Paul Karish Scholarship

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons (HAH) sponsors scholarships for qualified students of horticulture or its related fields through the Paul Karish Fund. the scholarship is adminstered by Applications are welcomed from graduating high-school seniors and from students currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, or other professional training. Scholarships are administered by the Long Island Community Foundation.

The deadline for submission of application materials is: regardless of the due date on the LICF link.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 $1,000 to $2,500 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 Hampton

Thank you for your interest in the HAH Karish Scholarship Program.  PLEASE NOTE which responses are required (marked with an *) and which are OPTIONAL. LICF is requesting certain information that the HAH does not, nor will we have access to that information once your application is submitted to LICF. Scholarship award decisions WILL NOT be affected by choosing to NOT complete optional sections. 

The HAH Scholarship Committee DOES require TWO letters of recommendation AND a personal statement – see instructions for details.  Should you experience any difficulties with the application – or have additional questions – contact us at:

To apply, please navigate to:

The Scholarship access code is: LKARI