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California Native Plant Society

Santa Clara Valley Chapter

Scholarships - Application Instructions and Deadlines

The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is offering 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

Graduate Research Scholarship Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  1. Graduate Research Application Form
  2. Copy of Transcript (showing course work)
  3. Recommendation/Statement of Qualifications from Major Advisor
  1. Undergraduate Research Application Form (completed by Academic advisor and student(s))

Please note: There are separate application forms for individual graduate students and undergraduate students or research teams.

Send required application materials to:

California Native Plant Society, Scholarship Committee
c/o Karen Cotter
1510 Lima Court
San Jose, CA 95126

Applications must be postmarked by November 22, 2020

Scholarships will be awarded by December 31, 2020. 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 2021.

*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 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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