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The Zeller Summer Scholarship
in Medicinal Botany


Purpose: To encourage US undergraduate students to expand their knowledge of medicinal botany by pursuing summer study in various projects, courses, and/or internship with supervision and structure.

History: Following a Zone Meeting hosted by her garden club, the Monroe (Louisiana) Garden Study League, Caroline Brown (Mrs. Douglas C.) expressed her interest in funding a summer scholarship in the field of medicinal botany. With the help of Dr. James Miller from the Missouri Botanical Garden, the GCA Scholarship Committee proposed a summer scholarship to include field study, laboratory study, or special coursework in medicinal botany. The fund was originally called the Caroline Brown Fund but Mrs. Brown preferred to call it the Zeller Medicinal Botany Fund to honor deceased members of her family. The scholarship was offered for the first time in 2003 for study during the summer of 2004. Caroline Brown is a member of the GCA House Committee and is responsible for Fine Arts and Acquisitions.

Provisions: Provides $2000 to one student annually for summer study.Eligibility: Open to undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited US college or university for study or work during the summer following the freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year.

To Apply: See application and instructions. Application must be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 1 preceding the summer of proposed study.  Selection: Selection is by members of the GCA Scholarship Committee. A medicinal botanist will also serve on the selection committee. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Fund: Zeller Medicinal Botany Fund

Contact: Connie Yates, Garden Club of America, 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1006. Phone: 212-753-8287, fax: 212-753-0134, email: cyates@gcamerica.org

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