Mar 5, 2015
Looking for Revolutionary Students … with Plant ExperienceBy Tim Hodson

Do you know a college student working toward a degree in ornamental horticulture business or a degree in plant breeding?

If you do, then you should tell them about Syngenta Flowers’ Goldsmith Scholarship Program – and you should tell them now!

Syngenta Flowers is offering not one but two $7,500 scholarships to college students who have shown high potential in the fields of plant breeding (Glenn Goldsmith Breeding Excellence Scholarship) and ornamental horticulture business (Goldsmith Seeds Floriculture Business Advancement Scholarship) through scholastic excellence and experience.

If you know a student that might be interested in these scholarships they need to act fast because the deadline for applications is March 13!

The student must be an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral candidate at an accredited four-year university during the 2015-16 academic school year, and carry a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Applicants need to submit a cover letter indicating the scholarship for which they wish to be considered along with their resume; name of the university they are attending and degree they are working toward with targeted graduation date; a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s professor or academic advisor; an essay between 1,000 and 1,500 words describing what “Revolutionizing the Plant Experience” means to their career path; and a high resolution photo of the applicant.

This information must be submitted to [email protected] by March 13, 2015.

Additional details for applying for either of these scholarships can be found here.

The clock is ticking “¦

– Tim

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Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]



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