NHS Scholarships

Elisabeth Carey Miller Scholarship in Horticulture

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the scholarship is to support the research and education of a student enrolled in the graduate program at the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington, or in the University programs directly associated with the Center, such as the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences or the Department of Landscape Architecture.


The intent is to support the efforts of a student with a project or goal related to environmental horticulture. The source of the funds is from the interest accrued from the Northwest Horticultural Society Horticultural Education Fund, a $150,000 endowment.

The scholarship is not intended as a full scholarship but as financial assistance for a specific project. The student’s project should focus in some way on the distinctive environmental conditions and cultural requirements faced by plants growing in urban environments. For example, the project might apply to understanding how plants respond to conditions found in urbanizing environments, or how they cope with stress or environmental degradation. Alternately, the project might relate to the ways in which plants are used in, or contribute to, urban and urbanizing environments.

The scholarships are granted for one year only.


Each applicant must submit the following by Monday, September 25, 2017:

  • A one page narrative describing the student’s course of study. This narrative must clearly describe how the project relates in some way to applied environmental horticulture, e.g.: plant stress physiology, propagation/growth, application to public horticulture programs, etc.
  • A resume of work experience and area of academic study
  • A complete official transcript of the student’s academic record (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be written by a UW faculty member

NOTE:Students may reapply if previously denied a scholarship. Students previously awarded scholarships may reapply in non-consecutive years.

Questions about the scholarship and application process can also be directed to NHS Scholarship Committee chair Ray Larson at halcyon@u.washington.edu.

Notification of scholarship awards will be given to applicants by October 15, 2017.

Scholarship awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting on November 8, 2017.

At the end of the award year, both a written and oral report must be presented to the Society. The reports are usually given at the annual meeting of the Society in November.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

  • Northwest Horticultural Society
  • Attn: Scholarship Committee
  • University of Washington
  • Box 354115
  • Seattle, WA 98195-4115

Application Deadlines

NHS Grants: August 31, 2016 Scholarships: May 9, 2016