AFE offers two intern scholarships programs for students in floriculture/horticulture:
- Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program (commercial production)
- Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program (floral retail, wholesale or allied trades)
Both programs include a paid internship, along with a scholarship upon successful completion of the internship.
Applications for both programs are reviewed twice a year. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1 and October 1.
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Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program
This program gives students the opportunity to gain practical floriculture/horticulture experience while training at a commercial production greenhouse or nursery. Students will intern away from home for a period of three, four or six month periods, and upon completion of their paid internship, they will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,500 (three month), $3,000 (four month), or $6,000 (six month).
History and Objective:
Vic Ball was the son of Ball Horticultural founder George Jacob Ball. As the leading North American producer and distributor of ornamental plants and their seeds, Ball Horticulture has had a tremendous presence in the horticulture business. In 1992, Vic and Margaret Ball made a generous donation to AFE to establish this program for students to receive critical "hands on" growing experiences, to help ensure successful furture generations of horticulturalists.
Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program
Interns train at a leading retail, wholesale or allied trade operation for a period of 10-14 weeks, getting valuable on-the-job work experience. Upon the successful completion of their paid internship, interns will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000.
History and Objective:
Earnings from a bequest by the late Colonel and Mrs. Walter E. Mosmiller Jr. provide the main source of financial support for the Mosmiller Scholar Program.
Colonel Mosmiller, a past chairman of the Endowment and a former retail florist in Richmond, Va., demonstrated a strong, lifelong interest in professional training and encouraged young people to pursue careers in the floral industry. The Endowment established this program to honor the Mosmillers and express a meaningful extension of their industry dedication.
This Program began in 1975 to provide quality professional training for selected, motivated floriculture and environmental horticulture students. Business students planning careers in the floral industry became eligible in 1993 when the training focused on a retail/wholesale experience. Students receive paid training and a $2,000 scholarship upon successful completion. Those completing the program are known as Mosmiller Scholars.
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