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Scholarships

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CNPS SCV Scholarships

The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is strongly committed to the advancement of educational opportunities around native plants. Since 1999, the chapter has sponsored a scholarship program for students doing research on native plant or plant community conservation, plant ecology, plant community restoration, plant systematics, rare plants or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Central and Northern California. There are several scholarships available. In addition to the two named scholarships that are awarded for research that focuses on specific, however not exclusive, topics, additional scholarships are available. In 2021, an additional scholarship program to support a local student pursuing a horticultural career with a focus on California native plants was established.

The Horticulture Scholarship Program provides $750 to support a local student pursuing a horticultural career with a focus on California native plants. The scholarship is intended to help with scholastic related expenses such as books and tuition. Learn more about this program and apply for a scholarship here.

The Sally Casey Shooting Stars Research Scholarship provides $1,500 for a student focused on research involving native wildflowers, native grasses and grasslands, soil carbon, and soil interactions. Sally Casey (1921 - 2019) was a Founding Member of our Chapter and a CNPS Fellow. The education of future botanists was important to Sally, and for many years she helped to fund scholarships with the sale of shooting stars that she grew in her backyard nursery.

The Don Mayall Conservation Research Scholarship  provides $1,500 for a student focused on research on rare plants and serpentine ecosystems. Don Mayall (1932 - 2017) joined our CNPS Chapter in the mid-1980s. He was a CNPS Fellow and was active with in the successful protection efforts for Edgewood County Park (San Mateo County, CA) & Preserve and Coyote Ridge (Santa Clara County, CA).

Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply for one of our research scholarships.

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, a check written to “CNPS”, with a notation to “SCV Ed. Scholarship” may be mailed to the address below. Company matching programs are welcome.

CNPS Santa Clara Valley Chapter
3921 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303


See a list of our scholarship winners.

Horticulture Scholarship Application

Horticulture Scholarship Application

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Scholarship amount: $750

Number of scholarships for 2021-2022: One

Requirements to Apply

  • Any student who is enrolled in a Horticulture program, and either lives in or is studying in an accredited college in our chapter area (South San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and West Stanislaus County).
  • The student has completed at least 8 units in the horticulture program.
  • The student has already taken or about to take a plant identification class focused on California native plants.
  • The student has a minimum cumulative 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • One letter of recommendation from the Horticulture Program Director.
  • Two additional letters of recommendation: one from an academic teacher, and the second from either a teacher or another program leader (can be from a volunteer program). 
  • Recipient be willing to meet with a representative from the CNPS SCV chapter to learn ways to connect with the chapter and use chapter activities to enhance their career path. The recipient be also willing to attend one CNPS chapter program meeting to introduce themself or if unable to attend, record a short video, or contribute a short article of introduction in the chapter newsletter, The Blazing Star.

Application Process 

  • Fill in the online form, linked HERE
  • Send a sealed official transcript from your college (copies or unsealed transcript not accepted) to the address below, and
  • Original sealed letters of recommendations should be sent directly to our office, postmarked by January 31, 2022:

    Horticulture Scholarship Committee
    CNPS Santa Clara Valley Chapter
    3921 E. Bayshore Road
    Palo Alto, CA 94303       

Application Dates


Application Opens: Nov 15, 2021

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022 11:59pm

Review process completed: March 31st, 2022

Announcement to student: April 2022

Presentation / program meeting: May, June or July

Student Research Scholarships

Since 1999, the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has sponsored a scholarship program for students doing research on native plant or plant community conservation, plant ecology, plant community restoration, plant systematics, rare plants or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Central and Northern California. There are several scholarships available.  Two are awarded for research that focuses on specific, however not exclusive, topics.

The Sally Casey Shooting Stars Research Scholarship is focused on research involving native wildflowers, native grasses and grasslands, soil carbon, and soil interactions. Sally Casey (1921 - 2019) was a Founding Member of our Chapter and a CNPS Fellow. The education of future botanists was important to Sally, and for many years she helped to fund scholarships with the sale of shooting stars that she grew in her backyard nursery.

