The Garden Club of America is a nonprofit national organization composed of 199 member garden clubs with almost 18,000 club members who devote energy and expertise to projects in their communities and across the United States. Founded in 1913, the GCA is a leader in horticulture, conservation, creative arts, historic preservation, and environmental protection. It offers research grants and scholarships to students studying these fields.


The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship is an international scholarship in Tropical Horticulture or Landscape Architecture. This scholarship provides $5000 for the international study of tropical horticulture or landscape architecture. This does not mean that the scholar’s study needs to take place in a tropical climate. i.e. the scholar could study in temperate regions as long as the destination is international.


  • Open to graduate or undergraduate students specializing in tropical horticulture, botany, or landscape architecture.
  • Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.

Annual Deadline

January 15

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