Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Scholarship Guidelines

Deadline for Applications
April 1

The Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Scholarship was established in January 2004 to provide financial support for educational opportunities to residents of North Carolina. The scholarship may provide a renewable yearly award of $1,000.00 with a cap of $3,000.00 for students who will attend a two and/or four-year college and have a been accepted into a horticulture or landscape curriculum at Forsyth Technical Community College or other accredited post-secondary schools in North Carolina. Scholarships will be applied to the cost of undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board, and other college expenses.

To receive consideration, applicants must:

  • be a resident of Forsyth County, North Carolina or one of the other counties in the Winston-Salem Foundation’s service area
  • maintain at least part-time enrollment (minimum if 6 credit hours per semester)
  • demonstrate academic potential and have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • demonstrate financial need, but not restricted to lower incomes (student’s financial need and merit will be equally weighted)
  • be in pursuit of undergraduate associate or baccalaureate degree (first-time degrees preferred)
  • be enrolled in a horticulture or landscaping curriculum.

How to Apply
The online application is available on The Winston-Salem Foundation’s website. Click here to go there now.

The following items must be submitted to the Foundation:
  • online application completed in full
  • high school grade transcript through the first semester of 12th grade or most recent college grade transcript
  • signed copy of parents’ federal income tax return from previous year (if student is a dependent)

Selection Process
A student aid committee of the Winston-Salem Foundation will select recipients. The committee reserves the right to rescind an award should a recipient’s circumstances changes, such as failure to graduate from high school or failure to enroll in an accredited institution.

The Foundation reserves the right to withhold the award in the event that no applicants are deemed to meet the qualifications.

Payment Process
Once recipient(s) have been selected, checks will be issued jointly to the college and to the recipient, and will be mailed to the recipient’s home address for the student to deliver to the college’s financial aid office. Separate checks will be issued for fall and spring semesters. Check processing requires approximately two weeks.

Renewal Process
Awards are renewable for one additional consecutive year if the recipient maintains full time enrollment, continues in horticulture or landscape architecture, and maintains a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.0 as verified by the year-end academic grade transcript. Recipient must request an official grade grade transcript from the college’s registrar and forward it to the Foundation by July 1 of each year.

Management of Fund
The Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Scholarship is administered by the Winston-Salem Foundation. As the fund grows, the number and dollar amount of scholarships may be increased. Questions regarding this scholarship may be directed towards the Winston-Salem Foundation’s student aid department at 336-714-3445 or

How to Give to the Garden Club Council Scholarship Fund
GCC members who would like to support our scholarship fund can send checks made out to the Winston-Salem Foundation with the Garden Club Council Scholarship in the memo line. The address is Winston-Salem Foundation, 751 W 4th St Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Members can also donate online by clicking here.