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Application For
Karen Colini Horticulture Scholarship Fund

The Karen Colini Horticulture Scholarship Fund has been created to provide financial assistance to those wanting to further their education in one of the fields of horticulture.  The study of horticulture is diverse and includes a wide variety of individuals and groups who farm, landscape, garden, research, own nurseries, work in conservation, municipal or national park care, consultation, enjoy the bounty of horticultural plants for nourishment, health benefits, improvement of community, and aesthetics that these plants provide.  

This financial aid offer is available to students attending high school, vocational school, college undergraduate and advanced degree students, and non-degree seeking students studying at an accredited college, university, major botanic garden, or arboretum.  One scholarship of $1000.00 will be awarded per year.

Application deadline is 12:00 midnight March 1 of the current year.  Incomplete applications or applications received after deadline will not be reviewed.  The scholarship will be awarded by the first Monday in May.  For the year 2022, the deadline will be August 1, and funds will be awarded by September 15. In 2022 only, funds may be used for studies completed in retrospect in the year of 2022.

The Karen Colini Memorial Horticulture Scholarship Fund will be awarded based nonacademic performance, extra-curricular activities, work experience and a demonstrated interest in a green industry career.  There will be no discrimination based on age, sex, color, race, or religious belief.

Application must include:

1.) Fully completed application and personal letter of intent.  Your letter of intent addressed to The Design Network should:

      a.)  Be 300 - 500 words describing yourself

      b.)  State your goals for occupation in the field of horticulture

      c.)  Include your plans for the future

      d.)  State why you deserve this scholarship

      e.)  Show examples of your leadership

      f.)  Include any of your community involvement

      g.)  State what knowledge and experience this scholarship will help you


2.)  Two letters of recommendations dated and signed in current year from two of the following:  horticulture educator, employer, advisor, or mentor.  Please be sure they include their name, title, email address, and phone number.  Send via email to: with the applicant's name as the subject title.  References should not be a relative of the applicant.  

3.)  Most current transcript from all schools attended (high school, vocational school, college of university).  Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

4.)  Current photo with written statement from you giving permission to use your photo and name for potential future publication by The Design Network.

Applicants may be interviewed by a panel of Design Network members.

Please fill in and submit application below.  All uploads should be in PDF form only, with your name in the title of the PDF.  All fields must be completed, if you do not have information for the field, or it does not apply, please enter 'NA" for not applicable.

We thank you for your interest and commitment to the horticulture field.  Best wishes in achieving success in your goals!

The Colini Family & The Design Network