Blackburn Scholarship

The Dr. Benjamin C. Blackburn Scholarship for 2018

Offered for County College of Morris Students in the Horticulture / Landscape Program

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The Blackburn Scholarship was established by the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in 1979 to honor the memory of the late Dr. Benjamin C. Blackburn, whose professional interest and support was of great help to the Arboretum and the Friends during their early years. This scholarship is funded by the Friends’ Blackburn Scholarship Event with an additional contribution this year from the Watnong Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Full details for this event may be found on our events page.

The Friends' Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that they have selected the County College of Morris (CCM) as their partner through which to award the Benjamin C. Blackburn Scholarship. One or more CCM students, enrolled in the Department of Landscape and Horticulture Technology will be chosen to receive scholarship money totaling up to $3,000.00.

The Friends are excited about working with CCM and their students. These students are pursuing careers, or in some cases second careers, in the field of horticulture. The program is well known for its success stories, with a large number of graduates going on to complete four year degrees at other universities. This partnership is a logical step in the growing relationship with CCM as many students serve as interns at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and as volunteers at the annual Plant Sale.

In addition to enrollment in the Horticulture/Landscape program at County College of Morris, the scholarship recipients must also be New Jersey residents with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Interested students should download the 2018 instructions and application form and contact the Financial Aid Office of CCM.

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum was founded in 1972. Its mission to support and promote the development of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and other horticultural facilities of the Morris County Park Commission is realized through the many programs, exhibits and trips which it sponsors. With over 1500 individual and organizational members, The Friends also support a library, staffing for a year-round horticultural program and "Branching Out," a children's gardening program.

Through its continuing commitment and volunteer efforts, The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum foster and develop public awareness, knowledge and enjoyment of horticulture and the natural world.