The Sponsorship Program (formerly known as the Scholarship Program) has been an important part of the Cullowhee Conference since the conference began in 1984. Approximately 20 sponsorships to the Cullowhee Conference are annually awarded to students, interns at botanical gardens, nature centers and/or parks, and to beginning professionals in a native plant-related field. Also, the Sponsorship Program is open to applicants with careers in environmental and science education. Any individual in these categories who can demonstrate an interest in native plants and their use in the landscape - through horticulture, botany, ecology, landscape architecture/design, education, or a related field - is encouraged to apply for a sponsorship.
The sponsorship package includes registration fee, a semi-private room, all meals during the conference, and field trip expenses if field trip attendance is selected. We offer the option of full and partial sponsorships. Full sponsorship covers the cost of the entire sponsorship package. Partial sponsorship recipients agree to cover half of the expenses related to their attendance choice (see application for amounts).
This year we have been honored with the establishment of an endowed sponsorship in memory of Janie Leonard Bryan. Janie was one of the original attendees of the conference and an avid native plantswoman working for 25 years at the North Carolina Botanical Garden at UNC-Chapel Hill. Janie passed away in October 2013 after a decade-long battle with breast cancer. Gifts from her family and friends created the Janie Leonard Bryan Native Plant Conference Endowment Sponsorship insuring the brightest and best student or beginning professional applicant a place at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.
Annual contributions to the Sponsorship Program come from the proceeds of the conference, nursery men and women who sell plants during the conference, donations of honoraria from the speakers and field trip leaders at the conference, and private contributors. Additionally, The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation (Asheville), The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, and the North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia Native Plant Societies have sponsored sponsorships for individuals from the respective states. Contributions to the Cullowhee Sponsorship Program are welcome at any time and greatly appreciated. If you or your organization would like to make a contribution please contact Olivia Brakenbury.
The Cullowhee Conference is honored to be aligned with our sponsorship hosts in expanding our knowledge of native plants and their ecology, native plant landscaping, environmental sustainability, and the conservation and wise use of all of our natural resources. The Cullowhee Conference is committed to the ongoing expansion of the Sponsorship Program and to the active involvement of the sponsorship winners in the conference.
Applications are to be submitted by the above link. If necessary, contact Olivia Brakenbury for instructions as to how to submit an email or printed copy.
Cullowhee Sponsorship Committee
The deadline for sponsorship applications is midnight, Friday, April 18, 2014. Applications received after this time will be considered only after punctual and complete applications have been judged and awarded. Applications without the information requested, which includes recommendations, are incomplete and will be considered late. Sponsorship awards will be made by email in May. Thank you for applying for a sponsorship to the Cullowhee Conference. We look forward to meeting you!