Nomination Scholarships for Horticulture

We are now accepting nominations for CALS departmental scholarships. The deadline for departmental nominations is April 6, 2020. Please convene your department’s scholarship committee as soon as possible to ensure the completion of the nomination process by April 6.

Your department can nominate students for each scholarship listed below. You will also be able to view the scholarship criteria, the total available funds, and number of awards you can make for each scholarship. When you have decided on a student, or students, for a given scholarship, fill out the form on the right with the required information and click submit. Once the name is entered, it will bounce directly back to this page, so you may continue your awarding.

We are aware that some departmental funds have multiple purposes as described in the fund’s Memorandum of Agreement. The spending of these funds for scholarship purposes is left up to the discretion of the department.

Please keep in mind that donors want to know that their gifts are being spent in the way they intended. Proper donor stewardship, which includes spending the money available, leads to continued giving. Please make every effort to spend the amount available unless there are specific reasons within your department not to.

If you are not the scholarship representative for your department, please let us know so we may update our records.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or see scholarships missing from your list.

Sincerely,

Karen Martin
CALS Scholarship Director

Sue Ryan
Assistant CALS Scholarship Director

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+Aldo Leopold (Green Tree Garden Club) Scholarship

About the Donor
The Green Tree Garden Club awards this scholarship to grad students who have demonstrated talent, ability, and interest in natural resources. It is in honor of Aldo Leopold, a UW Wildlife Ecology professor, who is best known for his book “A Sand County Almanac”.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated talent, ability, and interest in natural resources, and who plans to continue studying at the University in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Recipients shall be selected from the fields of wildlife ecology, the plant life of such environments, or plant / animal ecology. Recipients are selected by the Scholarship and Loans Committee upon the recommendation of the departments of Wildlife Ecology, Forestry, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture.

Total Awardable Amount: TBD

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Burdean Struckmeyer Scholarship

About the Donor
A Madison area native, who obtained her PhD. in Botany-Horticulture, Burdean Struckmeyer, spent her entire career in the UW Department of Horticulture. Her research was vital to interpreting the nature of tree diseases including Dutch Elm and Oak Wilt. This scholarship is to honor her career and research in horticulture.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduates studying horticulture with demonstrated financial need; minimum financial rating of 2.

Total Awardable Amount: $12,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+David Curwen Student Enhancement Scholarship

About the Donor
Dr. David Curwen joined the UW Department of Horticulture in 1963 after earning his Ph.D at Penn State. Some of his many accomplishments while on campus include developing and delivering effective wind erosion control, improved irrigation management, and reducing the need for pesticides for potatoes and other vegetables. This scholarship is set up in recognition of his career.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Horticulture. Preference is given to students who demonstrate leadership ability, have good academic standing. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,250

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Gavin & Mary Weis Research Scholarship

About the Donor
The Gavin and Mary Weis Research and Scholarship Fund was established with memorial gifts to recognize the accomplishments and character of Professor Weis, and of his service to Wisconsin’s agricultural community and his partnership with the University of Wisconsin that he shared with his wife Mary.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to CALS undergraduate students majoring in Horticulture or other plant sciences. Students must demonstrate leadership in their field and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. The department of Horticulture nominates students for this award.

Total Awardable Amount: $3,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Gurine Gulsteen (Gjermundson) Research Fellowship

About the Donor
This CALS scholasrhip is provided in honor of Gurine Gulsteen.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to students for research and study who are working to solve practical problems that WI farmers confront in daily lives. All CALS Graduate Programs.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Herbert J. Hopen Scholarship

About the Donor
This CALS scholarship is provided by Herbert J. Hopen.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate students in CALS majoring in Horticulture. This scholarship is awarded based upon high academic achievement.

Total Awardable Amount: $2,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Madison West Kiwanis - Dickson Scholarship

About the Donor
Information to come.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to CALS undergraduate students who are Wisconsin residents and majoring in one of the following majors AAE, ABM, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, BSE, Dairy Science, Food Science, Horticulture, Nutri Sci-Dietetics, Soil Science. Sophomore, Junior , or Senior status. FAFSA required. Activity Score 2.

