June 15, 2020
The Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation has announced the application deadline for the 2020 scholarship and bursary program has been extended to July 31. The extension comes after the closure of schools and many non-essential businesses due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Students and apprentices enrolled in landscape and horticulture programs across the province can apply for a portion of the over $50,000 of financial assistance available via a wide range of scholarships. These include a number of regional scholarships offered through various Landscape Ontario chapters (Waterloo, Ottawa and Upper Canada), and sector-specific scholarships to students pursuing career paths, such as property maintenance, native plants and lawn care. Other scholarships have been created in memory or recognition of industry leaders and pioneers who helped make the profession what it is today.

Cullen Family Scholarship Program

Under the Foundation umbrella, the Cullen Family Scholarship Program offers an additional $30,000 to students pursuing careers in landscaping and horticulture. Individual scholarships of $2,000 are available to students in every post-secondary institution across the province that has a landscape or horticulture program.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is also July 31, 2020.

How to apply

Most scholarships require the student to submit an essay, explaining why they should be considered for a specific scholarship, as well as a transcript and sometimes a nomination from their educator.

Established in 1979, one of the primary goals of the Foundation is to nurture and advance the horticultural industry through the funding of industry-related scholarships. Scholarships are available only to those who reside in Ontario and scholarships support students at all levels of education: college, university, post-graduate and apprentices.

For a full list of available scholarships, criteria, and an application form, visit HortTrades.com/scholarships. For information on supporting the Foundation, visit OHTF.ca.