AmericanHort welcomes applications for annual program

HortScholars is a seven-day program that exposes students to the industry at the Cultivate trade show.

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January 11, 2019
Edited by Jimmy Miller

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2019 AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1 from students in horticulture-related degree programs of any degree level.

Students wishing to apply may do so online at americanhort.org/scholars.

HortScholars is a seven-day program that exposes horticulture students to the industry and its leaders at Cultivate, a trade show based in Columbus. In 2018, AmericanHort received a record number of applications from students across the nation. HortScholars’ majors have ranged from horticultural plant

production to sustainable plant systems and from landscape architecture to genetics.

The program includes paid-for meals, lodging and an all-access pass to Cultivate, as well as a

one-year membership with AmericanHort. HortScholars have exclusive opportunities for in-depth discussions with industry leaders, including the AmericanHort Board of Directors.

“The HortScholars program connected us with important figures in the industry which helped me build my

confidence in networking with new people," said Daniel Greenwell, a 2017 HortScholar. He's now the horticulture program director at Piedmont Technical College "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."

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.

Questions about the 2019 HortScholars program can be directed to Katie Gustafson at KatieG@AmerianHort.org.