Total Awardable Amount: $7,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Phyto Colorant Scholarship

About the Donor
Jean A. Goldman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1955 with a degree in social work. Growing up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, she learned about gardening and cooking from her mother, and these two pursuits became lifelong passions. She became expert at both. This scholarship honors her skill in those arts, but also her unwavering positivism and her embrace of life and family. Jean and her husband Ted live in Skokie, Illinois and make frequent trips to Madison. Hermann von Elbe (1900 – 1991) was born in Germany, and grew up in a small town on the banks of the Rhine River. After high school, he earned an M.S. Degree in Agriculture. After two internships, he managed and operated a farm, owned by his father in law, in Pommerania near the Baltic Sea. After World War II the farm was seized by the Russian occupational forces. This event set in motion immigration proceedings to America. He entered America in 1950. He managed for three years a farm near Elgin, Il and later managed for several years the Wrigley farm in Lake Geneva, WI. When Wrigley farm operations were closed, he moved to Madison, WI and worked for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation taking care or research animals until his retirement.

Eligibility Criteria
HOLD FOR FUNDING APPROVAL. Awarded to CALS Juniors and Seniors majoring in Food Science and Horticulture who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students awarded as Juniors are eligible to receive award as senior. 2 awards of $3,000.00 each are to be given – one each to Food Science and Horticulture.

Total Awardable Amount: $6,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Rho Chapter of Pi Alpha Xi Scholarship

About the Donor
This CALS scholarship is provided by Rho Chapter of Pi Alpha Xi.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to juniors or seniors majoring in Horticulture and in good academic standing. Minimum GPA of 3.0.

Total Awardable Amount: $750

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners, Inc. Scholarship

About the Donor
This scholarship was established in 2010 by the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners Inc., a nonprofit corporation and division of UW-Extension. Their mission is teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities. Their focus is to educate the public on horticulture principles based upon University of Wisconsin recommendations and research. They established this scholarship to encourage the study and practice of research-based horticulture, to instill a joy of gardening, and to share that knowledge through community service.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to Horticulture sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. Recipient(s) shall engage, or have engaged, in at least one semester of independent study/research related to horticulture under the direction of a faculty or staff member. Minimum GPA of 2.0 and minimum financial rating of 1. Preference given to students from Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Total Awardable Amount: $2,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Wes Hansche Memorial Scholarship

About the Donor
Mrs. Marion V. Hansche ’56 MS, set up this fund in honor of her late husband, Dr Wesley E. Hansche ’55, ’57 MS, ’59 PhD, a distinguished Wisconsin horticulturist, naturalist and outdoorsman. Marion worked at Tulane University as a Director and graduated from the College of Letters and Science.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to full-time undergraduate students in the department of Horticulture. Recipients must be Wisconsin residents with consideration given to financial need, extracurricular activities, and academic standing. Minimum GPA of 2.0. Minimum financial rating of 1 and minimum activity rating of 1.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+William F. Connell Memorial Scholarship

About the Donor
After having discovered a new variety of apple in 1949, William Connell grew his meager orchard, into a 13,000 tree orchard – and the home to his namesake – the Connell Red Apple. In addition to running the Connell’s Orchard, Mr. Connell also served as president of the Wisconsin Horticultural Society. This scholarship for horticulture students was established as a memorial of his achievements by friends and family.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduates in the department of Horticulture. Recipients must be Wisconsin residents and have satisfactory academic standing. Minimum GPA of 2.75.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Wisconsin Agri-Business Association Scholarship

About the Donor
This scholarship was created by the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association. The Wisconsin Agri-Business Association, Inc. (WABA) is a non-profit trade association. The mission of the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association is to represent, provide programs and services, educate, train, manage regulatory and legislative affairs, and to be a strong unifying voice for the agribusiness industries of Wisconsin.

Eligibility Criteria
Recipients of this award are juniors or seniors majoring in either Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Entomology or Horticulture. Recipients must demonstrate an interest in soil fertility and plant nutrition or pest management. Each student may only receive this scholarship once and must be US citizens. Consideration given to scholastic ability, and leadership activities. NOTE: Award entire amount in Fall Semester. Minimum GPA is 2.0. Minimum activity rating is 2.

Total Awardable Amount: $2,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Scholarship

About the Donor
This scholarship was established in November 1991 by the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association. The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association (WSCGA) is a member-based organization designed to cultivate Wisconsin’s cranberry industry and support its growers through useful educational resources, responsible environmental stewardship, sound governmental policies and effective public communications. Founded in 1887 to serve the needs of the state’s cranberry growers, WSCGA is committed to developing and implementing programs that assist growers in doing a better job of growing cranberries and strengthening public support for cranberry growing in Wisconsin. The state leads the nation in cranberry production, supplying 60 percent of the nation’s cranberry crop.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to Juniors or Seniors that are in satisfactory academic standing with preference given to students who show an interest in the cranberry growing industry. Recipients are nominated by the Departments of Plant Pathology, Soil Sciences, Horticulture and Entomology. Minimum GPA of 2.0.

Total Awardable Amount: $2,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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