Jan 7, 2019
AmericanHort Now Accepting HortScholar Applications

The 2019 AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications. Now through March 1, 2019, college students in horticulture-related degree programs (any degree level) can apply online at AmericanHort.org/Scholars.

HortScholars is a seven-day program that sets students in horticulture on a path to success by exposing them to the breadth of the horticulture industry, its opportunities, and its leaders at the industry’s leading trade show – Cultivate.

The program offers a beyond-the-classroom experience, insight and awareness of the industry, and professional development via education sessions, networking, and working with industry mentors.

In 2018, AmericanHort received a record number of applications from students across the nation in top-level horticulture programs.

Why Be a HortScholar?

To spend seven days in Columbus, Ohio prior to and during Cultivate’19 with paid-for meals, lodging, and an all-access pass to Cultivate. Participants also receive a one-year membership with AmericanHort.

HortScholars experience the behind-the-scenes logistics of preparing the Columbus Convention Center for Cultivate and have exclusive opportunities for in-depth discussions with industry leaders These meetings provide HortScholars with insights into the industry and valuable contacts for their professional networks.

Daniel Greenwell, a 2017 HortScholar, highly recommends the program. “The HortScholars program connected us with important figures in the industry which helped me build my confidence in networking with new people. More important than anything, in my fellow 2017 HortScholars, I gained five amazing new friends and peers from very diverse backgrounds that I would never have met otherwise.” Daniel has now graduated and is now the horticulture program director at Piedmont Technical College.

To apply, visit AmericanHort.org/Scholars to complete the application by March 1. AmericanHort’s GenerationNext Community Connectors will evaluate the applications, then choose 12 finalists who will provide a short video on why they want to be a HortScholar. The six 2019 HortScholars will be chosen from those finalists.

“HortScholar alumni have become valued members of the horticulture industry,” said AmericanHort vice president of marketing & member engagement, Mary Beth Cowardin. “Whether they are running their own business, making new strides in crucial research, or pushing the limits of how horticulture products are marketed and shared, HortScholar alumni are the upcoming movers and shakers of the horticulture industry.”

Questions about the 2019 HortScholars Program? Contact Katie Gustafson at [email protected] for more information.


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