Sep 14, 2016
Back to School Means …By Tim Hodson

It’s  hard to believe that Labor Day has come and gone and summer is already quickly becoming a distant memory.

The Labor Day holiday also means back to school for college students as they return to campus and settle back into the regular classroom routines.

And it also means it is time for college students to apply to be the 2017 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year.

This will be the 18th year that GPN and Nexus have worked together to identify one unique student who has completed a horticulture/floriculture-related internship.

Once again, we want to find that one exceptional individual whose internship experience really made an impact on their personal and professional goals.

The 2017 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year will receive a check for $3,000; be featured in an article and on the cover of the January 2017 issue of GPN; and receive travel and hotel expenses to Cultivate’17 in Columbus, Ohio, next July as well as a complimentary full Cultivate’17 registration.

So if you know a student who participated in an internship program and might be interested in this scholarship, then we want to hear from him or her.

To be considered for the 2017 scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled in a four-year accredited university during 2015-2016 and 2016-2017;
  • Be working on an undergraduate degree in horticulture/floriculture; and
  • Have completed a greenhouse-related internship in 2016.

There are no forms to fill out. To apply for the 2017 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Scholarship, the student must:

  • Write a cover letter requesting consideration for the scholarship and state what university he/she attends;
  • Secure a letter of recommendation on university letterhead from the applicant’s academic advisor; and
  • Write a minimum 1,000-word essay describing the internship experience including where the applicant interned, what his/her responsibilities were and what was learned during the internship.

All application materials should be sent to me at [email protected].

Back to school means assignment due dates — the deadline for applications is Oct. 19, 2016.

— 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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