Every year Floret provides full scholarships to aspiring flower farmers and floral designers to receive advanced training through our workshops.
Since hosting our very first on-farm workshop, we have offered scholarships to a handful of lucky flower lovers each year to receive our training for free. I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to pass along something that will hopefully make a difference in another person’s life. I love being able to support aspiring farmer-florists who are hungry for the opportunity and ready to jump in with both feet to take their flower-filled dreams to the next level. One of the greatest rewards of this work has been watching scholarship recipients take what we have taught them and then go on to build thriving flower-based businesses. More than ever before, I am committed to investing in people who are ready, willing and able to follow their dreams with a little help from Floret.
Floret scholarships are a little way of paying it forward for the support I received early on in my flower journey.
2020 Floret Scholarships
How it all started
Years ago, I started Floret with a $1,000 loan from my mom, a used wheelbarrow, a shovel, a few dahlia tubers from a friend and a head full of dreams. I spent the first few years learning how to be a flower farmer largely through trial and error. It was a frustrating and back-breaking way to learn. But I never felt like I was in a place that I could invest in my own education or myself.
My future changed the day I got an email from one of the most talented leaders in the floral design industry, offering me a slot at an upcoming workshop if I could just get myself there. I’ll never forget that day; I sat at my desk and wept. Up until that point it had been such a hard process to grow Floret and I was on the verge of quitting. I was fortunate enough to have someone take me under their wing and mentor me as I tried to follow my heart.
Having that opportunity to spend a few days away from my busy life, with one of my floral heroes, was a turning point and completely transformed what I thought was possible, both in life and in business. I came back to the farm refreshed, and with a renewed focus and plan to grow Floret based on my strengths and intuition. I also vowed that if I ever had anything of value to share with someone else who needed a leg up, I’d pay it forward. Always.
Every year since we started hosting workshops, we’ve offered at least one scholarship for someone to attend for free. I love being able to share the business and life lessons that I’ve learned and to be able to provide a unique learning experience that will hopefully make a difference in another person’s life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When will the 2020 scholarships be announced?
Scholarships will be announced on the Floret website on October 14. Meet the 2020 winners.
When is the scholarship application period?
Applications for 2020 Floret Scholarships were accepted September 24-October 1, 2019. Submissions for 2021 scholarships will be available in the autumn of 2020.
What is included with the scholarship?
Each scholarship includes:
- Free registration to the Floret Online Workshop, our six-week online course focused on growing flowers on a small scale.
- A deluxe resource kit filled with some of Floret’s favorite books, tools and supplies.
Is it possible to save my application and complete it later?
Yes, you can save your application as a draft and complete it later. Simply click the disk icon for the “Save & Continue Later” feature which can be found at the bottom of the application.
Is it possible to update or edit my application after it has been submitted?
Sorry, but the scholarship application form does not allow you to go back and make edits once it has been submitted. Please make sure your answers are complete prior to submitting your application.
I don't yet have a flower business yet. Can I still apply for a scholarship?
Applications are welcome from “dreamers” as well as established growers. Please note the scholarship award categories described above.
I don't live in the U.S. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?
Yes! We accept applications from flower lovers from across the globe. In fact, most of our 2018 scholarships were awarded to international applicants.
How many scholarships do you offer?
We are offering a total of six scholarships to participate in the 2020 Floret Online Workshop.
We accept applications for Floret Scholarships once per year.
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