Blackburn Scholarship

The Dr. Benjamin C. Blackburn Scholarship for 2015

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

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The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that we have selected the County College of Morris as our partner through which to award the Benjamin C. Blackburn Scholarship. One or more County College of Morris students, enrolled in the Horticulture/Landscape Department will be chosen to receive scholarship money totaling up to $2,500.00.

We are very excited about working with County College of Morris and their students. These students are preparing for 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 students going on to complete four year degrees at other universities. Students at County College of Morris have served as interns at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and often volunteer at our annual Plant Sale, so this partnership is a logical step in our growing relationship with the County College of Morris.

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.

The Blackburn Scholarship was established by The Friends in 1979 to honor the memory of the late Dr. Benjamin C. Blackburn, whose interest and professional support was of great help to the Arboretum and the Friends during their early years. The scholarship is funded by proceeds from the Blackburn Tea, an annual event held at the Arboretum in early spring. The 16th Annual Blackburn Tea will be held on March 25, 2015.

This year, ornithologist Randolph Scott Little treats us to his talk on "Bird Songs in Your Garden" based on a book he helped produce with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

We hope that you will attend the tea, have a wonderful time and know that you are supporting the Friend’s mission of horticultural education.

Interested students should download the 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 various programs, exhibits and trips which it sponsors. With over 1500 individual and organizational members, The Friends also support a horticultural library, staffing for a year round horticultural program and "Branching Out," a children 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.