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Central Florida Orchid Society Scholarship

The Central Florida Orchid Society (CFOS) is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the U.S. The Society began in Orlando almost 70 years ago with the intention of extending the knowledge, production, use, and appreciation of orchids.

Now, the CFOS is a non-profit corporation that has grown rapidly over the years. This $3,000 scholarship program is awarded by the CFOS in the hope that it might encourage young students to pursue careers in Horticulture and Agricultural and Life Sciences.

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Award Information:

Amount: $3,000
Number of Scholarship Awards: 1
Deadline: February 15th
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Major: Horticultural Science, Horticultural Production, Plant molecular and Cellular Biology, Botany, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Entomology and Nematology, Landscape and Nursery Horticulture, Plant Science, Agronomy, or Plant Pathology

Eligible Students:

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College-bound students who intend to pursue an accredited undergraduate curriculum directed towards a career in Horticulture and the Agricultural and Life Sciences or any closely related field.

Additional Requirements:

To qualify for this scholarship award, a student must:
a. Be a United States citizen
b. Attend an accredited 4-year college or university
c. Enroll as a full-time student
d. Have graduates that are above average
e. Be living in one of the following Central Florida Counties: Brevard, Polk, Osceola, Lake, or Volusia
f. Have completed an A.A. degree or equivalent and be enrolling in upper level major courses in the fall semester

Application Process:

1. Visit and download the application form by going to the “Scholarship” page.
2. Fill out the application form by providing your general information, current classification, educational data, extra-curricular information, and additional qualifications.
3. If you are working or currently hold a Research or Teaching Assistantship, Fellowship, Internship, etc.; please include a resume.
4. Include a certified copy of your most recent transcript(s).
5. Attach two (2) recommendation letters from non-family members. Write a personal essay (minimum of 250 words) that addresses the objectives you hope to achieve, and how you would use your degree. Please include in your essay details about your interest in orchids and their propagation and culture (if applicable).
6. Review your application and place your signature at the bottom if you are done. If you are under 18 years old, have a parent/guardian sign the form as well.
7. Submit all requirements to:

Submission Info:

The Central Florida Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 3105
Orlando, FL 32801

Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted simultaneously. Incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.


The administration of the scholarship is turned over to the college/university that the scholar is attending. The college/university will retain custody of the award funds, authorizing withdrawals by the scholar and remitting to the scholar any residual amount upon satisfactory completion of the terms of the award. At the end of each semester, the school is requested to forward the scholar’s grades to the Scholarship Committee.

Withdrawal and terms:

A scholarship award may be withdrawn from the student if:
1. The holder changes his/her college course from Horticulture or directly related courses to another field of study.
2. The holder enrolls in a different school and takes up a curriculum other than what he/she listed at the time of initial application, and no longer meets the eligibility requirements for this scholarship.
3. The holder conducts himself/herself in such a way as to embarrass either the Central Florida Orchid Society or the college/university he/she is attending.
4. The holder fails to maintain the minimum GPA requirement.

Contact Information:

Central Florida Orchid Society
Leu Botanical Gardens, Magnolia Room
1920 North Forest Avenue,
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 695-1297
Email: [email protected]

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