OHS Scholarship

Oakville Horticultural Society Scholarship Guidelines

The Oakville Horticultural Society (OHS) aims to further the knowledge of horticulture,
stimulating an interest in gardening in our community’s youth and
encouraging the beautification of both public and private properties since 1957.

Partnering with Oakville’s conservation groups, the society also seeks to protect plant diversity in our
community’s forest and wetland areas

The Scholarship
The OHS is offering a $1000.00 (CDN) scholarship to Ontario students pursuing a full-time, post graduate, horticulture-related degree at an accredited university. One scholarship will be
awarded annually at the discretion of the OHS.

Objective
The objective is to provide financial encouragement that will enable students to further advanced knowledge in horticulture by undertaking post graduate studies.

Eligibility Criteria
The scholarship is available to Canadian citizens from an accredited Ontario university applying for or already studying in a Masters or PhD program in horticulture or a related discipline such as botany, plant science, ecology or environmental science. Other courses of study may be considered based on a rationale of the horticultural connection presented by the applicant. The location of the post graduate university is geographically restricted to Canada. Special consideration may be given if a candidate’s residence is/has been within Halton Region.
There is no age limit on the candidates.

Other Terms and Conditions
The scholarship is provided for one year only. Candidates may reapply for subsequent support which may be considered by the OHS Executive Committee. The scholarship recipient will be invited to attend an OHS general meeting as a speaker. This is not mandatory, however, the OHS is interested in learning about new knowledge in
horticulture. The presentation could be an update on their progress in their research area or any specific horticultural topic of their choosing.

The successful candidate will be given a two year membership to the OHS.

Application Process
Candidates must submit:

1. An OHS Scholarship Application Form.
2. A copy of their letter of acceptance into the course of study or a copy of their unofficial transcript for post graduate studies already completed. If the applicant has not yet received confirmation of acceptance, it must be provided prior to the scholarship funds being paid.
3. Name and contact information of a reference.
4. An essay (250-500 words) describing why they should receive this scholarship and how it will help in their planned studies.

The application package should be submitted by email to scholarship.ohs@oakvillehort.org or by mail to:

Oakville Horticultural Society Scholarship
Box 69605
109 Thomas Street
Oakville, ON L6J 7R4

Selection Process
Scholarship recipients will be selected by the OHS Executive Committee, unless a special committee is noted.
Selections will be based on points awarded in the following areas: Academic, Leadership,Community Service, Involvement in Horticultural/Ecological Activities, Connection to Halton Region and the essay.
The chosen applicant will receive notification of their selection via phone call and formal written notification by email. After confirmation of acceptance, other applicants will be notified of the results by email.
Note: The scholarship may not be awarded in any given year if the Executive Committee decides there are no suitable applicants.

Timing
Applications will be accepted between January 1st and March 31st of each year for the upcoming academic year (September). The scholarship will be delivered prior to the beginning of the academic year. The successful candidate will be invited to receive their award at an OHS meeting but attendance is not mandatory. For 2017, the first year the scholarship will be offered, applications will be accepted until October 15, 2017 and the scholarship will be awarded by December 31st for the second term of study.

Attracting Applicants and Marketing
The OHS will invite applications for the scholarship through channels including but not limited to:
• Ontario University Awards offices or other relevant departments;
• Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Ontario Invasive Plant Council, Ontario Horticultural Association, Royal Botanical Gardens, Royal Ontario Museum and other knowledge based organizations as identified;
• Websites such as yconic.com, findmyscholarships.com, scholarshipscanada.com, our own OHS website and selected social media opportunities; and
• Local garden centres to make employees aware of the scholarship opportunity.

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