Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs continues to provide scholarships to deserving Virginia college students majoring in any garden-related subject in an accredited college or university.  In 2015, a total of $8,000.00 was awarded to 4 students.


Funding for scholarships is derived from many sources including Life Memberships, donations, and established endowments.  Judging of recipients for the scholarships is based on need, scholastic record, character, initiative and general attitude.  The selection of the scholarship winners is made by the Scholarship Committee of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.


Applicants must be full-time students majoring in Agriculture Education, Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Plant Pathology/Science, Forestry, Agronomy, Environmental Concerns, Environmental Conservation, Habitat or Forest/Systems Ecology, Land Management and/or other garden related or allied subjects.  Career goals must demonstrate objectives that are garden-related.

Applicants must be a resident of Virginia and must be enrolled at an accredited college or university.


Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs

Below are some of The Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs offerings:

  1. Thelma W. Utt Scholaship - awarded to a Junior, Senior or Graduate student majoring in a Horticulture-related field

  2. Rita M. Costello Scholarship - awarded to Junior, Senior or Graduate student majoring in a Horticulture-related field

  3. Peg Grinnus Scholarship - awarded to an undergraduate student attending any accredited College or University.

  4. Minna D. Adams Scholarship - awarded to a student of Virginia Tech.

  5. The President’s Horticulture Scholarship - awarded to a student of Virginia Tech.

Application Information

  1. Applications may be made by Sophomores to be awarded for the Junior Year.

  2. High School Seniors may apply for The President’s Horticulture Scholarship to be awarded for the Freshman Year

  3. The VFGC Scholarship amounts are determined by the VFGC Board of Directors. 

  4. A student may re-apply for more than one year.

Application Form - WORD or PDF

  1. or contact the VFGC Scholarship Chairman for an application or more information

Due Date:  Received by February 1

(Scholarship awards are notified in May and paid out in July/August for Fall Semester of application year)


Send completed application to:

Lisa Robinson, VFGC Scholarship Chairman

Address on Application Form


  1. To qualify for SAR and NGC Scholarships,

  2. application must also be made for VFGC Scholarships.

South Atlantic Region

of National Garden Clubs

Corrie Whitlock Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to a college sophomore or junior for use during the junior or senior year of college.  Each state within the South Atlantic Region may submit one application to be in competition for the Scholarship.  A qualifying student is one who is majoring in the study of Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Plant Pathology, Biology, Forestry, Agronomy, Environmental Concerns, City Planning, Land Management and/or allied subjects.  Changing from a major study of garden club interest will result in forfeiture and/or reimbursement of the Corrie Whitlock South Atlantic Region Scholarship.


Scholarship Amount

The Corrie Whitlock Memorial Scholarship Amount is set by the SAR Board of Directors. 

As long as a student maintains a “B” average, he/she may reapply for a second year.


Application Form and more details are available on South Atlantic Region website or contact VFGC Scholarship Chairman.


Due Date:  Received by February 1

Send completed application to:

Lisa Robinson, VFGC Scholarship Chairman

Address on Application Form


National Garden Clubs

National Garden Clubs offers 35-41 scholarships of $3,500 to $4000 annually to Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students that are majoring in horticulture and related fields. Besides the required majors to qualify, the student must be pursuing a career related to gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral design or horticulture.  (Applications may be made by Sophomores for grants to be awarded for the Junior year.) All applicants must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 point scale) in order to apply.

Application Form and more details are available on National Garden Clubs website or contact VFGC Scholarship Chairman.

Due Date:  Received by February 1

Send completed application to:

Lisa Robinson, VFGC Scholarship Chairman

Address on Application Form


For more details on all of these scholarships, contact the VFGC Scholarship Chairman

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