Garden Club Members, Affiliates, and Members at Large:

We have experienced some very slow years due to COVID. The last appeal letter was sent out for 2020–2021. In spite of the unfortunate years we want to thank you very much for your generosity and commitment to the GCO Scholarship Fund in 2022–2023. Funds are received for the Annual Appeal, Memorials and Honorarium. The total this past year was $7,990 — Congratulations! Thank you to all who remembered to make a contribution to the Scholarship Annual Appeal, Memorials, and Honorarium donations.

This year we gave three scholarships for a total of $50,000. The students must have finished one semester of college, be an Ohio resident, but it is not necessary to attend an Ohio college. The students must be enrolled in one or many fields of agriculture (e.g. botany, biology, landscape architecture, environmental concerns, etc.).

With each contribution a thank you note is sent to the donor or garden club. Notification is sent to the individual or family of the memorial or honorarium, but their address must be provided. All contributions are published in the garden greetings a copy of this letter will be on the website.

We are a TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More. The GCO Scholarship Fund is a very important project for GCO. We are hopeful for 100% participation this up coming year 2023-2024. Every contribution is appreciated and we are grateful for any amount.

Looking forward to a successful Scholarship Annual Appeal from you this year! Thank you very much for your interest in helping college students fulfill their dream in one of the many fields of agriculture. GCO appreciates your support!

Cornelia Wagener, GCO Scholarship Contributions Chair 2023-2025

Details and form: GCO Scholarship AnnualAppeal2023-2024



……….now accepting PhD students!

Applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.
  • International or Foreign Exchange Students are not eligible.
  • Must be attending school full-time as defined by NGC:
    • Undergraduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 graded hours of classes.
    • Graduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 graded hours of classes.
  • Study abroad on fellowships or internships are not eligible; funds may be applied to studies overseas provided that the study is a condition of the recipient’s degree plan and that payment continues to be made to the accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Must be planning a career related to gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral design or horticulture.
  • Must be majoring in one of the following fields of study:
    • Agronomy
    • Agriculture Education
    • Floriculture
    • Horticulture
    • Landscape Design
    • Botany, Biology
    • Forestry
    • Wildlife Science
    • Plant Pathology/Science
    • City (Rural & Urban) Planning
    • Habitat or Forest/Systems Ecology
    • Environmental Concerns (Management: Environmental, Horticulture Resource/Environmental Behavior)
    • Environmental Conservation (including Engineering)
    • Land Management and/or other related or allied subjects

NOTE: Only two (2) letters of recommendation are required for 2024-2025


Margaret Duff, GCO Scholarship Chair

90 Pioneer Trail

Aurora OH 44202-9317


Cell phone:  (216) 496-4870

GCO NGC Schol App Guidelines 2024

GCO NGC scholarship-application-form-REVISED 2024

GCO NGC-scholarship-financial-aid-form REVISED 2024

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