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SDCSS Scholarship


The San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society (SDCSS), is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote knowledge, study, and interest in cactus and succulent plants through educational programs, public exhibits, a public garden, and sharing of this common interest. Through this scholarship, we hope to support and encourage outstanding students who are pursuing higher education in horticulture and whose goals are aligned with that of the SDCSS.



Our Scholarship Program is for senior high or college/university students enrolled in a local (San Diego County) institution in a horticultural program and who have shown an interest or appreciation for succulent plants.


Current Scholarships


The 2020 SDCSS Scholarship $1,500
Applicants are asked to submit one single application. All applications received will be judged by the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society Board of Directors. One applicant will be chosen per grant, per application period. Only applicants who have not previously been awarded an SDCSS scholarship may apply.



Applicants must complete the attached San Diego Cactus & Society Scholarship Application in addition to providing the following (see application for details):


  • Three references, two of which should be academically related. The third may be a professional or personal reference by someone unrelated to you.

  • A copy of your most recent grade report showing current semester GPA and cumulative GPA

  • A one-page essay telling us about yourself. Please include answers to the five questions listed on the application.

Submission Deadline

Completed applications must be submitted by email to, no later than August 31st, 2020.



The SDCSS Board of Directors will meet on or around October 14th, 2020, to discuss all applicant qualifications and decide to whom the scholarship will be awarded. Applicants will be notified by email shortly after the board makes its decision. Winners will be honored at an SDCSS General Meeting in November 2020. Awards will be made payable to the college/university named on the application for tuition, fees, textbooks, or other educational expenses. Recipients will also receive a one-year SDCSS membership, valued at $15.



SDCSS Scholarship Information


Application Due August 31st, 2020


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SDCSS Scholarship Application Form


Important Dates


August 31st, 2019       

  Application due to SDCSS

October 12th, 2019     

  Winning applicant selected

October 15th, 2019     

  Winning applicant notified

November 9th, 2019 

  Award presentation at SDCSS General Meeting

December 2019         

  Scholarship funds disbursed to College Financial Aid office

Important Dates


August 31st, 2020       Application due to SDCSS

October 14th, 2020     Winning applicant selected

October 21st, 2020     Winning applicant notified

November 14th, 2020  Award presentation at SDCSS General Meeting

December 2020          Scholarship funds disbursed to College Financial Aid office

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