Barney Hobbs Memorial Horticulture Scholarship

Barney Hobbs Memorial Horticulture Scholarship

The Barney Hobbs Memorial  Horticultural Scholarships in the  amount of $3000 are awarded each  year.  

Eligibility, Terms, Criteria, and Judging

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

The Master Gardener Program, sponsored by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, is a volunteer training program whose purpose is to educate the community about gardening and horticultural topics. In keeping with this purpose, the Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association (HCMGA) awards the Barney Hobbs Memorial Horticulture Scholarship annually.  Barney Hobbs was a founding member of HCMGA, and possessed a strong volunteer spirit. Scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each year ($1500 per semester) pay tribute to Mr. Hobbs and his many horticultural accomplishments.


Eligibility Requirements:

• Hamilton County (Indiana) resident or child/grandchild of an HCMGA member
• High school senior or full-time undergraduate college student
• Intent to major in horticulture, botany, landscape architecture/design or an agriculture or environmental science that includes a plant-focused component.
• Must be a full-time college student in the fall of 2024. The scholarship cannot be deferred a year.


Terms of Scholarship:

• Several scholarships will be awarded on a yearly basis, in June, and will be paid directly to the recipient’s college at the beginning of the school year.
• $3,000 will be awarded for each one-year scholarship, with $1,500 paid per semester, uponverification of proof of full-time enrollment.
• Any unused portion of the scholarship award will be returned to the HCMGA scholarship fund at the end of the school year.
• Scholarships can be renewed for up to 3 years (or 4 years when enrolled in a 5-year degree program) if the student reapplies and meets the criteria for renewal, as listed below.

• Award of scholarships will be without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.
• Award of scholarships will be based on merit only. Demonstration of financial need will not be a
determining factor.


Criteria for Submission:

• A completed application that includes the following:

  • An official high school transcript reflecting a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for high school
    applicants, OR an official college transcript reflecting a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 and
    full-time student status (12 credit hours minimum) for college applicants
  • An essay of no more than 500 words detailing your reasons for choosing horticulture or a related
    major, career objectives, and any current or past gardening experiences
  • A personal recommendation from either an instructor, counselor, club advisor, church leader, or
    employer

The above items must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., March 15, 2024, to the Hamilton County Extension
Office. Applications may also be placed in the Extension Office drop box between 4:30 p.m. and
midnight on March 15.


Judging Considerations:

• A scholarship committee of the HCMGA will review all applications and select recipients based on the following criteria:

  • Academic performance (25%)
  • Essay (25%)
  • Personal recommendation (25%)
  • Character, personality, and leadership as reflected in school, community, or work activities  and awards (25%)

Applicants may be requested to interview with the scholarship committee.

Criteria for Renewal Application:


Renewal applications will be reevaluated each year. Current recipients wishing to renew must
complete the application process, including the following:

• Submit an official college transcript reflecting a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0
• Full-time student status (minimum of 12 credit hours)
• Complete an essay of no more than 500 words outlining what you have accomplished over the past
year to further your goals in your chosen field of horticultural study
• Include a personal recommendation from an instructor, professor, counselor, club advisor, coach,
church leader, or employer


Deadline for Submission:

All new applications, renewal requests, and supporting documents should be returned to the Hamilton
County Extension Office by 4:30 PM on March 15, 2024.


Hamilton County Extension Office
Attn: Barney Hobbs Scholarship Committee   

 2003 Pleasant Street
Noblesville, IN 46060-3697

Applications may also be placed in the Extension Office drop box from 4:30 PM to midnight on           March 15, 2024.

Application forms are available at the Hamilton County Extension Office or can be downloaded from the Master Gardener website at https://hcmga.org/.

Hamilton County Extension Office
2003 Pleasant Street
Noblesville, IN 46060-3697
(317) 776-0854

2024 Application Form

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