Aug 28, 2019
Who Will Be #21?By Tim Hodson

For the past two decades, the GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year scholarship program has recognized 20 different students who have completed their education and entered the horticulture industry and embarked on their professional careers.

These 20 students all participated in comprehensive industry internships as part of their formal undergraduate education. Their internship experiences opened their eyes to what our industry has to offer them … and we have let you know what they have to offer our industry.

Now we are looking for our 21st intern.

The GPN/Nexus scholarship program looks for students whose internship experience has changed their outlook on horticulture — both in the classroom as well as in the greenhouse. If you have an internship program at your company and/or know a student like this, please tell that person about this program

The 2020 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 2020 issue of GPN;
  • Receive travel and hotel expenses to Cultivate’20 in Columbus, Ohio, next July;
  • A complimentary full Cultivate’20 registration.

To be considered for the 2020 scholarship, the student must currently be enrolled in a four-year accredited U.S. university or college during 2018-2019 and 2019-2020; be working on an undergraduate degree in horticulture/floriculture; and have completed a greenhouse-related internship in 2019.

To apply for this 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;
  • 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. 14, 2019.

You can learn more about our previous 20 scholarship winners by visiting gpnmag.com/intern-of-the-year.


Tim Hodson

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



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