Aug 30, 2018
1 in 17 MillionBy Tim Hodson

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 17 million young women and men will be pursuing undergraduate degrees on college campuses across the country this fall.

We are looking for one of those students to be the 2019 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of our Intern of the Year program where GPN and Nexus Corp. shine the light on the achievements of a college student who has participated in an exceptional greenhouse-related internship during 2018.

We want to find that one student whose industry internship really helped them prepare for a career in horticulture — and have that individual join the ranks of the 12 women and 7 young men that have been the recipients of our previous scholarships.

The 2019 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 2019 issue of GPN; and receive travel and hotel expenses to Cultivate’19 in Columbus, Ohio, next July as well as a full Cultivate’19 registration (compliments of AmericanHort).

To be considered for the 2019 scholarship, the student must currently be enrolled in a four-year accredited U.S. university or college during 2017-2018 and 2018-2019; be working on an undergraduate degree in horticulture/floriculture; and, as I mentioned above, have completed a greenhouse-related internship in 2018.

To apply for the scholarship, the student should:

  1. Write a cover letter requesting consideration for the scholarship and state what university he/she attends;
  2. Secure a letter of recommendation on university letterhead from the applicant’s academic advisor; and
  3. 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] by Oct. 15, 2018.

If you or the college student have any questions about the program or the application process just drop me an email.

Do you know that 1 in 17 million student?

— Tim


Tim Hodson

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



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