Grants & scholarships
The Native Plant Society of Texas has scholarship opportunities and research grants for qualified students. The Benny J. Simpson Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for an upper level student at Texas Tech. Please contact Texas Tech for more information.
The Ann Miller Gonzalez Research Grants and the Kate Hillhouse Scholarships are administered by our Education Committee. Please contact our State Office for more details or see the information below.
Texas Tech University – Lubbock
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Department of Plant and Soil Science
The Benny J. Simpson Endowed Scholarship is for junior, senior, or graduate students at Texas Tech University with a 3.0 GPA majoring in the Department of Plant and Soil Science with an emphasis in native plant research. Students interested in applying for this scholarship should apply directly to:
This scholarship was established at Texas Tech in 1997 through donations from the Native Plant Society of Texas and member donors to honor the late Benny Simpson, a charter member and former president of NPSOT.
Benny J. Simpson, 1928-1996, graduated from Texas Tech University in 1954. During his 42-year career at Texas A&M Research and Extension Center in Dallas, he devoted a major portion of his time to the study and propagation of native plants, developing the Cloud series of Cenizos (Leucophyllum spp.) and the Storm series of Desert Willows (Chilopsis linearis) for the nursery trade. He also authored a book, A Field Guide to Texas Trees (Gulf Publishing, Houston, Texas, 1988).
For more information on Benny Simpson and his work, visit these websites:
The Native Plant Society of Texas will award research grants to university undergraduate and graduate students for academic research related to Texas native plants and/or to conservation and restoration of native-plant habitats of Texas.
The undergraduate research grant award will be up to $500 for the duration of the grantee’s research project. Two undergraduate research grants may be awarded per year, and applications must be submitted by September 10 for the Fall semester, or March 18 for the Spring. For additional information and an application, click here:
The graduate research grant award will be up to $2000 for the duration of the grantee’s research project. One graduate research grant may be awarded per year, and the deadline for submission is March 18. For additional information and an application, click here:
The Kate Hillhouse Scholarship Fund was created in April 2008, with the intention to accumulate sufficient funds to endow an undergraduate scholarship. Proceeds from the Silent Auction at the Fall Symposium have been donated to the fund each year since 2008. The fund is named for a former president of the Society.