SCA and the Garden Club of America: Rooted Nationally, blooming locally
SCA and the Garden Club of America (GCA) have a long history of partnership and collaboration that began with SCA’s founder and Garden Club member, Liz Putnam a member of the Bennington Garden Club in Bennington, Vermont. The GCA and its member clubs from around the country have given SCA over $1 million in financial support during SCA’s 60-plus year history. Garden Clubs contribute to SCA in ways large and small, from sharing the proceeds of plant sales to working alongside SCA members on trail restoration, invasive plant removal, and other critical conservation and habitat improvement projects in parks and green spaces nationwide.
Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
In 2010, the Garden Club of America established a scholarship as a tribute to the late Sara “Sally” Shallenberger Brown. A member of the Glenview Garden Club of Louisville, Kentucky since 1939, Mrs. Brown gave many years of active and inﬂuential service to environmental issues and conservation organizations on a local, national, and global level.
The purpose of the Brown scholarship is to encourage studies and careers in the conservation fields, with the opportunity to protect, enhance and gain knowledge and experience for the lasting benefit of US National Parks. Every year the scholarship funds the field training of one to two SCA Apprentice Crew Leader (ACL) positions working in a unit of the National Park Service. The goal of the scholarship and SCA’s ACL program is to give young adults the technical and interpersonal skills—combined with challenging field experience—to become a leader within the conservation movement.
Applications for the 2021 Brown Scholarship are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is February 2.