In 2014, GrowIt! was founded by two aspiring young horticulture professionals, Mason Day and Seth Reed. Their goal was to inspire more people to engage with plants in their daily lives.
In the past year, more than 50,000 people have signed up for GrowIt!, using the app to find plants that will work well in their areas. With the app’s help, they have identified mystery plants identified and even made friends with other plant lovers around them. GrowIt! founders say their vision is coming true, and now they want to know about other young professionals’ ideas.
GrowIt! announces the 2015/16 Plantastic Idea Scholarship, giving $1000 to three students. Reed and Day want to promote young minds that have big ideas in the world of plants.
“Maybe as a student you want to work to promote high school horticulture programs around the nation,” the GrowIt! founders said in a press release. “Maybe you want to establish a national coalition for community gardens. Maybe you want to breed some new exciting houseplants. Whatever your vision is we want to hear about it!”
The essay-based scholarship is open to high school and college students with an interest in changing the world of plants. The essay topic is: If Reed and Day sent you two GrowIt! t-shirts, $1,000, a Square Card Reader and a roll of duct tape, what would you do to change the world of plants forever? In 1,000 words or fewer, thrill the GrowIt! founders with your Plantastic Idea. The winning essay will be selected by a panel of professionals in the horticulture industry.
All submissions are due by March 31st, 2016. To be eligible:
- You must be a registered student in grades 9-12 or a college or university
- You must be 14 years of age or older to apply
- You must complete a Profile on the GrowIt! App
- You must upload at least 5 photos to the GrowIt! App
- You must email your essay (in .doc or .docx format) to [email protected]
- Include your GrowIt! username with your essay
Learn more about the GrowIt! app, the only available app that lets you garden socially. You can download GrowIt! on the Apple App Store or on Google Play, and follow GrowIt! on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.