Garden Club of America Coastal Wetlands Studies Scholarship

The Garden Club of America provides an Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies. The scholarship originated in 1966 when the Rockefeller Fund was established for the purpose of promoting environmental education. In 1999, Mrs. Edward Elliman, a member of the Rockefeller family and the Hortulus Garden Club chose to promote wetlands conservation through the support of young scientists in their field work and research.

The award is a one-year, $5,000 scholarship to support graduate-level field-based research in coastal wetlands. The scholarship is administered by the Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at the College of William & Mary. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee of practicing wetland scientists.


  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program at a university within the U.S.
  • Field-based study must be in coastal wetlands in the U.S., defined as tidal or nontidal wetlands within the coastal states, including the Great Lake states.
  • A student may apply to only one GCA-sponsored scholarship per year.
  • Must be either a US citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.

Selection Criteria

  • Technical merit of proposed work.
  • Degree to which the work is relevant to the Garden Club objective of promoting wetlands conservation.
  • There is a preference for students who are early in their degree programs.

Application opens December 1
Deadline: January 15

See application requirements for detailed instructions


See proposals and progress of prior award recipients