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Scholarships, Grants and Awards

The North Carolina Native Plant Society is a non-profit educational and conservation organization whose purpose is to promote the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina’s native plants and their habitats through education, protection, cultivation, and advocacy. We educate the public about the beauty, diversity, and environmental importance of the native flora of North Carolina through lectures, symposia, workshops, field trips, sponsorship of research projects, publications, and activities. We encourage the preservation and protection of naturally occurring plant communities on public and private land, relocation of native plants from areas threatened by destruction, and restoration of native habitats. We encourage the cultivation and propagation of native plants, promote natives as desirable alternatives to exotic plants in the home and public landscape, and support the increase in availability of nursery-propagated native plant material.

The North Carolina Native Plant Society is pleased to provide funding for worthy projects that meet the mission and objectives of our organization. We offer three funding opportunities to support our mission:

B.W. Wells Fund: supports stewardship of native plants & habitats

This fund is open to the community and is suitable for civic groups, businesses, local government, local native plant chapters, non-profit groups, state agencies involved in native plant protection, and citizen groups from the wider community. NOTE: students desiring funding for projects that are part of their studies should apply for the Shinn Fund.

Tom & Bruce Shinn Fund: provides scholarships for native plant research

This fund supports research on North Carolina’s native plants and habitats, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens and attending a North Carolina college or university. Students must be working with an advisor conducting basic or applied research in botanical or horticultural areas that fulfill the mission and/or objectives of the NCNPS.

Alice Zawadzki Land Conservation Fund: supports conservation of native plant habitat

This fund is open to the community and is suitable for lands conservancies, land trusts, botanical gardens, local government, local native plant chapters, non-profit groups, and state agencies involved in conservation of native plant habitat, in keeping with the NCNPS mission to promote the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina’s native plants and their habitats.