The Don Mayall Conservation Research Scholarship is focused on research on rare plants and serpentine ecosystems. Don Mayall (1932 - 2017) joined our CNPS Chapter in the mid-1980s. He was a CNPS Fellow and was active with in the successful protection efforts for Edgewood County Park (San Mateo County, CA) & Preserve and Coyote Ridge (Santa Clara County, CA).

Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply.

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Horticulture Scholarship

CNPS SCV Horticulture Scholarship

To Promote the Horticultural Use of California Native Plants

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hort flyer v6In 2021, the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS has initiated a new Horticulture Scholarship Program to support a local student pursuing a horticultural career with a focus on California native plants. The scholarship amount is $750 and will be awarded to one student in 2021-2022. The scholarship is intended to help with scholastic related expenses such as books and tuition.

This Horticulture Scholarship is open to any community college horticulture student who attends an accredited college in our chapter area (*South San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and West Stanislaus County) or lives in our chapter area* and attends an accredited college anywhere, is currently enrolled, and has taken (or is taking) a California native plant class as part of their horticulture program.

All students applying for the scholarship will be provided with a Chapter-sponsored student membership to CNPS, and have volunteer opportunities where they can obtain a deeper understanding of native plant horticulture from experienced CNPS advocates and members. We hope that hands-on knowledge obtained in the field and on trails will help strengthen the student’s career path. These opportunities may include field trips with plant id and observation of natural habitats, restoration and ecology work including invasive species removal, volunteering at native plant garden tours, garden maintenance, rare plant treasure hunts, and helping with events like native plant lectures and symposia.

Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2022.

Evaluation of applicants will focus on their interests in incorporating California native plants into their horticultural career.

Application instructions for the 2021-2022 academic year is available at the link HERE

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The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS has supported California native plant horticulture for many years with the Gardening with Natives (GWN) on-line discussion forum and hundreds of free talks in local libraries (pre-Covid) and zoom, on the subject of gardening with native plants. Our YouTube channel is a rich resource of information on native plant horticulture.

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Donors:

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, a check written to “CNPS”, with a notation to “SCV Horticulture Scholarship” may be mailed to the address below. Company matching programs are welcome.

The Treasurer, CNPS Santa Clara Valley Chapter
3921 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 205
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Scholarship Application Instructions and Deadlines

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are being accepted through November 22, 2021.

 The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society provides scholarships to students doing research on native plant or plant community conservation, plant ecology, plant community restoration, plant systematics, rare plants or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Central and Northern California. Scholarships may be awarded to:

  • graduate students; or
  • an undergraduate student or undergraduate research team (consisting of one or more undergraduates and a supervising faculty member).

Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply.

Academic scholarships of $1,500 for graduate student research and a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate student research are available. Evaluation of applications will focus on the stated purpose of the research, experimental design, relationship to native plant and native habitat conservation, and overall impression of the research project.

Scholarship Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in an accredited college or university and undertaking botanical research related to native plants or native plant communities in Central or Northern California.

Required Information

Send required application materials to Karen Cotter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications must be submitted by November 22, 2021.

Graduate Research Scholarship

  1. Graduate Research Application Form
  2. Copy of Transcript (showing course work)
  3. Recommendation/Statement of Qualifications from Major Advisor

Undergraduate Research Scholarship

  1. Undergraduate Research Application Form (completed by Academic advisor and student(s))

Scholarships will be awarded by December 31, 2021. Recipients are requested to share the results of their study or make a brief presentation on their research at a Santa Clara Valley CNPS Chapter meeting in 2022. If a scholarship recipient cannot make a Chapter meeting, other options and/or submittal of a brief article for our chapter newsletter) can be arranged.

The SCV Chapter would appreciate receiving an electronic copy of research results (thesis, dissertation, reports and/or journal articles) once research is complete.


Questions?

Questions regarding the scholarship application can be e-mailed to Karen Cotter, the Scholarship Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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