Youth Fellowship Program
The Missouri Botanical Garden Youth Fellowship Program recognizes students in the St. Louis region for their work as environmental stewards. Recipients will participate in a competitive fellowship program with like-minded peers and receive a $2,000 scholarship for higher education.

Awardees will be selected based on their past work in at least two environmental fields (including plant science, environmental research, restoration, education, advocacy, sustainability, horticulture, botany and nature immersion), as well as their intention on addressing pressing environmental issues or studying plant science in a future career.

Fellowship applicant qualifications:

  • Must reside in the 16-county St. Louis metropolitan region*
  • First-year college students preferred, high school seniors will be considered
  • Must have a strong interest in the environmental, horticulture or botany fields
  • Must be able to attend the Youth Fellows meetings
  • Must be willing to carry out project developed during meetings
  • Must be pursuing (or planning to pursue) a higher education degree in plant science/botany, horticulture, environmental studies, or sustainability

*St. Louis metropolitan area includes the following counties:  Missouri – Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis City, St. Louis Co., Warren; Illinois – Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair

Application Form


2022–2023 Timeline

September 11 Application deadline
September 18 Reference submission deadline
September 26 Winners announced
October–April Working meetings/Complete project
Early May Presentations
Mid-May Scholarship awards distributed


Youth Fellowship Experiences

Working Meetings:

  • Fellows will get to know each other at the Garden through team-building activities.
  • Fellows will learn about local environmental issues, plant science topics, and careers in related fields. 

Fellows will carry out a research project throughout the duration of the program.



To apply:

  1. Complete application, highlighting:
    • Previous work in at least at least two of the following environmental component areas during high school or college tenure:
      • Research
      • Restoration
      • Education
      • Advocacy
      • Sustainability
      • Horticulture
      • Plant Science
      • Nature Immersion
    • Future plans in an environmental or plant science career or how your passion for the environment plays a role in your life.
      Application Form
  2. List two (2) references who are familiar with applicant's work in environmental stewardship. Staff will contact references with a form for them to complete. References can be community members and/or teachers, but cannot include family members. You must provide the email addresses for references at time of application submission.

For more information, contact the program coordinator at

Garden Youth Fellows

Learn about the 2019–2020 fellows!