AmericanHort has selected six students from across the country to serve as this year’s HortScholars. This rigorous, competitive application process identifies some of the industry’s brightest professionals and helps to launch their careers in horticulture by providing education and networking opportunities. The goal of the HortScholars program is to provide students with an enriching professional development experience that increases their knowledge, industry awareness and career enthusiasm.
• Sarah Leach Smith, University of Delaware
• Bobby Nance, Virginia Tech
• Madeline Olberg, Purdue University
• Nick Sobecki, Ohio University
• Emily Teng, University of Hawaii
• William Yoho Jr,, Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute
HortScholars will be on-site at Cultivate’15 (July 11-14 in Columbus, Ohio) and receive complimentary Cultivate registration, lodging and meals. Additionally, they will receive a complimentary one-year AmericanHort membership. On-site at Cultivate’15, HortScholars will assist the Generation Next Community with events, conduct presentations that share their insight into industry issues, attend the exhibitions and educational sessions, meet with industry mentors and network at various social events.
More information on this year’s HortScholars, including biographies and photos, is available at AmericanHort.org/HortScholars.
The HortScholars Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students attending two- and four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. who are majoring in horticulture or a related field and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must complete an online application and submit one faculty letter of recommendation. Up to six students are selected each year.