Horticulture

Scholarships

Several scholarships are available to horticulture and prospective horticulture students, including, but not limited to, those offered by the following organizations.


Alderwood Garden Club encourages members to attend monthly meetings held the first Thursday of the month and to participate in club fund-raisers (the proceeds from these events is returned to the community. The club also offers a yearly Scholarship to a qualified candidate pursuing a certificate or degree in a Horticulture-related field).

Alderwood Garden Club members also host in-home monthly horticulture related study groups and tours of member’s gardens. We welcome anyone with an interest in gardening. For additional information, call: Gail Reidy, 425.743.6654.


Brighter Blooms Nursery Scholarship recognizes and rewards students who not only “think outside the box,” but who also put their thoughts into action by giving back to their communities. From your unique combination of talent, creativity and compassion, you have the chance to impact your community through an innovative service project. This project can help solve a problem, build relationships or showcase the beauty of nature through the plants around us.

Who can apply?

  • Students who are currently enrolled in a high school (public, private or home school), technical school or college in the United States.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent score on other grading scales).
  • Students with an expressed interest in horticulture, plant breeding, landscape design or related field.

How will people apply?

  • Prospective students must submit an essay on this page describing a particular project the applicant has either contributed to, or would like to contribute to or coordinate.
  • Examples include service projects like landscaping a public building, donating time to an animal shelter or contributing your efforts to a local charity.
  • Projects do not have to be related to the horticulture, landscaping or plant breeding fields, but extra consideration will be applied to those that do.
  • Essays could be written from personal experiences on past projects, or you can design a new service project that makes a difference in the lives of others.
  • All essays must be the applicant’s original work.

Applicant Submission Requirements

  • Two-Page Essay describing your experience of a past service project, or outlining a potentially new service project, as described above
  • Letter of recommendation - written by a teacher, principal or employer
  • Your photo - to be published on our website if you are selected

Application Deadline

  • Two scholarships will be awarded per year.
  • Deadlines for applicants will be 11:59 p.m. EST on July 20 and December 20.
  • One scholarship will be awarded after the July 20 deadline, and one scholarship will be awarded after the December 20 deadline.

Scholarship Review Process

Applicants will be reviewed by the thoughtfulness and innovation of their essay’s contents, creativity of their project, and quality of their letter of recommendation.

Questions and Contact Information
Forward all questions to travis@brighterblooms.com with the email subject “Brighter Blooms Nursery Scholarship”

Scholarship Details

  • Scholarship prize is $500 to be applied for school expenses like tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board.
  • All entries must be submitted on this page, the Brighter Blooms Nursery Scholarship Submission Page.
  • Submissions must be uploaded in either Microsoft Word document or PDF format.

Dorys L. Alkire Horticulture Endowed Scholarship* was set-up in memory of Dorys L. Alkire by her three children in 1998. Dorys loved the outdoors, gardens and her plants. She also worked as a volunteer for the Arboretum Foundation for many years. Education was also extremely important to Dorys and her husband, ensuring that their three children and six grandchildren had access to education. The Dorys L. Alkire Horticulture Endowed Scholarship combines two of her loves: education and horticulture. The recipients of the Alkire award are chosen by evidence of previous academic achievement, financial need, and future goals.


Floretum Garden Club of Edmonds each year offers scholarships to high school graduates, community college students or individuals who plan to pursue a career a horticulture field. The scholarship recipients may attend any community college, college, technical school or university in Washington State during the year following the award.

Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Interest in horticulture, landscape design, botany, forestry, or a related field.
  • Financial need
  • Legal residency
  • Activities and achievements in school and community

Funds will be deposited in the financial office of the institution selected by the award recipients and may be applied toward tuition, books, and other school fees.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact: Joyce Johnson H 425.774.7865, W 425.431.5252, email: joycejohnson310@comcast.net.


Hodgson’s Endowed Horticulture Scholarship* was set up by Maude Hodgson and her late husband, Ed. Both have been longtime supporters of Edmonds Community College and passionate about gardening, particularly chrysanthemums. The scholarship combines two of their great loves and continues to support students in the Horticulture Department. They also opened the Edmond Floral and Garden Center, which is now the Edmonds Conference Center.


Landry Family Horticulture Endowed Scholarship* was set-up by the Landry Family who owns and operates Sky Nursery. Sky Nursery was started in 1943 by the founding Landry family which has been passed down to its second generation. The Landry Horticulture Scholarship helps provide an opportunity for a second year student or students with work experience in the Horticulture field to continue their education.


Mukilteo Way Garden Club was started in 1933 and joined the federation of garden clubs in1935. The club currently has 28 members, some for 40 or 50 years! It meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. usually in a member’s home including a social hour and a speaker presentation. Tim Hohn, Polly Hankin, and Carrie Becker (Edmonds CC horticulture instructors) have all spoken at meetings. The club tries to cover all aspects of horticulture.

In 2007, we put on our first Mukilteo Garden and Quilt Tour, by teaming with the local quilters guild. It is interesting because quilters use many of the same principles that gardeners do -color, pattern, repetition, etc! We do it only every other year, as quilts will take a long time to make! The tour was successful enough that for the first time we were able to establish a scholarship program. We also do other local projects around the Mukilteo area, as we are very committed to “giving something back” to the community.

