The Billy Barwald Scholarship was established in 2016 by the Northeast Chapter of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) to commemorate Billy’s dedication, enthusiasm and many years of service in the horticultural industry. Billy created and ran Barwald Landscaping for over 60 years and in 1990 he started the Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery with his son, Michael, in Jacksonville Florida. He also was the third Landscape Architect registered in the State of Florida. Billy was a charter member of the 1953 establishment of the Florida Nursery and Growers Association (now FNGLA) and was elected to the FNGLA’s Hall of Fame in 2010. It is fitting that the Billy Barwald Scholarship invests in a new generation of young professionals to further the horticultural industry for years to come.
1. Have resided prior to enrollment in horticultural program within the boundaries of one of the following Florida counties: St. Johns, Duval, Clay, Nassau or Baker. Intended college of choice must be in the state of Florida, but not limited to the previously listed stated counties for a minimum of one year:
2. Maintain a minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 2.5
3. Student must be enrolled full-time in a college horticulture program or agriculture-related field with the intent to graduate in that field.
4. Award recipients are eligible to reapply for a scholarship annually
Students must return all of the following to the National Horticulture Foundation by the required deadline of January 15th annually. (Recipients will be notified in April annually of their award amount.)
Return completed application and attachments to:
BY MAIL: Billy Barwald Scholarship, National Horticulture Foundation, 1533 Park Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32835 (Downloadable application is available on the National Horticulture Foundation website.) Students must provide a complete application with the below items.
ELECTRONICALLY: Students must provide a complete application with the below items.
1. Completed scholarship application
2. Proof of acceptance or enrollment in vocational school, community college, four-year university, or graduate school for upcoming semester, if not currently attending.
3. High school or college transcripts (can be forwarded by institution, but must received before deadline)
5. Two letters of recommendation