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California Native Plant Society

Santa Clara Valley Chapter

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 to research that focus 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. Applications must be postmarked by November 22, 2020.

Academic scholarships of $1,500 for graduate student research and a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate student research are available. 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). 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.

Applications for the 2020 -2021 academic year are available here:

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


The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS has supported California native plant research by students since 1999.  Starting in 2018, the graduate student scholarships include the Donald Mayall Conservation Scholarship and the Sally Casey Shooting Stars Scholarship. 

See a list of our scholarship winners.

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