University of Vermont

Scholarships Opportunities

  • Some local master gardener chapters provide partial scholarships. This information is currently not available.
  • AmeriCorps - - Please contact the National Service Hotline at: 1-800-942-2677 or via webform at: Students use their AmeriCorps education stipend funds to cover the course fee.
    • The student logs into their AmeriCorps account to fill out the form. They select UVM as the Institution, and select Non-Credit Course, and include the Start and End Date.
    • The student contacts to receive a registration form to register for the course, and to ask for UVM to go in and verify their enrollment.
    • Once the students enrollment has been verified by UVM, they will receive a voucher from AmeriCorps indicating they will cover the course fee.
    • The student provides a copy of the "paper voucher" to to get the student registered for the Master Gardener Course.
  • Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) offers Non-Degree Grants, based on financial status. Visit, or call 1-800-642-3177 for an application or questions (be sure to select UVM Vermont Master Gardener Program as the Agency Name). Once the student receives verification they have been awarded a grant, the student must contact the master gardener state office to complete their registration - 802-656-9562.
  • The Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Vermont Department of Labor provides funds to any Vermonter dealing with a disability that affects employment. Visit this website for more information.
  • Addison County Residents Only - The Middlebury Garden Club is offering 2 full scholarships...........

Comments from previous recipients

Receiving the scholarship and taking the EMG course allowed me to begin learning and building a passion for gardening at a younger age, and made it less daunting in a new place. The scholarship allowed me an opportunity for continued learning that I would have delayed otherwise, while also allowing me the opportunity to participate in the educational aspect of the EMG course, and this was a very key priority for me.

The scholarship was a stepping stone to many things for me: lifelong learning, cultivating a knowledge of gardening in Vermont, fostering an appreciation for growing food, and most of all, the opportunities to share this with others in our state's communities.

- Jessica, 2012 recipient

As a recipient of a EMG scholarship, it provided me with the support to complete the course and gave me the knowledge and confidence to give back to the community. It has made a great impact on my life. I have met so many master gardeners and learned so much from them. It has been a very positive experience for me.

Since completing the course I have volunteered over 1,000 hours! I would have taken the course without the scholarship, but the local chapter recognized that I wanted to give back to the program and the community.

- Patti, 2012 recipient

I most appreciated the sense of pride that I held during the entire experience. The scholarship really motivated me to keep learning, consult the resources provided and to be an active student in class. Because of the scholarship, I became involved more than I would have without it, and therefore became a better EMG. Being a scholarship recipient made me want to learn everything I possibly could in order to represent the program positively. Being new to the area, the EMG course allowed me to forage relationships with those of similar interests and connect with them through common activities.

- Elly, 2012 recipient

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