Annual Scholarships

Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut

The proud tradition of awarding scholarships to college and university students was begun in 1982.  Amounts awarded are based on the qualifications of the applicant and the funds available.  Scholarships are funded by the generous donations of our Connecticut member clubs and other individuals and organizations. We welcome donations from our members clubs, individuals and organizations to our Scholarship Fund at any time:  Donate Online


Eligible students must be entering their junior or senior year or be graduate students in any certified college or university, be legal residents of Connecticut (have a Connecticut Drivers License and/or be registered to vote here) and be majoring in one of the following fields:  Agronomy, Botany, City Planning, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Floriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Land Management, Landscape Design, Plant Pathology, or allied subject.  They must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. PhD candidates are not eligible.

The deadline for applying for a scholarship is always July 1st each year. Download Application

Contact the State Chair at:  with any questions.


The National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC)

NGC awards 41 scholarships of $4,000.00 each. The number to each state is based on the percentage of garden club members in their respective state (Connecticut is permitted one scholarship).


The student must be a legal resident of Connecticut. must major in one of the fields as mentioned in the Criteria for the Federated Scholarship, maintain a 3.25 GPA, show financial need, and be entering his/her junior, senior year or be a graduate student at a College or University in or outside the State of Connecticut.

Applications are available from the National Garden Clubs (NGC). These must be returned to the State Chair by February 1st. Her committee meets in the month of February, selects ONE applicant, then sends the application to the NGC Scholarship Chair by March 1st.  Winners are announced at the National Convention in May. The awards money are sent directly to the recipient’s school.

Contact the State Chair at:  with any questions.

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winners!

Honored at the October Awards Meeting

Left to right:  Winner Stephen Kelley, Winner Mary Schoell, Sue Hickey-Winner Lauren Hickey’s Mother and Scholarship Chair Margaret Kotch

Lauren Hickey,  Federated Garden Club Scholarship Award Recipient

Stephen Kelly is a junior in Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut. This Summer 2019 he has been an intern with William Kenny Associates, an Ecological Services and Landscape Architecture firm based in his hometown of Fairfield, CT, helping to design private pollinator gardens for local clients. In addition to this, he has been working at the WKA-owned NATIVE plant nursery, selling and installing northeast native plants for private residences, gaining perspective on the processes involved in the construction of landscapes. He has particular interest in the ecological implications of community development and ultimately hopes to work in the public realm, developing spaces and practices which enhance environmental and human health. Beyond Landscape Architecture his interests include writing, hiking, and singing with his UConn acapella group “Notes Over Storrs.” Stephen received $2,000.

Mary Schoell is a master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she researches salt marsh ecosystems. Her thesis looks at the effects of sea-level rise and hurricanes on salt marshes at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut. After her undergraduate career, she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Atlantic Ecology Division as a restoration ecologist. She is passionate about contributing to the protection and management of marine and coastal environments through research. When she isn’t treading through a salt marsh, she can be found swimming in the ocean, rock climbing, hiking a mountain, or tending to her garden. Mary received $3,000.

Lauren is a rising senior at Bowdoin College in Maine. She is majoring in Environmental Studies and Government and Legal Studies. She is passionate about food justice, namely ensuring that everyone, especially historically disadvantaged groups and communities, have access to fresh and healthy food. She leads the Bowdoin Organic Garden club which teaches students about growing local, organic food and engages the campus community in conversations about food justice. She spent a summer traveling throughout Maine to research the state’s food system– from potatoes to blueberries to the Common Ground Fair. Following her semester abroad in Bolivia this past spring, she wrote a children’s book based on her independent research project on climate resiliency in agricultural communities in Bolivia. It’s currently being published and distributed to communities throughout Bolivia as well as friends and family in the U.S.. She is incredibly grateful to receive this scholarship which will support her in finishing her undergraduate degree and pursuing her post-graduate adventures in whatever form they may take! Lauren received $2,000 Federated Garden Club and C’s Scholarship and in May 2019 received a $4,000 scholarship from The National Garden Club.