Fund Your Future

Check your eligibility for HRI’s seven scholarship funds, generously created and supported by our donors, and apply.

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will open in April 2017 and close September 8, 2017.

General Submission Information

  • Required Materials: general contact information, statement of financial need, personal essay, resume, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation
  • Recommendations may come from a student advisor, instructor, employer, or business associate and must be submitted directly from the recommender to HRI through our online application system
  • Submission of all materials must be completed through HRI’s online application system
  • Only one application is required to apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible
  • Awards are sent directly to the recipient’s school in the fall semester

 

 Browse our scholarships to learn more about them.

Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship

The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc. (MANTS). This scholarship serves to memorialize Mr. Akehurst who served the horticultural industry as one of the founders of MANTS. In addition to his thirty plus years as Executive Vice-President of MANTS, Mr. Akehurst serves as Executive Secretary of the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association, the Maryland Nurserymen's Association Horticulture Research Foundation, Maryland Christmas Tree Growers, American Conifer Society, and Maryland Greenhouse Growers' Association.

MANTS, an association formed from the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, has established this scholarship with the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) with the belief that the strength and future success of the horticulture industry lies in the solid education of today's students. MANTS' establishment of this scholarship is a reflection of Mr. Akehurst's firm belief that education begets one the opportunity to achieve. Through this scholarship, MANTS will provide scholarship opportunity to qualified students to help ensure the continuity of the nursery and landscape profession.

  • One $1,000 scholarship is available for the 2017-2018 school year

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • Be a resident of one of the three MANTS member states: Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia. Attendance at an institution within these states is not mandatory
  • Be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related discipline at a two or four year institution
  • Be enrolled in good standing and carry a full-time course load at the time of application and during the semesters for which the scholarship is granted
  • Have a minimum grade point average overall of 2.7 based on a scale of 4.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in their major
  • Have at least a junior standing in a four-year curriculum or senior standing in a two-year curriculum as of the fall semester of scholarship application year.

Preference will be given to applicants who plan to work within the industry (including nursery operation, landscape architecture/design/construction/maintenance, interiorscape, horticultural distribution, or retail garden center) following graduation.

Previous Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship award winners are eligible for additional funding and may reapply for the scholarship.

Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship

The Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship was created in 1988 by the Bigelow family to aid students from New England who are seeking a career in horticulture. The scholarship was dedicated initially to one of the family's children, the late Timothy Bigelow. At Palmer W. "Bill" Bigelow's death, the name of its creator was added.

The Bigelow family considers student scholarships the most important commitment the horticultural industry can make to ensure the growth and development of the nursery and landscape industry.

  • One $3,000 scholarship is available for the 2017-2018 school year

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related discipline at a two- or four-year institution
  • be enrolled in good standing and carry a full-time complement of courses at the time of application and during the semesters that the scholarship is granted
  • be a resident of one of the six New England states (although attendance at an institution within these states in not mandatory): Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont
  • have senior standing in a two-year curriculum (having completed the first year), junior standing in a four-year curriculum (having completed the first two years), or a graduate student standing.
  • have a minimum grade point average of 2.25 based on a scale of 4.0, or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for a graduate student

Preference will be given to an applicant who plans to work in any aspect of the nursery industry following graduation, including the desire to own one's own business. Preference will also be given to an applicant in financial need.

Previous Timothy Bigelow Scholarship award winners are not eligible for additional funding.

Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship

Bryan A. Champion, president of Herman Losely & Son, Inc. in Perry, Ohio, was a 5th generation nurseryman with a passion for the nursery and landscape industry. During his career he was involved with local, state and national associations that represent the industry. He sought to advance the industry through sound leadership, volunteer participation, and peer-to-peer networking and education events. He was a “Buckeye”, and graduated from Ohio State University (OSU) in 1987. Champion understood the value of a quality education and the importance of industry research. During his career at Herman Losely and Son, Inc., he worked with OSU and the United States of America- Agricultural Research Service to successfully solve industry issues.

Bryan passed away on November 10, 2011 at the age of 47, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

In honor of Champion's legacy and dedication to the nursery and landscape industry, donations have been received from his peers to establish The Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each year, Champion's legacy will be remembered when the fund provides a student scholarship to a deserving horticultural student. It is our hope that each recipient will show a similar passion for the industry as Champion exhibited throughout his life.

  • One $1,000 scholarship is available for the 2017-2018 school year

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in landscape, horticulture or related discipline at a two or four-year institution. Students in vocational agriculture programs will also be considered.
  • be currently enrolled in good standing and carry a full-time course load at the time of application and during the semesters for which the scholarship is granted
  • have at least a sophomore standing in a four-year curriculum or senior standing in a two-year curriculum as of the fall semester of scholarship application year, if an undergraduate student (graduate students of any year are also eligible)
  • attend an institution located in the state of Ohio. Students attending schools outside of Ohio are ineligible. Ohio state residency is not required
  • have a minimum grade point average overall of 2.25 based on a scale of 4.0, and a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a scale of 4.0 in their major

Preference will be given to applicants who plan to work within the green industry (including nursery operation, landscape architecture/design/construction/maintenance, interiorscape, horticultural distribution, or retail garden center) following graduation.

Previous Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship award winners are eligible for additional funding and may reapply.

