WSU, CAHNRS, and Department of Horticulture Scholarships

Students may gain access to all departmental and CAHNRS scholarships via the WSU online scholarship application. Filling out this one application allows each student to be considered for thousands of scholarships at university, college, and departmental levels. There are hundreds of scholarships available within CAHNRS with values ranging from $100 to $4,000. Students must file this application every year that they are enrolled at WSU.

The deadline to apply for all WSU, CAHNRS, and departmental scholarships is January 31 of each year.

Mukilteo Way Garden Club Scholarship

The Mukilteo Way Garden Club is pleased to offer its annual Horticulture Scholarship to be used for 2020-21 academic classes at an accredited college or trade school in the state of Washington. High school seniors, college students, anyone currently working in horticulture and related fields or those interested in beginning a new path into those fields are eligible. Classes must be in horticulture or horticulture-related fields and may be taken in pursuit of a degree as well as for augmenting career goals. Learn more about the scholarship program by visiting the Mukilteo Way Garden Club website.

Proven Winner Horticulture Scholarship Program

  • Proven Winners® Innovations in Plant Breeding Scholarship – $5,000. New flowers and plants are the lifeblood of our industry. We are proud to support students who are committed to developing new and exciting plants in this competitive market.
  • Proven Winners® Innovations in Horticultural Marketing Scholarship – $5,000. The importance of marketing is often overlooked in our industry, so we need to support students with not only a passion for plants but also for knowing how to market and sell them.
  • Proven Winners® Grower Excellence Scholarship – $5,000. High quality plant material produced by talented and hard working growers is absolutely essential for any plant brand to be successful. We are proud to support the next generation of great plantsmen and women pursuing careers in plant production.

Proven Winners is looking to the future, and the future of our industry depends on the young people behind us. We want to assist and recognize the academic talent that exists across North America by presenting scholarships to students in both 4-year universities as well as community colleges and vocational schools. In 2014, we were proud to award $25,000 in scholarships and in 2015, we were excited to increase that amount to $35,000.

Learn more and apply for a scholarship by April 1 by visiting the Proven Winners website.

National Garden Club

The National Garden Club is proud of its college scholarship program which offers financial aid to students majoring in fields of study related to horticulture and the environment. Applicant must be planning a career related to gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral design or horticulture. Check your State Garden Club for scholarship opportunities.

  • One-year scholarships are available to undergraduate juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing a Master’s Degree.
  • Equal opportunity shall be provided to all applicants.
  • Sophomores may make application for their junior year.
  • Application must be typed and include a small glossy color head photo

Applications are due to the State Scholarship Chairman in your state of legal residence by February 1. Access the scholarship application by visiting the National Garden Club website.

The Washington State Scholarship Chairman is JoAnn Goldman; mail your application to 18811 51st NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155-3059

Brighter Blooms Nursery

Brighter Blooms Nursery gives out scholarships twice a year. One scholarship will be awarded after the December 20th deadline. And the other will be awarded after the July 20th deadline. Students who are interested in applying should meet these requirements: 

  • 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.

Get additional information about and apply for the Brighter Blooms Nursery scholarship by visiting this website.

True Leaf Market

True Leaf Market is proud to support the agricultural sciences. Each year, True Leaf Market offers a $1000 scholarship to a college student involved in the agricultural sciences. True Leaf encourages students in both graduate and undergraduate programs to apply for this scholarship, which will allow them to showcase the skills and knowledge they’ve learned in their agriculture-related field while bettering the world around them. Deadline to apply is July 29. Learn more and apply for the True Leaf Market scholarship by visiting their website.

Western Reserve Herb Society

The Western Reserve Herb Society annually offers two undergraduate scholarships in plant science. The deadline to apply is February 28. This horticulture scholarship is open to citizens of the United States who have completed their second or sophomore year of undergraduate study. The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university and have achieved a grade point average of 3.2 or above.

The scholarship award will be made to the student who demonstrates financial need and plans a career in horticulture and allied fields. The award will be sent directly to the financial aid office for payment toward tuition and books.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate exceptional dedication to horticulture and whose career goals may involve work in areas such as teaching/research, the public or nonprofit sector, or sustainable agriculture.

You can learn more about the scholarship, as well as apply for funds, by visiting the Western Reserve Herb Society’s website.

AmericanHort Scholarships

The AmericanHort mission is to unite, promote, and advance our industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research.  The Horticultural Research Institute is the foundation for AmericanHort.  The online application for scholarships generally opens in April. Learn more about the scholarship by visiting the AmericanHort website.

American Floral Endowment Intern Scholarship Programs

  • Vic and Margaret Ball Floriculture Internships
    Training is available at floriculture production greenhouses within the U.S. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, interns receive a cash scholarship ranging from $1,500 to $6,000.
  • Mosmiller Internships
    Internships are for 10 to 16 week periods at a retail florist, wholesaler, or allied trade company. Interns are paid by the employer during the training and upon successful completion of the program requirements, receive a $2,000 cash scholarship.

The application deadlines are March 1 and October 1 of each year. For more information, visit the American Floral Endowment website.

American Society for Horticultural Science

The ASHS Scholars Award was established by the ASHS Board of Directors for the purpose of recognizing and supporting scholastic achievement and to encourage career development in horticultural science at the undergraduate level. Deadline to apply is February 4.


Two annual scholarships in the amount of $1500 each will be given to two undergraduate students majoring in horticulture at a four-year institution of higher education who meet the criteria listed below:

  • An undergraduate student of any class standing at the time of the application
  • Registered as a full-time student (minimum 10 credit hours) and actively pursuing a degree in horticulture
  • Excellence in academic and scholastic performance in the major (an area of horticulture) and supporting areas of science
  • Participation in extracurricular, leadership and research activities relating to horticulture
  • Participation in university and community service
  • Demonstrated commitment to the horticulture science profession and related career fields
  • Related horticultural experiences

Learn more about the program, and apply for the scholarship, by visiting the American Society for Horticultural Science website.

American Conifer Society

The American Conifer Society believes conifers are an important design component in any landscape. Ornamental conifers add color, texture and year round interest to any garden. The Society offers travel grants, internship funding, and academic scholarships. Learn more about the Society and apply for funding by visiting the American Conifer Society website.