2015 Information on Scholarships Offered by the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State

One of the purposes of the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State (MGFWS) is education.  Each year the MGFWS offers two scholarships to enable Washington State students to pursue study in horticulture and its related fields.

Application Process for the Van Bobbitt Scholarship for 2015

Applicant must be:

  1. Sponsored by a Washington state county Master Gardener Program.
  2. Accepted by a recognized accredited college/university.
  3. Planning a course of study in horticulture or related fields.

To apply, submit the following:

  1. The completed application cover sheet.
  2. A copy of grade transcripts plus GPA.
  3. A one- or two-page essay on your choice of vocation or profession, how you have planned for the future and how your education will influence that future.
  4. A summary of your activities and service to your family, your school and your community.  This summary should include any awards or honors received and may be submitted as a résumé.
  5. At least two (2) letters of recommendation (one preferably from an instructor).

Criteria for the Scholarship:

Applications will be judged at the county and state level on the basis of:

Essay on Choice of Profession or Vocation

25 points

Evidence of Planning for the Future

25 points

Academics (Showing Interest in Horticultural Areas)

20 points


5 points

Activities & Service

25 points

Total Points

100 points



  1. Contact your local county Extension Master Gardener Program to see who coordinates the Scholarship committee. You can find information about your county at
  2. Submit the required items to the scholarship coordinator in your county. If your county does not have a Master Gardener Program, you may submit your application to the Master Gardener Program of a neighboring Washington county. Use the Application Cover Sheet below or a copy from your county or school office.
  3. The deadline for submission to the County committee is May 2, 2015.
  4. A County scholarship committee will screen applicants. Only one applicant from each county per year can be submitted to the State level. The selected application will be forwarded to the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State Scholarship Committee for final selection.
  5. A representative for the county must sign the application.

Other Details

  1. The MGFWS Scholarship Committee will meet after May 2nd to make its decision. The winner will be announced after the decision has been made.
  2. After the selected recipient provides proof of registration to the MGFWS, scholarship monies will be sent directly to the college/university cashier’s office in the recipient’s name.

2015 Van Bobbitt Scholarship Application Cover Sheet