Applications are being accepted for the American Floral Endowment’s (AFE) Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship, geared toward commercial production, and the Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program, geared toward greenhouse production, floral retail and wholesale and allied trade fields.
“These two intern scholarship programs allow students to gain the hands-on, real-world experience they need before entering the industry, while also providing financial aid,” says AFE Manager Debi Aker.
The Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program, established in 1992 by a generous gift from Vic and Margaret Ball, specifically funds training at floriculture production greenhouses throughout the United States. Vic Ball was a respected and widely admired leader in horticulture and floriculture for more than 60 years. The Balls created this program to assure future students would have the ability to take advantage of practical greenhouse experience opportunities without financial worry. The Ball program allows for a three-, four- or six-month paid internship experience, and awards a scholarship ($1,500, $3,000 or $6,000) at the completion of the internship.
The Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program was established in 1975 to honor former AFE Chairman and retail florists Colonel and Mrs. Walter E. Mosmiller Jr. Funding from the Mosmiller program helps support students who participate in internships at a retail florist, wholesaler or allied trade company. The paid internship lasts between 10 and 14 weeks and awards a $2,000 scholarship upon completion of the internship.
To be considered for these scholarship opportunities that are administered by AFE, students must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in a floriculture/environmental horticulture program at a two- or four-year college or university in the U.S., maintain a “C” or better GPA and complete the internship prior to graduation.
Deadlines & Applications
Both intern scholarship programs are awarded twice each year. The deadline for receiving applications at the AFE office is March 1 in the spring and October 1 in the fall. Applications can be downloaded from the AFE web site at www.endowment.org/education.