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California Native Plant Society

Santa Clara Valley Chapter

CNPS SCV Scholarships

The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is strongly committed to the advancement of educational opportunities around native plants. Since 1999, the chapter has sponsored a scholarship program for students doing research on native plant or plant community conservation, plant ecology, plant community restoration, plant systematics, rare plants or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Central and Northern California. There are several scholarships available. In addition to the two named scholarships that are awarded for research that focuses on specific, however not exclusive, topics, additional scholarships are available. In 2021, an additional scholarship program to support a local student pursuing a horticultural career with a focus on California native plants was established.

The Horticulture Scholarship Program provides $750 to support a local student pursuing a horticultural career with a focus on California native plants. The scholarship is intended to help with scholastic related expenses such as books and tuition. Learn more about this program and apply for a scholarship here.

The Sally Casey Shooting Stars Research Scholarship provides $1,500 for a student focused on research involving native wildflowers, native grasses and grasslands, soil carbon, and soil interactions. Sally Casey (1921 - 2019) was a Founding Member of our Chapter and a CNPS Fellow. The education of future botanists was important to Sally, and for many years she helped to fund scholarships with the sale of shooting stars that she grew in her backyard nursery.

The Don Mayall Conservation Research Scholarship  provides $1,500 for a student focused on research on rare plants and serpentine ecosystems. Don Mayall (1932 - 2017) joined our CNPS Chapter in the mid-1980s. He was a CNPS Fellow and was active with in the successful protection efforts for Edgewood County Park (San Mateo County, CA) & Preserve and Coyote Ridge (Santa Clara County, CA).

Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply for one of our research scholarships.

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, a check written to “CNPS”, with a notation to “SCV Ed. Scholarship” may be mailed to the address below. Company matching programs are welcome.

CNPS Santa Clara Valley Chapter
3921 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303


See a list of our scholarship winners.

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