LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A lot of people attend the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show each February in Little Rock; an estimated 12,000 people, in fact. But many of you might not know that the money raised during this annual event helps fund Greening Arkansas Grants to support community beautification projects throughout the state and provides college scholarships for horticultural and landscape architecture students in Arkansas.
Right now the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show is taking applications for their 2013 College Scholarships. Krista Quinn, Executive Director of the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, stopped by "THV 11 News This Morning" to talk more about the event.
The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show is more than just the annual show in February. It is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting gardening and beautification in Arkansas, promoting local horticultural businesses, and educating the public about gardening, landscaping, and floral design. The show allows them to fund these projects. One of which is the annual college scholarship. Since the show began, they have awarded over 30 scholarships to students studying horticulture and landscape architecture in Arkansas.
They want to encourage and financially aid students who are majoring in horticulture or related fields in Arkansas. They have three $1,500 scholarships available to Arkansas residents attending a university or community college in our state and majoring in horticultural or a related field. It's a competitive process so they will select the top three applicants among all of those who send in their form and a personal letter discussing how they became interested in horticulture, their goals, their background and their personal commitment.
Horticulture plays a vital role in Arkansas' economy, bringing in billions of dollars, and employment, providing jobs for thousands of people. It's also an important part of our daily lives from the food we eat to the green spaces we enjoy and beyond we benefit from horticulture. And the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show wants to support those young people interested in learning more to ensure a prosperous and green future for our state.
If you want to apply, you can contact the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show at (501) 821-4000. You can also download an application here (PDF).
The deadline is November 30. Winners will be notified in early January and will be invited to attend the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show on February 22 - 24, 2013.