Scholarship Program

Who is eligible?

The purpose of the Master Gardener scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to a high school senior, who resides in Madison County, and has declared an intent to study horticulture or a related subject, such as botany or landscape architecture, agriculture, animal sciences, natural resources, and environmental sciences. The scholarship will be awarded according to the following guidelines:

  • A high school senior, entering college, majoring in horticulture or a related subject area.
  • Lacking a viable High School Senior applicant, continuing scholarships beyond the freshman year will be considered.
  • Award of scholarship will be made without regard to race, color, sex, religion, handicapping condition, or national origin.
  • More than one scholarship may be awarded in any given year.
  • Applicant must provide proof of college acceptance upon award notification.

In judging applicants, the following points will be considered:

  • Essay on reason for choosing horticulture or related college major
  • Teacher(s) or counselor recommendation
  • Character
  • Personality
  • Leadership
  • Scholarship – preference for students in the upper third of their graduating class.

A scholarship committee of the Master Gardener Association will review the applications. Personal interviews may be required, as determined necessary by the scholarship committee. If the committee determines there are no qualified applicants, the award may be withheld.

Additional application packets may be obtained from the Madison County Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service office, located in the Madison County Government Center. Applications (Click here for printable Application) are due in the County Cooperative Extension Service Office by 4:00 p.m. on the last business day of February for the school year beginning the following September. Candidates who submit their applications by February 14th will have the benefit of a pre-award review.

The number and amount of awards are determined annually by the board of directors of the Master Gardeners of Madison County. Whenever possible, this determination will be made by June 30th for the following year’s award.

Scholarship moneys can be used for tuition, books, supplies, and other school-related expenses, including room and board at school-operated facilities. School-related expenses will be clarified on a case-by-case basis, as the need arises.

Scholarship payments will be made directly to the college or university after official notice of entry is presented by the award recipient or sent by the college or university.  Email applications to or mail to:

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Services, 3424 Mounds Road, Anderson, IN 46017