Full tuition, fees, books, and room and board are included, as is employment with the USDA, employee benefits, and even your own laptop and printer.
Scholars participating in the Public Service Leadership Scholarship Program work as paid interns with the USDA and become permanent employees upon graduation. They are provided with mentoring, leadership, career development, and a personal computer.
The Garden Club of America offers 24 merit-based scholarships and fellowships and distributes more than $200,000 to students each year. These programs include:
The Douglas Dockery Fellowship in Garden History and Design, which is meant "to further the study of history and design in the American garden and to look to the future of gardens and their unique place in our environment." One graduate student receives $4,000 annually toward study and research at an institution in the United States.
The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany awards one annual grant of $4,000 for a student to research about the medicinal use of plants. It is open to students currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at recognized universities and Ph.D. graduates who have received their degrees in the last five years.
• Several colleges and universities offer scholarships to horticulture students.
University of California—Davis Rossi Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships in the field. Napa Valley high school students in graduate and undergraduate enology and viticulture studies may compete for this $20,000 scholarship.
University of Wisconsin—Madison offers 17 different awards to both graduate and undergraduate students through its College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture offers scholarships for both new and advanced students. Many are for students with particular career goals or from particular regions of the state. Collectively, undergraduate students are awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships annually.
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