Download a scholarship application at the Mukilteo Way Garden Club website: www.mwgc.org.


NPA (Northwest Perennial Alliance)

In 1984, a group of Seattle gardeners passionate about gardening in the Northwest formed the Northwest Perennial Alliance. NPA was patterned after the Hardy Plant Society of Great Britain, with free garden tours, lectures, plant sales and a seed exchange.

Today NPA is one of the largest nonprofit gardening organizations in Washington, with members from Snohomish to Olympia and beyond. With its huge Open Gardens program and network of neighborhood garden groups, NPA is the best way to meet other gardeners, and learn more about perennials and hardy plants that will survive and thrive in our climate.

NPA also maintains the NPA Border, our famous perennial garden at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. This beautiful display garden is our gift to the community, and offers one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for NPA members through classes, workshops and volunteer crews.

The NPA has a strong commitment to helping students build a career in horticulture, awarding scholarships to matriculated students pursuing education in horticulture, botany, landscape design, landscape architecture or environmental science. To apply for a scholarship download an application, or contact our Scholarship Chair.


Poulsbo Garden Club was organized as a group in 1997 and has run continuously since that time. Our membership continues to grow as word gets out to the community. Currently PGC has approximately 50 members. We are incorporated as a non-profit corporation and are members of the Cross Sound District of Garden Clubs and subsequently are part of the National Federation of Garden Clubs of the United States.

Our mission statement is as follows: "To create a wider knowledge of plants & flowers; to create & stimulate a general interest in gardening; to promote civic beauty & roadside improvements; and to organize exhibitions that shall be educational and inspirational."

The Grants Committee selects appropriate recipients from the applications received each year. We offer both Project and Educational funds from monies received during yearly fundraisers in the North Kitsap community. Recipient eligibility is based on any resident of or employee working in the North Kitsap Community. We would love to have applicants that are currently in or plan to enroll in a horticultural program as long as the applicant has some connection to North Kitsap. Questions about the application process? Call Janice 697.3277 or Shari 697.5553.


Walt Bubelis Endowed Scholarship pays tribute to Walt’s distinguished career of 40+ years with the Horticulture Department at Edmonds Community College. As the founding faculty member, Walt played a pivotal role in developing the horticulture curriculum, program structure, and ultimate creation of the undisputed premiere horticulture program in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to crafting a first class program, his impact on individual lives has been profound. Walt’s former students have gone on to become influential in the Horticulture field themselves, serving in leadership capacities of all major horticulture professional associations. Walt’s retirement provided us with the opportunity to show him just how deeply he has touched the lives of his students and colleagues. To honor his many accomplishments, the department, in partnership with the College Foundation, established the Walt Bubelis Endowed Horticulture Scholarship to ensure that Walt’s legacy of supporting student success is kept alive long after his retirement in 2010.


Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP) was founded in 1984 by a group of landscape professionals who wanted to define professionalism, develop educational program, and evoke legislative representation on the issues pertinent to the landscape industry.

WALP is a non-profit organization of landscape professionals dedicated to providing opportunities that promote professionalism, integrity, and education to a thriving membership within the Green Industry and the communities served.

Since its inception, the WALP Education Foundation has funded educational excellence by awarding scholarships to students of the Green Industry. These future leaders will define the standards of professionalism and use their education to meet future challenges of the Industry.

Two scholarships are awarded each year to students who are enrolled in a technical or community college offering a landscape/horticulture program. High school seniors planning on attending a college program are also eligible. Scholarships are based on merit and/or need. Candidates are evaluated on academic standing, industry and school involvement, leadership potential, and financial need.


Woodinville Garden Club is a community organization united by an inherent love of gardening. Our mission is to offer enrichment through learning about horticulture, participating in civic beautification, and enjoying friendship as we pursue these activities. The club was founded in 1984 and maintains a membership of 50 active members. We are affiliated with the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs. We are a non- profit community organization.

General Information

Proceeds from our fund-raisers (plant sales and garden tours) provide for club operations and many civic projects which have included:

  • Community beautification
  • $20,000 contribution to the Wilmont Park
  • Georgia Gerber bronze statue at DeYoung Park
  • Planting at the Northshore Adult Day Center
  • Two annual scholarships
  • Youth gardening
  • World gardening

For information about joining WGC, please contact the membership chairman

Membership@woodinvillegardenclub.org

Scholarship Use: The scholarship must be used at a two- or four-year accredited college or university or an accredited trade school within the academic year following receipt of the scholarship. It may be used for tuition and/or fees. For further information, please email Scholarships@woodinvillegardenclub.org


The WSNLA (Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association) Scholarship & Research Charitable Fund supports the success of its members by serving, promoting, representing and educating the Washington State horticultural community.

The following selection criteria is utilized when reviewing applications and selecting recipients.

  • Must submit a completed application, statement of intent and at least two letters of reference by the deadline.
  • Must be pursuing a major in the horticultural industry.
  • Must plan to be or be attending a Northwest accredited educational institution.
  • Must demonstrate academic success.

*Horticulture Scholarships and others are available through the College Foundation.