Every year, the department awards scholarships to current, incoming, and transfer undergraduate students in plant science and sustainable agriculture & food systems. Students are automatically eligible for all departmental scholarships when they apply for college-level scholarships or through their admission materials through the university. Visit the CFANS scholarship page for application materials and deadlines.

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My time at the University of Minnesota has deepened my love for horticulture and opened my eyes to all the possibilities my future can hold. Receiving a scholarship allowed me to focus more on my education and less on the financial stress that comes with earning a degree.

Cayla Smith, Plant Science Undergraduate

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List of Undergraduate Departmental Scholarships

Award Eligibility
Vincent K. Bailey Scholarship Undergraduate student in environmental horticulture with academic ability, academic promise, and good character.
Thomas M. & Drusilla Paist McGill Scholarship Undergraduate student emphasizing in horticulture.
Philip & Mary Allen Scholarship An undergraduate student interested in floriculture.
Minnesota Garden Flower Scholarship An undergraduate student interested in floriculture.
C.N. Ruedlinger Memorial Scholarship Undergraduate students in the horticulture program, including students interested in the nursery industry and related fields.
Edgar & Arlene Graupman Scholarship An undergraduate student who is a resident of Hennepin County, emphasizing in environmental horticulture.
Saint Anthony Park Garden Club Scholarship Undergraduate student passionate about gardening and horticulture.
Arthur E. Hutchins Scholarship Undergraduate student in vegetable or fruit production.
Dale & Ingebor Smith Scholarship Undergraduate student with an environmental horticulture emphasis.
Gideon Memorial Scholarship Undergraduate student in fruit production.
Leon C. Snyder Scholarship Undergraduate student with a horticulture emphasis.
Soil & Sunshine Garden Club Scholarship Undergraduate student enrolled in environmental horticulture; each recipient presents a seminar to the club.
Wagner’s Greenhouse Scholarship Undergraduate student studying production horticulture.
Richard A. Hamilton Scholarship Undergraduate student studying horticulture.
George and Mary Lou Klacan Scholarship Must have an internship at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Markhart Organics Scholarship Undergraduate student working on the University of Minnesota Student Organic Farm or an undergraduate student working with horticultural crops that is engaged with traditionally underserved neighborhoods in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
ASHS Outstanding Undergraduate Horticulture Student Students are nominated for this award by the department. This award is given to the top undergraduate scholar in the department.
ASHS Collegiate Scholars Award Students are nominated for this award by the department. They must be in the top 15% of their class and are selected on the basis of their scholarship achievements, leadership abilities, participation in campus/club activities, and services to their departments.
ASHS Scholars Award Applicants must be nominated by the head of the department. Only one person may be nominated by the department per year. See the criteria on the ASHS website.
Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Scholarships Students are nominated for this award by the department. This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate student studying horticulture.