Muggets Scholarship

What is a Mugget? An informal group called the Mugget Growers of America (MGA) began in 1981 as a social, educational and fundraising group. Each year MGA participants meet at the American Nursery & Landscape Association's (ANLA) Management Clinic to discuss important plant issues regarding the development of a new plant called "Mugget". In addition to their discussions many of the MGA members make contributions during their meeting to the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of ANLA. Contributions are made in support of HRI's research and scholarship activities.

MGA members understand the importance of having qualified and quality professionals within the green industry. The MGA group decided that proceeds from Mugget events will be made in support of student scholarships. This is how the Muggets Scholarship was created. Each year, as the fund grows a student scholarship will be awarded. Mugget supporters hope to help aspiring students from across the country obtain a degree in horticulture with this scholarship.

  • One $1,500 scholarship is available for the 2017-2018 school year

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in landscape, horticulture or related discipline at a two or four-year institution. Students in vocational agriculture programs will also be considered.
  • be currently enrolled in good standing and carry a full-time course load at the time of application and during the semesters for which the scholarship is granted
  • have at least a sophomore standing in a four-year curriculum or senior standing in a two-year curriculum as of the fall semester of scholarship application year, if an undergraduate student (graduate students of any year are also eligible)
  • have a minimum grade point average overall of 2.25 based on a scale of 4.0, and a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a scale of 4.0 in their major.

Preference will be given to applicants who plan to work within the industry (including nursery operation, landscape architecture/design/construction/maintenance, interiorscape, horticultural distribution, or retail garden center) following graduation.

Previous Muggets Scholarship award winners may apply for the scholarship by submitting a new application form for the year.

Spring Meadow - Proven Winners Scholarship

Bright, well trained, and qualified people are essential to the nursery industry, that's why Dale and Liz Deppe created the Spring Meadow Scholarship Fund in 1999. This fund is dedicated to helping aspiring students from across the country obtain a degree in horticulture.

The Spring Meadow team has been blessed by this industry and the mentors who've helped them along the way. This scholarship fund is their way of giving back, and sharing the excitement for plants and the nursery industry with others. Spring Meadow Nursery's goal is to grant scholarships to students with an interest in woody plant production, woody plant propagation, woody plant breeding, horticultural sales and marketing.

  • Three $3,500 scholarships are available for the 2017-2018 school year

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in landscape, horticulture or related discipline at a two or four-year institution. Students in vocational agriculture programs will also be considered.
  • be currently enrolled in good standing and carry a full-time course load at the time of application and during the semesters for which the scholarship is granted
  • have at least a sophomore standing in a four-year curriculum or senior standing in a two-year curriculum as of the fall semester of scholarship application year, if an undergraduate student (graduate students of any year are also eligible)
  • be interested in woody plant production, wood plant propagation, woody plant breeding, and/or horticultural sales and marketing
  • have a minimum grade point average overall of 2.25 based on a scale of 4.0, and a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a scale of 4.0 in their major

Previous Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship award winners are eligible for additional funding and may reapply.

Susie & Bruce Usrey Education Scholarship

Susie and Bruce Usrey of Monrovia Growers Inc. in Azusa, CA, established the Susie & Bruce Usrey Education Scholarship 2009. The Usrey family considers graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. The scholarship is awarded annually to horticulture students enrolled in a California state university or college.

Monrovia is committed to enhancing the beauty and value of the North American landscape - one garden at a time. By producing the strongest plants in the industry, they offer peace of mind and quality assurance that stands behind each and every Monrovia plant.

  • One $500 scholarship is available for the 2017-2018 school year

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape horticulture program or related discipline at a two- or four-year institution. Students in vocational agriculture programs will also be considered
  • be currently enrolled in good standing and carry a full-time course load at the time of application and during the semesters for which the scholarship is granted
  • have a minimum grade point average overall of 2.25 based on a scale of 4.0, and a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a scale of 4.0 in their major
  • be a student enrolled in a California state university or college. California state residency is not required.

Preference will be given to applicants who plan to work within the industry (including nursery operation, landscape architecture/design/construction/maintenance, interiorscape, horticultural distribution, or retail garden center) following graduation.

Previous Susie & Bruce Usrey Education Scholarship award winners are eligible to apply for additional funding.

Usrey Family Scholarship

Susie and Bruce Usrey of Monrovia Growers Inc. in Azusa, CA, established the Usrey Family Scholarship in 2001. The Usrey family considers graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. The scholarship is awarded annually to horticulture students enrolled in a California state university or college.

  • One $1,000 scholarship is available for the 2017-2018 school year

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape horticulture program or related discipline at a two- or four-year institution. Students in vocational agriculture programs will also be considered.
  • be currently enrolled in good standing and carry a full-time course load at the time of application and during the semesters for which the scholarship is granted
  • have a minimum grade point average overall of 2.25 based on a scale of 4.0, and a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a scale of 4.0 in their major
  • be a student enrolled in a California state university or college. California state residency is not required

Preference will be given to applicants who plan to work within the industry (including nursery operation, landscape architecture/design/construction/maintenance, interiorscape, horticultural distribution, or retail garden center) following graduation.

Previous Usrey Family Scholarship award winners are eligible to apply for additional funding.