Student Scholarships

vahortlogo_2014The Virginia Horticultural Foundation (VHF) awards College Scholarships for students pursuing careers in the green industries. Students of Horticulture, Arboriculture, Nursery & Greenhouse Production, Floriculture, Forestry & Urban Forestry, Landscape Architecture/Design, Turfgrass Management (or other horticultural fields) are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Students can also apply for Travel Grants to cover registration and travel expenses to MAHSC. This can be a wonderful networking, job-prospecting or continuing education opportunity for horticulture students.

All applicants must be currently enrolled in a Virginia school and provide transcripts of coursework. Students should scan and email all school transcripts to info@vahort.org. All scholarship and grant recipients are recognized at the opening session of MAHSC.

Applications will be accepted beginning Sept. 1, 2016, and the deadline for applications is Oct. 31, 2016.

Applicant Requirements

  • College student attending an accredited university or college in Virginia (full-time or part-time)
  • Pursuing a degree in Horticulture, Arboriculture, Nursery & Greenhouse Production, Floriculture, Forestry & Urban Forestry, Landscape Architecture/Design, Turfgrass Management or any related horticultural field
  • Accumulated 9 credit hours in this major
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Previous scholarship recipients of a VHF Scholarship are not eligible
  • Recipient must allow VHF to publicize the student’s name, degree pursued and college attendance information and provide a recent photo to be posted on MAHSC website, Facebook and any promotional material.
  • This award also includes lodging and a three-day registration to attend the following year’s MAHSC.

College Scholarships

2016 Tom Eaton Scholarship Recipient ($1,500 one-time award)

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Congratulations to Elizabeth H. Wilson, recipient of the 2016 Tom Eaton Scholarship of The Virginia Horticultural Foundation. Ms. Wilson graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture with minors in Entomology and Civic Agriculture and Food Systems. She served as President and Plant Sale Chair of the Virginia Tech Horticulture Club; is a member of the national horticulture honor society, Pi Alpha Xi, and Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority. She was named the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate for the American Society of Horticultural Sciences and the 2016 Outstanding Senior for the Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture. Ms. Wilson is currently a Master’s candidate in Career and Technical Education at Virginia Tech and plants to graduate in 2017. Her future plans include becoming a horticulture teacher in order to educate others about horticulture sciences, landscaping, and floral design.

Tom Eaton was an active and invaluable member of the MAHSC board. In his spirit, the Tom Eaton Scholarship was established in 2008 to help defray educational expenses for one exceptional college student pursuing a degree in any horticultural field. This award also includes a three-day registration to attend the following year’s MAHSC. Attendance at MAHSC is encouraged, but not mandatory, and travel reimbursement will be made for recipients living more than 50 miles from MAHSC. The scholarship check will be submitted directly to the college to be applied to the student’s account; travel reimbursements are payable to the scholarship recipient.

This award also includes a three-day registration to attend the following year’s MAHSC. Travel reimbursement will be provided to recipients living more than 50 miles from MAHSC conference location. Per Diem will cover meals consumed at the Founders Inn restaurants at the rate of $46 maximum per day only when billed to room.

To Apply

Qualified students can apply by completing a Scholarship Application, include your e-mail address. If you have questions, contact (757) 523-4734 or scholarships@vahort.org.