Grants & Scholarships in Botany
The Arkansas Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation, conservation, enjoyment and study of the native vegetation of Arkansas. The Society sponsors field trips and educational meetings across the state. Through fund-raising activities and donations, the Society also sponsors the following awards to undergraduate and graduate students who show exceptional interest in acquiring a botanical education or who wish to conduct research projects involving the native or naturalized flora of Arkansas.
Aileen McWilliam Scholarship
This scholarship award honors the late Aileen McWilliam, named Arkansas’ Outstanding Biology Teacher in 1965, a former member of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, a noted author, and a knowledgeable and ardent Arkansas naturalist. This scholarship, in memory of her devotion to the study of the Arkansas flora, is given annually to promising undergraduate or graduate students with a strong interest in botany. Individual awards will be given in amounts of up to $1000.
To apply for the 2015 award, you will complete the ANPS 2015 Scholarship Application Cover Sheet and send it together with a letter outlining your botanical interests. Please mention in the letter relevant courses you have taken or are planning to take, any extra-curricular botany-related activities, and your educational and career goals. Also, include a letter of recommendation from one or more appropriate instructors or field supervisors. Please include the letter(s) of recommendation in your application packet – do not have them sent separately. Students applying for a scholarship will not be eligible for a research grant in the same calendar year. Students will be eligible for only one scholarship per academic classification (i.e. bachelor’s student, master’s student, Ph.D. student).
Delzie Demaree Research Grant
This research grant award honors the late Delzie Demaree, a nationally recognized Arkansas botanist who dedicated his life to teaching botany and studying the Arkansas flora. The grants are awarded competitively to undergraduate or graduate students in amounts of up to $1000 for appropriate Arkansas botany or plant ecology related research projects.
To apply for the 2015 award, you will complete the ANPS 2015 Scholarship Application Cover Sheet and send it together with a Project Proposal and a letter explaining how this project relates to the applicant’s educational interests and possible career goals. The Proposal should include objectives, methods, budget, time frame (with specific dates), and significance of the project. Also, include a letter of recommendation from the appropriate instructors or field supervisors. Please include the letter(s) of recommendation in your application packet – do not have them sent separately. Students applying for a research grant will not be eligible for a scholarship in the same calendar year. Students will be eligible for only one research grant per academic classification (i.e. bachelor’s student, master’s student, Ph.D. student).
At the conclusion of the project, grant recipients should submit a Project Summary to the Committee. This relatively brief summary should include general information about the project and results, as well as a note on the significance and implication of the study. The summary will be printed in the Society’s newsletter, Claytonia, and posted on the Society’s website. The applicant is also strongly encouraged to attend a spring or fall Arkansas Native Plant Society General Meeting to present the results of the project to the general membership. To make arrangements, contact the Committee Chair.
All application materials need to be submitted by 1 April 2015 to:
Mary-Ann King, Chair
ANPS Scholarships and Awards Committee
P.O. Box 200
London, AR 72847
Applicants will be notified by the end of May regarding scholarship and grant awards.
Dwight Munson Moore Award
This award honors Dwight Munson Moore, long-time Arkansas botanist; Professor of Botany for more than 40 years at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, UA Monticello, and Arkansas Tech; Chairman of the Department of Botany, UAF, 1926-1950; and author of the Arkansas Forestry Commission publication, Trees of Arkansas. In his long and fruitful career, Dr. Moore taught and inspired several generations of college botany students throughout our state. The Dwight Moore award is given on the occasion of outstanding achievement in either research or publication on Arkansas botany.
Carl Amason Conservation Award
The Carl Amason Award honors a man whose character and achievements reflected the best aspirations of the Arkansas Native Plant Society membership. With unfailing energy and high spirits, Carl led field trips, shared plants, and wrote articles and accounts for Claytonia. He was a charter member, a past president, and auctioneer. His efforts on behalf of ANPS earned him universal acknowledgment as a most beloved and successful ambassador for the conservation and preservation of nature. The Carl Amason Conservation Award is given periodically to individuals whose personal efforts help all of us to conserve and enjoy nature’s gifts. The Award will include an appropriate monetary consideration not to exceed $1000.