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. We can’t wait to read yours!
ELIGIBILITY & OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:
*Applications for our 2019 scholarships will be accepted September 10-18, 2018. 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 gardening or flower farming experience is encouraged, but not required. The scholarship is open to “dreamers” – those who do not currently have a flower farm or flower-based business, but hope to one day.
*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 just 1,200 characters including spaces, or approximately 200 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. Be sure to include your photo with your application. Note: photos are used for the purposes of announcing the winners only.
*Winners will be notified by email and announced on the website on October 1, 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next scholarship application period?
We accepted applications for our 2019 scholarships September 10-18, 2018. We will re-open scholarship applications in the fall of 2019.
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.
To please add your name to our list to be notified about our 2020 scholarships.