2625 Butterfield Rd. Ste 104S
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
Phone 630-472-2851
Fax 630-472-3150


Scholarship Program

Five scholarships are available in 2016-17

  • One $10,000 Scholarship
  • Two $5,000 Scholarships
  • One $2,500 Scholarship
  • One $5,000 - The Denny R. Church Memorial Scholarship

Application Guidelines

Applicant must be:

1. A resident of Illinois and enrolled full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college horticultural program, with course work toward a degree in a horticultural program


2. A resident of Illinois and enrolled part-time in an accredited two- or four-year college horticultural program, who must be working towards a degree in a horticulture. The counselor or department head must stipulate you are working towards a degree in horticulture in his or her letter.

3. Attending a school located in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri or Iowa. [A previous recipient may reapply – there is a limit of two scholarships.]

Application Must Include:

  • Completed ILCA Scholarship Application Form.
  • A letter describing your goals and aspirations in the field of horticulture.
  • A counselor or department head’s written evaluation of your classroom performance. For part time student applicants, the evaluation must stipulate the applicant is working towards a degree in horticulture.
  • A transcript of grades and cumulative grade point average to date. Please indicate the grade point system used, i.e., 4 or 5 point system. In order to complete the application, transcripts from the previous Fall semester need to be sent by April 1st.
  • Goals and work experience weigh heavily. Please attach evaluations/letters from employers, internship, work study, or any horticulture/landscape experience.


Application Dates to Remember
Applications Due at ILCA March 18, 2016
Recipients Notified 45-60 days following the deadline
Scholarship Payment Disbursement Deadline November 1, 2016
Scholarship Recipient Recognition Awards Banquet - February 2017

Applications are due in the ILCA office no later than March 18, 2016. Mail to the scholarship committee, ILCA, 2625 Butterfield Rd., Suite 104S, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

Award recipients will be notified by (or before) 45-60 days following the submission deadline.

To receive payment, proof of enrollment for the following term must be submitted.

Checks will be sent to the applicant upon receipt of proof of enrollment. The disbursement deadline is November 1st. A Scholarship Certificate will be awarded at ILCA's Awards Program the following February.

Please call ILCA, (630) 472-2851, with any questions.

Download the complete application below. Applicants will be asked to describe their present interests and experience in horticulture. Applicants should indicate all areas of interest, including:

  • Plants and Their Use
  • Nursery Management
  • Equipment Operation and Care
  • Irrigation Management
  • Landscape Design/Build
  • Golf Course Management
  • Landscape Maintenance
  • Plant Biology
  • Garden Center Management
  • Soil Science
  • Computer Assisted Landscape Design
  • Interior Plantscaping
  • Research
  • Tree Care/Arborculture
  • Other



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