Registration opens for HortScholar program

December 2, 2016 -  By
HortScholars play an integral role in the production of AmericanHort's annual Cultivate show.

HortScholars play an integral role in the production of AmericanHort’s annual Cultivate show.

The AmericanHort HortScholars program is accepting applications through March 1. The program is open to any student pursuing a horticulture-related degree and includes all degree levels, from associate’s to Ph.D.

With paid meals, lodging and registration, HortScholars will spend seven days in Columbus, Ohio, assisting with the behind-the-scenes logistics of preparing the Columbus Convention Center for Cultivate’17, AmericanHort’s annual trade show and educational program. During the event, HortScholars will have the opportunity to meet and engage in discussions with industry leaders.

“Being a HortScholar has allowed me to make amazing professional connections as well as some pretty awesome friends,” said Sayde Heckman, a 2016 HortScholar from the University of Missouri. “My favorite experience at Cultivate was being able to present my Ignite presentation in front of my peers and the industry. Being able to speak on a topic that I am so passionate about reminded me how much I enjoy getting other people excited about horticulture. I cannot wait to attend Cultivate’17 and reconnect with all of the amazing people I met as a HortScholar.”

HortScholar alumni have gone on to do valuable research on plant genetics, green infrastructure and growing technology; changed how horticulture products are marketed; gone on to run family businesses or start their own; and assumed critical leadership roles in the industry, AmericanHort said.

Interested applicants can apply online or submit a resume and one letter of recommendation to Lauren Snyder at LaurenS@AmericanHort.org by March 1. AmericanHort also is urging companies interested in meeting with the HortScholars at Cultivate’17 to email Lauren Snyder at LaurenS@AmericanHort.org.

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