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The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship


Purpose: To promote environmental studies by students who are residents of New Jersey or nonresidents studying in New Jersey or its surrounding waters. 

History: In 2003, Frances Starr Todd determined that a fitting tribute to her great grandmother, Caroline Thorn Kissel, would be a GCA scholarship dedicated to environmental study relating to Mrs. Kissel’s beloved State of New Jersey. It was Mrs. Todd’s wish that the scholarship be named for her great grandmother. The funding was provided by Mrs. Todd, a Trustee of the Abbey K. Starr Charitable Trust, Gladstone, New Jersey, in December, 2003. The first Kissel Scholar was named in March of 2004.

Provisions: Provides $2000 in financial assistance to one scholar annually for summer environmental study selected by the applicant. (The award amount was increased from $1500 in 2007.)

Eligibility: Open to college students, graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, or non-degree-seeking applicants above the high school level. Applicants must be US citizens and either residents of New Jersey studying in New Jersey or elsewhere, or nonresidents pursuing study in New Jersey or its surrounding waters.

To Apply: See Kissel Scholarship application and information. Applications must be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by February 10 preceding the summer of study.PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Applicants will be reviewed by members of GCA Scholarship Selection Committee, including the Zone IV Scholarship Representative. 

Fund: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Environmental Studies Scholarship Fund is managed by the GCA.

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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