Vic & Margaret Ball Internship

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Amount
Awarded

$3,500

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 1

Sunday
Awarded By:

American Floral Endowment

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Up to 10 awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must maintain a grade point average of 'C' or better.
  3. Must be a full-time student.
  4. Must be enrolled in a floriculture/environmental horticulture or business program at a two- or four-year college or university in the United States with a recognized floriculture program.
  5. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  6. Must be a current undergraduate college student at time of application.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: Current undergraduate students who are enrolled full time in a floriculture/environmental horticulture or business program at a two- or four-year college or university in the United States with a recognized floriculture program are eligible for this award. Students must have a 'C' or better grade point average and participate in an internship.

Application requirements for the Vic & Margaret Ball Internship are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • Recommendation letter
Additional Information: Internship training must take place while the student is an undergraduate, unless he/she plans to enroll in a graduate program. In such instances, students may take training immediately following graduation. Internships must be started within 12 months of the application date and completed prior to graduation. Training may be conducted in a production greenhouse, nursery or botanical garden away from home/school (commercial locations preferred) at a United States facility (Canadian and other foreign locations considered). Transportation costs to and from the location are the student's responsibility ($500 of the internship award is available in advance for travel and relocation). Students in the Ball Program must agree to and fulfill the responsibilities assigned by the employer for the internship time period, and submit a 500-word report evaluating the experience within 30 days of completing the program. Reports will be shared with the board, employer and used for program promotion. The student must also secure permission to interrupt his/her studies for the length of the training period when required by the university.

Award Amount: Three types of awards are available. The three-month experience includes a $1,500 grant. The four-month experience includes a $3,000 grant. The six-month experience includes a $6,000 grant. Each recipient also receives a paid internship from his/her employer which must be equal to no less than minimum wage.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $3,500.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Applications are available online from the American Floral Endowment (AFE). The student must apply through his/her floricultural or business faculty member. In addition to the completed application, each student must submit a personal statement describing his/her reasons for applying, personal involvement in floriculture activities, and his/her expectations from the program as well as his/her anticipated future in the floral industry; a copy of his/her official college/university transcripts; and a letter of endorsement from his/her advisor. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted to the applicant's floricultural faculty member who will then submit the application to the AFE at the address provided. Applications are accepted twice a year, and must be received by March 1 or Oct. 1.
Contact: Debi Aker
Address: 1601 Duke St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314

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