Step One: Gather your materials. You'll need:
Personal info and school info. Have addresses, phone numbers, and student identification numbers ready.
A cover letter. You'll be asked to copy and paste it into our form. This is your “statement of purpose” and allows you to introduce yourself, your interest in horticulture, and your future career goals to the scholarship review panel. This is your opportunity to share what makes you special, how horticulture inspires you, and why you should be awarded an HRI scholarship.
A resume. You'll be asked to copy and paste it into our form.
A transcript. You'll be asked to upload a Word or PDF document of your transcript (showing grades). You can supply either a student copy or an official version.
Two letters of recommendation.You'll be asked to upload Word or PDF documents, so ask your references to provide you the recommendation in one of those formats.
Step Two: Create a user account using the link in the upper right-hand section of this page. You must be logged in to access the application portal.
Step Three: Navigate back to this page, select a scholarship from the left hand navigation bar, and begin the application.
Special Note: You must complete an application for EACH scholarship you wish to pursue. However, you only need to provide a single set of recommendations (although you will have to upload them for every application you complete), regardless of how many scholarship applications you submit.
1. Applicant must be a resident of one of the three MANTS member states: Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia. Attendance at an institution within these states is not mandatory.
2. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related discipline at a two or four year institution.
3. Applicant must be currently enrolled in good standing and carry a full-time course load at the time of application and during the semesters for which the scholarship is granted.
4. Applicant must have a minimum grade point average overall of 2.7 based on a scale of 4.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in their major.
5. Applicant must have at least a junior standing in a four-year curriculum or senior standing in a two-year curriculum as of the fall semester of scholarship application year.
6. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to work within the industry (including nursery operation, landscape architecture/design/construction/maintenance, interiorscape, horticultural distribution, or retail garden center) following graduation.
7. Previous Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship award winners are eligible for additional funding and may reapply for the scholarship.