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Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award

Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award

The Garden Club of America, as part of its Scholarship program, offers an award to an individual who provides outstanding education for our youth. The Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Fund for Early Environmental Education was established "to recognize an individual who, through working with children under 16 years of age in horticulture and the environment, has inspired their appreciation of the beauty and fragility of our planet."

Both GCA and non-GCA members are eligible and may be proposed. (Individuals may not propose themselves.) The award is administered by the GCA Scholarship Committee, which screens candidates and selects the award recipient(s). Since its creation, the amount of the award has been $1,000, and has been presented annually to one or more persons.

Miss Hull (1900-1996) spent her early life in South Dakota and Missouri. She moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut in 1936 and became an active member of the Ridgefield Garden Club. Miss Hull credited her mother and grandmother with instilling in her a concern for the environment and encouraging her to appreciate common-sense horticultural practices long before they became nationally accepted.

A GCA club or a GCA member who wishes to propose a candidate is asked to complete a Hull Award application. In addition to basic data, the application requests information that relates how the candidate furthered the environmental education of youth, including the purpose, description and dates of his/her work, and the age range of the participants. Applications must be received by the Scholarship Committee by February 1.

Additional information and applications are available through Garden Club of America Headquarters. We invite your inquiries. Please contact the Scholarship Committee Liaison at (212) 753-8369, FAX (212) 753-0134, during business hours. 

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