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News & Press: Press Release

AmericanHort HortScholars Program Now Accepting Applications

Wednesday, January 9, 2019  

For Immediate Release

December 7, 2019

Mary Beth Cowardin

Vice President Marketing & Member Engagement




Supporting Our Industry’s Future

AmericanHort HortScholars Program Now Accepting Applications

Columbus, Ohio– The 2019 AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1, 2019 from enthusiastic students in horticulture-related degree programs of any degree level.  Students wishing to apply may do so online at


HortScholars is a seven-day program that sets students in horticulture on a path to success by exposing them to the breadth of the horticulture industry, its opportunities, and its leaders at the industry’s leading trade show - Cultivate. The program offers a beyond-the-classroom experience, insight and awareness of the industry, and professional development via education sessions, networking, and working with industry mentors.


In 2018, AmericanHort received a record number of applications from students across the nation in top-level horticulture programs. Each year, the student’s applications show passions as vast as the horticulture industry. HortScholars’ majors have ranged from Horticultural Plant Production to Sustainable Plant Systems and from Landscape Architecture to Genetics.


Why should you become a HortScholar? To spend seven days in Columbus, Ohio prior to and during Cultivate’19 with paid-for meals, lodging, and an all-access pass to Cultivate, as well as a one-year membership with AmericanHort. HortScholars experience the behind-the-scenes logistics of readying the Columbus Convention Center for Cultivate and have exclusive opportunities for in-depth discussions with industry leaders, including the AmericanHort Board of Directors. These meetings provide HortScholars with insights into the industry and valuable contacts for their professional networks moving forward in their careers.


Daniel Greenwell, a 2017 HortScholar, highly recommends the program. “The HortScholars program connected us with important figures in the industry which helped me build my confidence in networking with new people. More important than anything, in my fellow 2017 HortScholars, I gained five amazing new friends and peers from very diverse backgrounds that I would never have met otherwise.” Daniel has now graduated and gone on to become the Horticulture Program Director at Piedmont Technical College.


Interested in applying? Simply visit to complete your application by March 1, 2019. AmericanHort’s GenerationNext Community Connectors will evaluate the applications, then choose twelve finalists who will provide a short video on why they want to be a HortScholar. The six 2019 HortScholars will be chosen from those finalists.


“HortScholar alumni have become valued members of the horticulture industry,” said AmericanHort VP of marketing & member engagement, Mary Beth Cowardin. “Whether they are running their own business, making new strides in crucial research, or pushing the limits of how horticulture products are marketed and shared, HortScholar alumni are the upcoming movers and shakers of the horticulture industry.” 


Questions about the 2019 HortScholars Program? Contact Katie Gustafson at for more information.



About AmericanHort

Green industry businesses perform better, grow faster and prepare for the future as a member of AmericanHort, the green industry’s leading association. With a rich history of serving horticultural professionals, AmericanHort supports nearly 14,000 member and affiliated businesses that include breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, garden retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscape professionals, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain. The horticulture industry's production, wholesale, retail, and landscape service components have annual sales of $196 billion, and sustain over 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs.