Sep 16, 2020
We are Looking for the Next GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year By Tim Hodson

Do you know any undergraduate students that were able to participate in an industry internship program in 2020? If you do, we want to hear from him or her for the 2021 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Scholarship.

This is the 22nd year that we have awarded the GPN/Nexus Intern Scholarship, which includes:

  • A check for $3,000;
  • Being featured in an article and on the cover of the January 2021 issue of GPN;
  • Receiving travel and hotel expenses to Cultivate’21 in Columbus, Ohio, next July as well as a full Cultivate’21 registration (compliments of AmericanHort).

To be considered for the scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled in a four-year accredited university during 2019-2020 and 2020-2021;
  • Be working on an undergraduate degree in horticulture/floriculture; and
  • Have completed a greenhouse-related internship in 2020.

To apply for the GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Scholarship, the student needs to:

  • 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 [email protected].

The deadline to apply is Oct. 16, 2020.

— Tim


Lowe’s Introduces Home Team for Football Season

As the 2020 NFL season kicks off, Lowe’s has unveiled its first-ever “Home Team,” a group of current NFL players representing every team in the league, to unite fans around the connection and community during football season. The NFL players on the Lowe’s “Home Team” will connect NFL hometowns, proving that, no matter where you come from or for whom you root, everyone is on the Home Team. Throughout the season, each of the 32 players will partner with local Lowe’s associates to make an impact in their “home” market by surprising individuals or organizations who represent the cultural fabric of the community with needed project support.

Home Depot Now Offering Online Workshops on Storm Preparedness

The Home Depot has introduced a Hurricane & Storm Preparedness Livestream Workshop led by expert associates to help residents in storm-prone regions prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. The new digital workshop will cover the essentials for staying safe this season and preparing one’s family and home, including a resource checklist and helpful tips to minimize home damage leading up to and following any type of storm. The first workshop began livestreaming earlier this week, with a new broadcast airing weekly through November.

Whole Foods’ Program Set to Nourish Our Neighborhoods

Earlier this month, to start off Hunger Action Month, Whole Foods Market introduced “Nourishing our Neighborhoods,” a program created to expand capacity and capability for community rescue organizations to move food from where it’s available to where it’s needed most. Whole Foods Market is donating the funds to purchase 19 refrigerated vans, and donating two refrigerated catering vans, to community-based food rescue/redistribution programs to transport food to communities in 18 markets across the U.S. and Canada.  The vans will provide the organizations with 20,000 pounds of food per week per vehicle, which equates to 182 million meals provided over the anticipated 10-year lifetime use of each van.


Tim Hodson

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

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