Oct 27, 2022
AFE Offers Three Intern Scholarship Programs

American Floral Endowment (AFE) is offering three intern scholarship programs for students in floriculture or horticulture.

The Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program provides students with experience in commercial production, while the Mosmiller Internship Program gives students working knowledge in floral retail, wholesale, or allied trades.  Both programs include a paid internship, along with a scholarship upon successful completion of the internship. Applications for both internships are reviewed twice a year. The deadline for submitting applications and supporting materials is March 1 and October 1, with the Mosmiller deadline being extended this year to Dec. 15, 2022.

Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program

This program gives students the opportunity to gain practical floriculture/horticulture experience while training at a commercial production greenhouse or nursery.

Students will intern away from home for three, four or six month periods, and upon completion of their paid internship, they will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,500 (three months), $4,000 (four months) or $6,000 (six months).

Vic Ball was the son of Ball Horticultural founder George Jacob Ball. As the leading North American producer and distributor of ornamental plants and their seeds, Ball Horticulture has had a tremendous presence in the horticulture business.

In 1992, Vic and Margaret Ball made a generous donation to AFE to establish this program for students to receive critical “hands-on” growing experiences to help ensure successful future generations of horticulture professionals. Apply at endowment.org/ballapp/.

Metrolina Greenhouses Internship Program

Exclusively through AFE’s Vic & Margaret Ball Internship Program, Metrolina Greenhouses is in need of five student interns. This is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience.

Students must apply through the AFE Vic & Margaret Ball program and be willing to do a six-month internship. Applications must be received before the Application Deadlines: March 1 or October 1 each year.

  • Location: 16400 Huntersville Concord Road, Huntersville, NC
  • Housing: $750 per month stipend toward housing of your choice
  • Pay: $11-$14 per hour
  • Time: year-round options; January-June or July-December

Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program 

Interns train at a leading retail, wholesale or allied trade operation for a period of 10-16 weeks, getting valuable on-the-job work experience. Upon the successful completion of their paid internship, interns will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

Earnings from a bequest by the late Colonel and Mrs. Walter E. Mosmiller Jr. provide the main source of financial support for the Mosmiller Scholar Program.

Colonel Mosmiller, a past chairman of the Endowment and a former retail florist in Richmond, Virginia, demonstrated a strong, lifelong interest in professional training and encouraged young people to pursue careers in the floral industry. The Endowment established this program to honor the Mosmiller’s and express a meaningful extension of their industry dedication.

This program began in 1975 to provide quality professional training for selected, motivated floriculture and environmental horticulture students. Business students planning careers in the floral industry became eligible in 1993 when the training focused on a retail/wholesale experience. Students receive paid training and a $2,000 scholarship upon successful completion. Those completing the program are known as Mosmiller Scholars. The deadline has been extended to Dec. 15, 2022. Apply at endowment.org/mosmillerapp/.