Deadline to apply for 2017 is March 1, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I want to apply, but I'm not sure because of my work or internship schedule this summer. What should I do? Apply! Many employers (especially those in the horticulture field) view the HortScholars Program as a very beneficial opportunity and are willing to give you time off.
Is this a scholarship?
The HortScholars program is not a traditional scholarship where you receive money toward your tuition. But you can think of it as a scholarship worth $1,500 to attend Cultivate'17 (the largest all-industry event in North America).
Do I get a check at the end?
HortScholars do not receive monetary compensation for their participation. They do receive a free one-year AmericanHort membership, an All Access Pass to Cultivate'17 ($400 value), free meals ($400+), and a free place to stay ($400+).
How many students participate in the program?
Only 6 students are selected each year.
Who selects the HortScholars?
AmericanHort's Generation Next Community, which organizes young professional events and education, is the selection committee for the HortScholars program.
How are the HortScholars selected?
Applications are reviewed by each member of the Generation Next Community. Committee members score applications based on specific items such as involvement in student activities, horticulture-related jobs, and your passion for your career choice.
I am an international student - can I apply?
Yes, but you will be responsible for paying for your transportation to and from Columbus, Ohio.
Do I need to send my transcripts?
No, official transcripts are not required. The only supporting documents required are a letter of recommendation (this should be emailed as a pdf to Lauren Snyder at and your resume. Your resume should include work experience, club and extra-curricular involvements, volunteer experience, and any awards or recognitions you have received. 
How long is it?
Cultivate'17 will be held July 15-18, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. HortScholars will arrive 3 days prior to the event.

I have additional questions who do I contact?

Contact Lauren Snyder at  or (614) 884-1154.