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Training & support for a new generation of flower growers

Since hosting our very first on-farm workshop in 2012, Floret has offered scholarships to deserving flower lovers to attend our training tuition-free. Past scholarship recipients have taken what they learned from Floret to create or expand successful flower businesses across the globe. Floret scholarships are a small way of paying forward the generosity and support we’ve received over the years.

PAYING IT FORWARD

Years ago, I started Floret with a $1,000 loan from my mom, a used wheelbarrow, a shovel, a few dahlia tubers, and a head full of dreams. I spent the first few years learning how to grow flowers largely through trial and error, as I never felt like I was in a place that I could invest in my education. My future changed the day I got an email from one of my floral heroes, offering me a slot at an upcoming workshop. Having the opportunity to have someone take me under their wing and mentor me as I tried to follow my heart was a turning point for me. I vowed that if I ever had a chance to pay it forward in the future I would.

FLORET SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS

FOR GARDENERS, FARMERS, FLORISTS & DREAMERS

This year we planned on awarding 12 scholarships, but over the last few days a handful of incredible people have come forward and offered to sponsor even more students, bringing the new total to 16! We are in awe of their kindness and generosity. Each scholarship recipient will receive tuition-free enrollment in the 2022 Floret Online Workshop.

Applications will be accepted September 14-23, 2021. The deadline to apply is September 23 at 5 p.m. PDT. Because of the volume of applications we receive and our limited staff, we cannot accept late entries.

Winners will be notified by email and announced on the website on October 5, 2021. 

 

Important details:

Scholarships are available to people of all races, ages, gender identities, and education levels. 

Applicants from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply.

Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply. Prior workshop attendees and past scholarship winners, however, are not eligible.

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Applications will be reviewed by a team that includes Floret staff and prior scholarship recipients.

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who best illustrate how the training will be used to achieve their goals or address a specific challenge.

 

Scholarship priorities include: 

Need-based growers: Growers who are ready to scale up their garden or take their flower business to the next level, and for whom the scholarship will make a significant difference in their ability to participate. 

BIPOC & marginalized communities: Black, Indigenous, people of color, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and communities who face barriers to funding and training opportunities. 

International: Small-scale flower growers located in lesser-developed countries or areas of the world where the currency exchange rate makes participating in the Floret Online Workshop cost-prohibitive.

Educational & charitable causes: Nonprofit organizations, rehabilitation and correction programs, and educational initiatives that work with children, underserved communities, or vulnerable populations, or that support other charitable work.

 

We are accepting applications September 14-23, 2021. To apply, click the button below.

 

FLORET SCHOLARSHIP WINNER STORIES

TRAINING A NEW GENERATION OF SMALL-SCALE FLOWER GROWERS
  • 2021 Floret Online Workshop Scholarship winner Whitney Jaye
  • Moo Kho Paw
  • Mike Bolio
  • Janie Beuthin

KYLIE’S STORY

Kylie Lewis took on the task of raising her younger sister while also navigating classes as a 21-year-old college student. “Becoming her guardian made me want to be my best self,” she shared. “Farming expedited the journey. Farming tenders strength, determination, and hope.”

Kylie spent the next decade working as a field hand and manager at organic vegetable farms in Oregon and Washington while dreaming of growing flowers on her own land. Kylie received a Floret Scholarship, and after completing the Floret Online Workshop in 2020, she now grows flowers for weddings, special events, and bouquet subscriptions on a ¼-acre plot.

Washington, United States Floret Online Workshop Class of 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the scholarship application period?

Applications will be accepted September 14-23, 2021. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. PDT on September 23. Because of the volume of applications we receive and our limited staff, we cannot accept late entries. Winners will be notified by email and announced on the website on October 5, 2021.

What is included with the scholarship?

Each scholarship includes free registration to the Floret Online Workshop, our 6-week online course focused on growing flowers on a small scale.

I don't yet have a flower business. Can I still apply for a scholarship?

Applications are welcome from all skill levels, including those who have never grown flowers before, 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.

How many scholarships do you offer?

This year we planned on awarding 12 scholarships to the Floret Online Workshop, but over the last few days a handful of incredible people have come forward and offered to sponsor even more students, bringing the new total to 16! We are in awe of their kindness and generosity.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Floret Online Workshop Scholarships

Floret invites applications for scholarships once per year.

Erin Benzakein in the field with an armload of dahlias

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