San Diego Floral Association
Scholarship and Internship Criteria

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Our Programs:
THE ROLAND & ETHEL HOYT SCHOLARSHIP and THE BONNIE GEBHARDT SCHOLARSHIP awards scholarships to community college students based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, and an expressed interest in pursuing a degree in HORTICULTURE (or related areas) with the main purpose of enhancing and improving the quality of urban living. Defined as, but not limited to:

  • Agriculture
  • Botany
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Irrigation Management
  • Landscape Installation
  • Sports Field Management
  • Gray Water Management
  • Drought Management
  • Water Conservation
  • Floral Design
  • Florist Operation

THE BONNIE GEBHARDT INTERNSHIP, following the criteria set above, awards internships to community college students. An internship will allow college students hands-on workplace experience and an opportunity to develop and improve their skills. Internship positions must be relevant to applicants’ major to meet their degree or certificate requirements. .
Each scholarship or internship awarded will be received prior to the Fall Semester on an annual basis and distributed by the college.
Scholarship/Internship: Maximum of $1000

Students applying for a Scholarship or Internship must be in financial need, maintain a unit load of 9 units or more per semester, maintain a 3.0 GPA or equivalent.

Submission Process/Deadlines:
Students should submit Scholarship and Internship applications to the appropriate department/program coordinator of participating community colleges.

Scholarship winners will be invited to attend an San Diego Floral Association Annual Members’ meeting held in October to recognize recipients. Prior to that meeting, the scholarship recipient will submit a photograph of him or herself, a one-paragraph bio, and give permission (signed release) to SDFA to post image and biography on our website as well as social media entities.

About The San Diego Floral Association
Founded in 1907, the San Diego Floral Association helped the Chamber of Commerce beautify San Diego in advance of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and exercised a major influence in the transformation of San Diego into a garden spot. Now the longest established garden club in Southern California and one of San Diego’s oldest civic groups, the Floral Association moves forward its mission of horticultural education and community service while remembering the early volunteers who shaped the organization, including A. D. Robinson and Kate Sessions.

Since 1988, San Diego Floral Association has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships to local Community Colleges.

Send questions and/or comments to:
Cheryl Nealy

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SDFA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization – your gift is tax deductible.

Donations may be mailed: SDFA 1650 El Prado, Room 105, San Diego, CA 92101.
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Questions? Call the SDFA office to request a call back from the Treasurer, 619-232-5762

Mission: To promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and floriculture in the San Diego region.