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Plant Conference Scholarship

Photo: Linda B. Franklin, Monarda punctata—Spotted Beebalm


Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is pleased to offer a limited number of student scholarships for our Native Plant Conference (NPC) on May 30–June 2, 2019. Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on demonstrated interest in native plants and their habitats. Applicants must be students enrolled full-time in a college or university. We are able to offer this benefit thanks to the generosity of several donors. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to participate in a poster session. Scholarships may be awarded to students studying topics such as native plant ecology and evolution, invasive plants, interactions between native plants and animals, landscaping with native plants, ecological landscape design, restoration projects, sustainable gardening and propagation, conservation and other native plant-related disciplines. Poster session applicants should be involved in the same fields of study listed above. If the applicant wishes to participate in the poster session, the application should include an abstract (not to exceed 250 words) for the poster. To be considered for a scholarship, applications must be received by Friday, April 19, 2019.

Each scholarship will include:

• Tuition for both days of the conference (May 31 and June 1)

• Lunch and refreshments both days

• Possible assistance with overnight accommodations and travel.

Applications should include:

• A statement explaining why attending the NPC would be of value to you; include a description of your background/research goals/past experience/current interest or involvement with native plants and/or their habitats.

• If applying to participate in the poster session, a poster abstract must be included.

• A letter of recommendation by your academic advisor

• Proof of your enrollment as a full-time student.

With your statement, please include:

• Name

• Mailing address

• Email address

• Phone number

• Name of school at which you are enrolled

• Type of degree program

• Focus of studies

• Anticipated date of graduation

Note: Scholarship recipients may be called upon to provide assistance during the conference. Please email application materials and poster abstracts to:

John T. Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, [email protected]