HortScholars Program


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:
  • can help you find a fantastic job or internship
  • offer insights on the best ways to reach your career goals
  • will tell funny stories about stupid things they did early in their career (and that you can learn from)
  • provide lots of realistic advice that you can actually use



Who is eligible for the AmericanHort Scholars program?

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 to Cultivate'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.
 

Hear the Scholars' perspective on significant industry trends at Cultivate'16.