The Richard Duenckel - Toluca Lake Garden Club Horticultural Scholarship

Spring 2024 2023-2024 Academic Year Award

The purpose of The Richard Duenckel (Toluca Lake) Garden Club Scholarship is to award one continuing undergraduate or graduate CSUN student. To be considered, you must be enrolled in courses that include the study of botany, horticulture, conservation or other such plant-related topics. The selected award recipient will be expected to enroll at CSUN for the Spring 2024 term. The award is intended to be used for educational purposes only.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2023 term will not be considered.

About the Donor:
Toluca Lake, located in the San Fernando Valley, is known for its natural beauty. In 1947, a few of the area’s green-thumbed homeowners joined together to sustain and promote the neighborhood’s signature landscapes. Its mission is to encourage interest in civic improvement, develop better horticultural practices, promote conservation of natural resources, and inspire all phases of California native home gardening.

The Garden Club has been funding an annual scholarship for a CSUN student since 2010. Each recipient is asked to attend one of the Club’s meetings to explain their research and findings.

Sadly in 2016, the group lost their longtime treasurer, Richard Duenckel, and decided to change the name from the Toluca Lake Garden Club Scholarship to The Richard Duenckel Garden Club Scholarship in his memory. This award is also a tribute to his wife, Shirley, who served as Club president for more than 10 years.


Opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students that:

  • Are currently registered CSUN students enrolled in courses that include the study of botany, horticulture, conservation or other such plant-related topics.
  • Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled in minimum of 12 units units for Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 terms.
  • Graduate applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of 8 units or be in their culminating experience (last year) at CSUN during the Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 terms.
  • CSUN GPA must be greater than or equal to a 3.0.
  • Must upload a copy of unofficial transcripts.

If selected as a scholarship recipient, student agrees to write a thank-you letter to the donor(s) and must be willing to meet with the donor(s) or designee(s). Both to be coordinated by the College’s Director of Development.

Please contact Dr. Yoshie Hanzawa at should you have any questions regarding this scholarship opportunity.

Please note:

  • If you are receiving financial aid (including loans), your financial aid award(s) may be adjusted if you receive a scholarship amount that exceeds your financial aid total limit. Speak to a financial aid counselor during walk-in hours to get a detailed overview about your individual situation.
  • Any change to your enrollment status resulting in less than required enrollment for any term within the award year will result in a cancellation of your award.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Upload an autobiographical statement that addresses your background, interests, career goals, and motivation for studying horticulture. Your submission will be judged for style and content. Applicants may choose to also attach a one-page drawing or set of photos related to horticultural work in progress.
  2. Optional upload: Photos related to horticultural work in progress.
  3. Please request: A letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, advisor, mentor or counselor - who can attest to your meritorious performance and personal strengths and can assess your potential for academic and career success. The letter should include a signature, title, and contact information. The letter should be addressed to: *Award Selection Committee*. The letter of recommendation must be requested via the myMatador Scholarships portal.
  4. Upload a copy of your most recent Degree Progress Report (DPR) or Unofficial Transcript, that reflect the courses that include the study of botany, horticulture, conservation or other such plant-related topics.