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Proven Winners is looking to the future, and the future of our industry depends on the young people behind us. We want to assist and recognize the academic talent that exists across North America by presenting scholarships to students in both 4-year universities as well as community colleges and vocational schools.  Apply for your scholarship by April 15, 2018.

See all our scholarship winners:

4-Year University Scholarships - Proven Winners will award at least three $5,000 scholarships annually:

  • The Ushio Sakazaki - Proven Winners® Plant Breeding Scholarship - $5,000 New flowers and plants are the lifeblood of our industry. We are proud to support students who are committed to developing new and exciting plants in this competitive market.
  • Proven Winners® Innovations in Horticultural Marketing Scholarship - $5,000 The importance of marketing is often overlooked in our industry, so we need to support students with not only a passion for plants but also for knowing how to market and sell them.
  • Proven Winners® Grower Excellence Scholarship - $5,000 High-quality plant material produced by talented and hardworking growers is absolutely essential for any plant brand to be successful. We are proud to support the next generation of great plantsmen and women pursuing careers in plant production.

4-Year University Scholarships Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled full time in a four-year university in the U.S. or Canada and be at least a sophomore during the academic year.  Master’s and Ph.D. level students are also eligible. Students needed to have at least one year of school left before graduation.
  • Must be enrolled in Horticultural Science or related fields.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Previous winners of a Proven Winners four-year university scholarship are not eligible to apply again. If you previously won a Proven Winners Technical or 2-year Post Secondary Institution scholarship, you are eligible to apply for our Four-Year University Scholarship as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements.

4-Year University Scholarship Application Requirements:

  • Online Application: Complete our online scholarship application which includes a place for you to upload your reference letter, 750 word essay and picture.
  • Reference Letter: Written by your current academic advisor or a professor
  • 750 Word Essay: “What I Want to Accomplish in Horticulture”
  • Current Photo: Proven Winners requires a current photo of you to be submitted with your scholarship application.

 


 

Technical or 2-Year Post-Secondary Institution Scholarships -  Proven Winners will award five $2,000 scholarships annually.

Many horticulture students begin their post-secondary schooling at 2-year or vocational technology schools as a way to enter the workforce sooner. Since horticulture tends to be a very hands-on career with much knowledge gained through work experience, this is an excellent way to break into the industry. We are proud to support five exemplary students who have chosen this route for their education.

Technical or 2-Year Post-Secondary Institution Scholarships Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled full time in an accredited Technical or 2-year post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada. Incoming and established students with at least one year of classes left are eligible.
  • Must be enrolled in Horticultural Science or related fields.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Previous winners of a Proven Winners Technical or 2-Year Post-Secondary Institution scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second Proven Winners Technical or 2-Year Post-Secondary Institution Scholarship. However, if you are moving on to a 4-year university, you are eligible to apply for our 4-Year University Scholarship as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements.

Technical or 2-Year Post-Secondary Institution Scholarships Application Requirements:

  • Online Application: Complete our online scholarship application which includes a place for you to upload your reference letter, 750-word essay and picture.
  • Reference Letter: Written by your current academic advisor or a professor (For incoming students, a letter from your high school counselor or a teacher)
  • 750 Word Essay: “What I Want to Accomplish in Horticulture”
  • Current Photo: Proven Winners requires a current photo of you to be submitted with your scholarship application.

 


 

Stipulations for All Scholarship Applicants:

  • You may only apply for one Proven Winners Scholarship in any given year.
  • You understand that Proven Winners may use your current photo for our own promotional purposes if you receive one of our scholarships.  
  • When you apply for this scholarship program, you are giving your permission for your information to be shared within the Proven Winners network of companies.
  • Employees of Proven Winners affiliated companies and licensees are not eligible.
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Apply here, complete this online application by April 15st 

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Proven Winners Scholarship Applicants Have Attended The Following Schools:

Below are some common scholarship essay questions.  You can use these as a great starting point for a pesonal statement.  Some of these essay questions are used in the Maricopa Scholarship Database.

  • What life experiences have shaped who you are today and what challenges have you overcome in achieving your education (i.e. financial, personal, medical, etc.)?
  • Explain why you need financial assistance.
  • Describe your academic and career goals and your plans to achieve them and discuss any of your extracurricular/volunteer activities (both on and off campus) that you may perform.
  • Describe an event in which you took a leadership role and what you learned about yourself.

This is a sample essay to help guide you when you are writing essays for scholarships. Keep in mind that all scholarship applications are different, so you may have to design your essay to meet those specific requirements. 

Paragraph I
(State an overview of what you are going to talk about in the essay. If the essay is about you, give a brief description of your experiences, goals, aspirations, family background, etc. Touch on why you want the scholarship.)

For as long as I could remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. I have been responsible for the care and feeding of pets ever since I was in the second grade. In high school, I participated in the 4-H club as well as the Junior Humane society. To reach my goals, I realize that I must pursue an eight year college education which will begin with the Fall 2010 semester. I am very excited about my future and feel that with the opportunity your scholarship will provide, I can help many animals.

Paragraph II & III
(Go into more detail on one of the topics listed in paragraph I. For example, elaborate on your previous experiences, family and financial situation, volunteer work, employment, academic career, future goals, college plans, etc.)

My love for animals has been encouraged by my family and friends. I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the local animal shelter and provide basic care to the stray animals. With the help of my biology teacher, I was able to start a 4-H club on campus. Many of the other students on campus developed an interest in the animals and now our club has 100 members. My family also has many animals for which I provide care, including basic needs as well as first aid. I find that I enjoy that aspect of pet ownership best. Unfortunately, my family cannot afford to pay for my entire education, so I hope to use my skills and love of animals to help me pay for college.

Paragraph IV
(Conclude your essay with a wrap-up of why you should be considered for the scholarship; how do your goals match those of the organization, etc.)

Your organization stands for what I believe in. Like your organization, I hope to help animals for the rest of my life. To reach my goals, I need as much help as possible. I already have the moral support of my family and friends, but that is not quite enough to make my dream come true. I hope that your organization can help me reach this dream by awarding me your scholarship.

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