Fresh from the AmericanHort webpage: http://americanhort.org
What is the HortScholars program? A 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. The program offers you a beyond-the-classroom experience, giving you insight and awareness of the industry, its supply chain, and where you might find a home for your passion. The focus of the program is on professional development including attending education sessions, networking, and working with industry mentors.
In other words: You will meet many, many people that:
HortScholars is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. (If you graduate just before the program starts in July, that's okay).
What exactly is a HortScholar and what do they do?
HortScholars spend seven days on-site at Cultivate'16 (the industry's largest all-industry event in North America) in Columbus, Ohio. HortScholars meet as a group and individually with industry professionals, attend educational sessions, and network at various social events. Click here for a sample schedule.
HortScholars receive complimentary meals, lodging, an All-Access Pass toCultivate'16, and a complimentary one-year student membership with AmericanHort. HortScholars are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Columbus, Ohio.
(Translation: It's not nearly as boring as it sounds. Hort Scholars have a great time meeting people who work in different aspects of the industry (growers, breeders, brokers, sales reps, marketers, business owners, consultants, professors, students, and young professionals).
It's a unique experience designed to help you make contacts so you can find jobs and internships and help you experience some of the more exciting aspects of the industry. If you're a horticulture major and not sure if you want to be a grower or think being a grower is your only career option - think again! The HortScholars Program will show you that there are many, many career possibilities. Check out the Current & Past HortScholars tab above to hear what alumni have to say about their experiences.
You're responsible for your own transportation to and from Columbus, Ohio. Once you get to Columbus we've got everything covered - hotel, food, parking.
If you're concerned about a job or internship you might have during the summer, don't worry too much about it. Most employers are incredibly supportive of this opportunity and will see it as a valuable part of your overall job/internship experience.)
When and where does the HortScholars program take place?
The HortScholars program is in conjunction with Cultivate'16 in Columbus, Ohio. That's July 6 - 12, 2016.
Timeline for the 2015 Program
November 30, 2015Application opens
March 1, 2016Deadline for application and letter of recommendation.
March 28, 2016Participants announced
Contact the HortScholars coordinator Lauren Snyder at LaurenS@AmericanHort.org.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.