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 Floret Workshop, we have offered scholarships to a handful of lucky flower lovers to attend our training for free. I’m thrilled to now 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 businesses. More than ever before, I am committed to investing in people who are ready, willing and able to build a flower business 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.
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.
Floret scholarship applications are accepted just once per year. Applications for Floret’s 2020 Scholarships will be accepted September 24-30, 2019.
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ELIGIBILITY & OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:
Floret will award a total of six scholarships to participate in the 2020 Floret Online Workshop. Scholarship categories include:
New & early career growers: Beginning and intermediate growers who are ready to scale up their operations or take their business to the next level.
International & need-based: Small-scale flower growers with a significant financial need, located in a lesser developed country or 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, vulnerable populations or support other charitable work.
*Applications for our 2020 scholarships will be accepted September 24-30th, 2019. Due to the volume of applications and our limited staff, we cannot accept late entries.
*Applicants from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply.
*Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply. Prior workshop attendees and scholarship winners, however, are not eligible.
*Make your answers compelling and succinct. Essays are restricted to 250 words.
*Only complete applications will be considered. If you accidentally hit submit before your application is complete, simply submit a separate, fully completed application. There is no need to email us to let us know. We will disregard the incomplete form and review only your complete application.
* Please include a photo with your application. Your photo is NOT considered as part of the application review process and will be used ONLY if you are awarded a scholarship for the purposes of announcing the winners. Photos can be no larger than 5 MB. By submitting a photo, you agree to allow Floret to publish the photo if you are selected for a scholarship.
*Winners will be notified by email and announced on the website on October 14, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next scholarship application period?
Applications for 2020 Floret Scholarships will be open September 24-30, 2019.
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 farm or flower business yet. Can I still apply for a scholarship?
Yes! Applications are welcome from “dreamers” and established flower farmers alike.
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 offered a total of six scholarships to participate in our 2019 Floret Online Workshop. Thanks to the generosity of other flower lovers wishing to support small flower farmers and the seasonal flower movement, we were able to offer additional scholarships.
We accept applications for Floret Scholarships once per year.
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