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Western Horticultural Society offers two scholarships for students from the Bay area who are enrolled or applied for a horticultural program in a community or other college or California university. One $1500 scholarship and one $1000 scholarship will be awarded to deserving students. The scholarships are intended to help with scholastic related expenses such as books, course fees, and/or horticultural projects.


This scholarship is funded jointly by the Western Horticultural Society and the California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter. It is named in honor of two long-time WHS and CNPS-SCV members, Richard and Bracey Tiede, who contributed much to our organizations and were recipients of the WHS 2018 Founders Award. The couple had a long commitment to the advancement of native plant horticulture and we hope to honor them by awarding this scholarship to a student with a similar commitment to furthering the growing of native plants in local landscapes.



This scholarship honors the mission of our society to advance horticulture in all of its phases. It continues a past tradition of awarding scholarships to support students studying horticulture with an aim of pursuing or furthering careers related to horticulture.


Both scholarships are funded through member dues and donations to our society. Our society's portion of The Richard and Tiede Bracey Scholarship is funded on by a generous donation from their estate.



  • Any student whose primary residence is in the San Francisco Bay area and who is enrolled in a California community or other college or university program that includes studies of horticulture or landscape architecture, design, installation, maintenance or restoration. High school seniors who have applied and been accepted in a qualifying college program may also apply.

  • All applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA).




  1. Fill in the appropriate scholarship application form completely: Richard and Bracey Tiede ScholarshipWestern Horticultural Society Scholarship

  2. Please submit two letters of recommendation: these can be from the horticultural program director, an academic teacher or another {program, organization, company} leader.

  3. Official transcript from your college or high school is required.

  4. Transcript and letters of recommendations should be sent directly to WHS address from your college or high school.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 15, 2024


  • Recipients will be notified by March 1, 2024, and scholarships will be awarded at an upcoming WHS meeting or CNPS-SCV meeting.

  • Each scholarship includes a 1 year paid WHS or CNPS student membership.

  • Recipients will be asked to introduce themselves and make a short presentation at a meeting at the time of the award or shortly thereafter or if unable to attend, record a short video, or contribute a short article of introduction in the the Western Horticultural Society Bulletin and/or the CNPS-SCV newsletter, The Blazing Star.

Questions and submissions may be directed to: 

or mailed to:

Western Horticultural Society

Attn: Scholarships

P.O. Box 166

Mountain View, CA 94042

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