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. 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, we are requiring paperwork to be submitted by April 22, 2018!! 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 Hamptons.

Thank you for your interest in the HAH Karish Scholarship Program. For 2018, HAH and the administrator of our scholarship program – LICF – are transitioning to a new application procedure. As we combine our forms and processes, there will be overlapping items and duplicate questions. 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. We appreciate your flexibility as we work through these changes.

To apply, please navigate to:

The Scholarship access code is: LKARI



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