The Paul Karish Scholarship
The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons
administered by the Long Island Community Foundation
The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons (HAH) sponsors scholarships for qualified students of horticulture or its related fields through the Paul Karish Fund. Applications are welcomed from graduating high-school seniors and from students currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, or other professional training. The deadline for submission of application materials is Earth Day – April 22. Scholarships are administered by the Long Island Community Foundation. Note that award monies will be credited directly to the bursar accounts of recipients at their school or program of enrollment, not distributed to individuals. Grants are renewable with annual re-application and may vary in total from original amounts. Scholarship awards will range from $500 to $2500 per year.
Paul Karish was a horticulturalist extraordinaire. After a visit to Exbury, England, Paul became enraptured with Rhododendrons. He and Ben Tessaro bought five acres in Amagansett with a canopy of tall oaks that were perfect for the growth of shade loving plants. He amassed one of the finest Rhododendron collections on the East Coast and was well known for his expertise on the genus. A walk through his garden was an education in itself. He was a President of the Rhododendron Society and one of the founding members of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons.
Paul died in 1991 and left a bequest to the HAH which the Board designated as an education fund in his memory. Additional contributions from members have brought this fund to a level allowing scholarship awards.
The focus of this endeavor is to provide scholarship funds for education to help promote awareness and excellence in the art and science of horticulture. Through its programs HAH fosters the art and science of horticulture, an effort intended to ensure that the great traditions of gardening on the East End continue to prosper. The Karish Scholarship reflects the mission of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons.
Please use these links for a copy of the above statement and for the application.