Scholarship & Mentorships
Florida State Florist Association Embraces Education
Each year, FSFA Awards to its' Members Two (2) Scholarships and Four (4) Mentorships during the Annual Convention. This year, the Scholarship and Mentorships will be awarded on:
Saturday, August 28, 2021 during the President's Dinner.
Bonaventure Resort and Spa, 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, FL 33326
FSFA is pleased to announce the following Scholarships:
The Jeanne Parsons Scholarship.
A scholarship in the amount of up to $1500.
The William "Bill" Bobulinski Scholarship.
A scholarship in the amount of up to $1000 for the recipient to attend a class at
Floriology Institute, Jacksonville, FL.
Additionally, FSFA will also be awarding Four Mentorships
This year, Deborah De La Flor AIFD CFD AAF PFCI , Robert Tucker AIFD CFD CFEJ FSMD, Ian Prosser AIFD CFD PFCI and Andreia Muller AIFD CFD FSMD have generously donated their time to mentor someone who is new to the industry or wishes to expand their knowledge. The scholarship / mentorship program is one of the greatest benefits of membership in FSFA. Simply click on the upcoming event below next to the Scholarship event listing and submit your application by clicking the registration button. Registration is FREE.
Here's what former recipients have to say:
"My life was dazzled winning the Jeanne Parsons Scholarship, This scholarship afforded me the opportunity to attend the 2016 AIFD Southern Convention, make more industry friends, continue my education and ultimately contributing to my dream. Scholarships are available for our advantage, but we must apply. Scholarships made a difference in my career path providing the necessary monetary help which allowed me the opportunity to create a better future' - Andreia Muller AIFD CFD FSMD.
"The FSFA mentor experience was a great way for me to gain some insight and hands on experience in the floral industry. Bob Tucker AIFD was a remarkable mentor who challenged me to grasp design concepts and understand how I can be successful in the business world. I am thankful for this experience and gained a lot of knowledge on how to pursue my future aspirations" - Ashley Brant CFD
"The scholarship and mentorship which I have been very fortunate to receive through the FSFA, has really launched my success in the floral industry. Between meeting very supportive and talented florists and receiving money for education, I have achieved what some florists spend an entire career building for themselves. I have developed lifetime friendships with my mentors and it is a huge comfort to know that I can always count on them for support in all aspects of the floral industry. Thanks to FSFA I am growing a successful floral business" - Kristina Metcalf AIFD CFD
Gale West FSMD - Scholarship Chair
FSFA is dedicated to the education and enrichment of our members within the association through the Jeanne Parsons Scholarship, The William "Bill" Bobulinski Scholarship and the Mentorships that are awarded on a yearly basis. The scholarship and mentorships are available to any FSFA member who meets the requirements listed herein. The scholarship and mentorships are awarded yearly at the Annual Convention during the President's Awards and Gala. The following have generously worked with FSFA to provide quality education to our members:
AIFD Symposium/AIFD On-Line Courses
Floriology Institute - Jacksonville, Florida
YOLA GUZ's School of Floral Design - Miami Florida
Floral Design Institute - Portland, Oregon
1. Applicant Must be a member of Florida State Florists' Association for at east 6 months prior to applying for a scholarship or mentorship. Applicants must be a store owner, freelance designer, employee of an FSFA Member in good standing or must be engaged in a floral related industry. (18yrs of age or older) If an employee is applying, they must apply for, pay for and maintain their own membership. There is no waiting period for employee applicants.
2. Must have full registration to the Annual Convention.
3. May not have received a Scholarship in the previous year. Recipients of a mentorship are eligible to apply for the Scholarship.
4. Must submit their application no later than July 1, 2021. Additionally, applicants must have three letters of recommendation to present to the Scholarship Committee at the time of interview.
5. Applicants will be notified by August 2, 2021 as to the time and location of their interview.
6. Upon acceptance of a Scholarship, recipient must notify the Scholarship Committee within 30 days of the intent of the Scholarship. If intent of uses of the scholarship is not stated within the 30 days, the Scholarship is forfeited. All registrations for such will be made by FSFA. Unused portions of funds may be applied to additional programs only with the approval of the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship may not exceed the monetary value of the award.
The Jeanne Parsons Scholarship may NOT exceed $1500.00
William "Bill" Bobulinski Scholarship may Not exceed $1000
7. Upon Acceptance of a mentorship, recipient must notify the Scholarship Committee within 60 days the date the mentorship will take place. If the date of the mentorship is not established within the 60 days, the Mentorship is forfeited. The recipient will be reimbursed by FSFA for the following:
A. Gas receipts dated during the time frame of the mentorship.
B. Meal receipts dated during the time frame of the mentorship.
C. Lodging receipts dated during the time frame of the mentorship.
D. All receipts must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee with in 10 days of the completion of the mentorship. Reimbursement will be made within 30 days by FSFA to the recipient after receiving said receipts.
Mentorship Expenses may NOT exceed $400.00
8. Scholarships and Mentorships Must be completed before the Annual Convention the following year.
9. Recipients must volunteer at Mid-Season, Annual Convention or an FSFA sponsored event and help raise funds for future recipients.
9. All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are Final.