About The Foundation

The Connecticut Nurserymen's Foundation is an industry-sponsored endowment providing funds for scholarship and research in Connecticut.

The mission of the Connecticut Nurserymen's Foundation is to raise capital for a tax-exempt endowment fund. The proceeds of this fund provide scholarships in the field of horticulture and support research to benefit the nursery industry.

The fund is built from donations, bequests and fund-raising functions. Scholarships and research grants are derived by interest and dividends engendered by the endowment fund. The principal of the endowment fund cannot be disturbed, therefore, gifts to the fund are sure to provide benefits well into the future.

The Foundation was created by the Connecticut Nurserymen's Association in 1996. It is a separate corporation from the Association, however, all active members of the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association are automatically members of the Foundation. The staff of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the Plant Science Department of UCONN are also members.

The five directors of the Foundation are drawn from this membership and serve three-year terms. The Foundation has its annual meeting in conjuction with the CNLA annual meeting in January of each year.

Donate to the Foundation via information in this brochure: Download Pledge Form

Contact Us

Connecticut Nurserymen's Foundation
c/o James Messier
16 Lynn Drive
Vernon, CT 06066
Phone: 860-729-2433
Email: ctnurserymen@gmail.com

Apply For Scholarship

The applicant must be accepted into a course of study beneficial to the Horticultural industry. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Landscape Design
  • Nursery Management
  • Greenhouse Management

The scholarship grant will be $5,000 per year, renewable if the student maintains academic eligibility in college.

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).
  • Students must be residents of the State of Connecticut, and may attend either in state or out of state institutions. The student must be a high school senior or currently enrolled the college level, majoring in a horticulture related field.

To Apply:

  1. Read the guidelines for application: CNF Scholarship Cover Letter
  2. Download the latest application form: CNF Scholarship Application
  3. Fill out and print the application.
  4. Mail the application to:
    • Jim Messier, Executive Secretary
    • Connecticut Nurserymen's Foundation
    • 16 Lynn Drive
    • Vernon CT 06066

  5. You may want to learn more about and apply for the Howard Jennings Scholarship. The infromation on this scholarship is available here: CNF Howard Jennings Scholarship
  6. Additionally, you may want to learn more about and apply for the Merit Based Scholarship. The information on the Merit Based Scholarship is available here: CNF Merit Based Scholarship

Remember: All completed and signed applications must be received by the Foundation no later than March 4, 2019.