The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship

Garden Club of America

Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 17, 2019

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

Age restriction: Between 19 and 20 years of age

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Established in 2010, the scholarship is a tribute to the late Sara “Sally” Shallenberger Brown. It was launched in 2011 to showcase Mrs. Brown's dedication to the environment and ensure that her legacy will continue in perpetuity. A member of the Glenview Garden Club of Louisville, Kentucky since 1939, Sally Brown gave many years of active and influential service to environmental issues and conservation organizations on a local, national, and global level. The establishment of the scholarship both commemorated Sally’s 100th birthday and honored the centennial of the National Park Service. The Brown scholarship was established in partnership with the Student Conservation Association, which was itself founded by Elizabeth “Liz” Putnam, a member of the Bennington Garden Club of Bennington, Vermont. For more about the Student Conservation Association, click here.


The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage students to pursue careers in conservation by hands-on field training experience protecting the treasured resources of America’s national parks. The scholarship will allow the Student Conservation Association to expand its apprentice crew leader program into America’s National Parks.


Annually provides training, transportation and a $250/wk stipend for each student as an SCA apprentice crew leader working directly under two experienced leaders on a 3 or 4 week summer trail crew in one of America’s storied national parks. The scholarship’s founders hope that students will build on their enhanced technical and interpersonal skills and become full-fledged crew leaders or pursue related careers in environmental education or outdoor leadership training.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Open to college undergraduates aged 19 to 20, with preference given to those with prior SCA experience.
  • Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. - based institution.
  • One GCA scholarship, fellowship or award may be applied for annually.


  • Preference will be given to those with prior SCA experience.