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California Native Plant Society

Santa Clara Valley Chapter

Horticulture Scholarship

CNPS SCV Horticulture Scholarship

To Promote the Horticultural Use of

California Native Plants



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In 2021, the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS 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 annually. The scholarship is intended to help with scholastic 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 March 31, 2023.

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

Application instructions for the 2022-2023 academic year are available at the link HERE

If you have any questions on the Horticulture Scholarship, please contact Dee Himes at dee4cnps[at]


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.



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

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