DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Delaware Valley University and Longwood Gardens signed an agreement that will provide a new pathway to a bachelor’s degree for high-achieving horticulture students.

Under the agreement, students who graduate from the professional gardener program offered by Longwood Gardens will be guaranteed admission into DelVal’s horticulture program.

They will be able to transfer credits toward a DelVal bachelor’s degree in horticulture and to transfer scholarships.

“The University is pleased to partner with Longwood Gardens in this collaborative effort to give high-achieving horticulture students a new pathway to a bachelor’s degree,” said DelVal President Maria Gallo.

Longwood Gardens offers the two-year professional gardener program to students at no cost. The program accepts eight to 10 high school graduates who have at least one year of paid work experience in horticulture.

“We are delighted to partner with Delaware Valley University,” said Sarah Cathcart, vice president for education at Longwood Gardens.

Graduates of Longwood Gardens’ program will receive up to 55 credits toward a DelVal bachelor’s degree.

“Students will also be eligible for scholarships ranging from $15,000 to $21,000 a year if they continue as full-time students, and $1,000 to 1,500 a semester for part-time study,” said Art Goon, DelVal’s vice president for enrollment management.